Fulbright Scholar Award

Morocco-Spain Joint Teaching/Research Award

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13367-MC
Activity Type
Research
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Approximately
1
Award Start Period
September 2023
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January 2024
Award Length
6 months
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10 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Multi-country
Morocco
Spain
Multi-Country/Area Award
Yes
Multi-Country
2
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Award sponsored by Fulbright Commissions in Madrid and Rabat

  • Scholars may teach, conduct research or pursue a combination of teaching/research activities at Spanish and Moroccan academic and research institution
  • Projects that are comparative in nature and address issues linking Spain & Morocco are strongly encouraged
  • Activities may include presenting lectures, seminars and workshops as arranged by host institutions or the Fulbright Commissions
  • No less than 40% of the grant period may be spent in either country.
Locations Detail

Spanish and Moroccan universities, institutions of higher education, cultural, or research centers.

Award Length and Period

Six to 10 months

Grants may begin anytime after September 1, 2023 and must be completed by July 31, 2024.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

A letter of invitation is required from a host institution in each country.

  • Applicants must arrange affiliation with a host institution in both Spain and Morocco.
  • Letters must indicate the names and positions of the academic advisers from the host institutions with whom the scholar will collaborate.
  • The letters should also specify the teaching programs, workloads, and availability of research resources.
  • The letters of affiliation should indicate that authors understand the proposed project or teaching and/or research.
  • Host institutions are encouraged to note direct and in-kind contributions (such as facilities) in the letter of invitation/affiliation. These contributions help maximize the benefits provided by the Fulbright Program and can serve as a sign of the host institution’s commitment to the particular project.

The Fulbright Commission in Spain cannot assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions. 

The Fulbright Commission in Morocco can offer suggestions and propose institutions and contacts but securing an affiliate is the applicant's responsibility.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

Language proficiency should be commensurate with the project scope. Spanish, Arabic, or French proficiency is not required as long as it is not necessary to complete the teaching or research project.

  • Some study of Spanish and Arabic or French prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community. Please discuss this point with your host institutions beforehand.
  • In Spain, ask specifically whether a language other than Spanish is widely used in the area (Catalan, Basque, or Galician).
Additional Qualification Information

Open to mid-career and senior scholars in all relevant disciplines at all academic ranks and professional equivalents. 

Candidates with dual U.S.-Spanish citizenship, or candidates who are residing in Spain at the time of application or anytime thereafter are not eligible for the Fulbright program in Spain.

Additional Comments

For Research in Morocco:

Moroccan government clearance is required for all research projects and this may take three or four months to obtain once submitted by the Commission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Fulbright Commission in Rabat requests clearance on behalf of all American Fulbrighters. The project statement in your application must include a detailed plan of research. A one-page summary of proposed activities in Arabic or French is also required for research clearance. This summary can be added in the letter of invitation section of the application.  If the applicant is not proficient in one of these two languages, it is recommended that the applicant get the summary translated. The Commission will forward this summary along with the clearance request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While awaiting official clearance, research may be done on the basis of a "lettre d'attestation" (letter of credence) which will be provided by the Commission. Subsequent changes to the research topic, host institution, or research sites are not recommended, as a second research clearance may have to be initiated, which will take additional time. With some exceptions, notably research in political affairs, research may begin with the lettre d'attestation, which is delivered to grantees during in-country orientation. Applicants should be aware of their on-line presence, since negative remarks concerning Morocco may surface during the official clearance process, resulting in denial of clearance.

Additional information for Moroccan research clearance will be requested at the semi-final (or final) selection stage.

Award Allowances

Spain:       

  • Scholar: € 3,200 per month (about $ 3850 USD, subject to change based on currency fluctuations)
  • Dependents: a monthly allowance of €150 (approximately $165) for one dependent or €300 (approximately $330) for two or more dependents.

These amounts cover the monthly stipend, housing and living allowances.

Morocco:      

  • Base: $2,000-$2,300 per month, depending on grant type and seniority
  • Housing: $700-$900 per month, depending on number of dependents
  • Monthly subsistence: $900-$1,500 per month, depending on number of dependents

Allowances identified above for dependents apply only to those accompanying the Scholar for at least 80 percent of the grant period in each country. Funds will be distributed 70% in Moroccan Dirhams and 30% in U.S. Dollars.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

One-time travel allowance for round-trip travel from/to the U.S. and travel from the first country (Morocco or Spain) to the second country (Morocco or Spain) as follows:

$2,400 for the scholar, plus $1200 per dependent for up to two dependents.

This allowance is provided by funding from both the U.S.-Morocco and U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commissions.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Spain: N/A

Morocco: $500 if the scholar will reside in Morocco for more than five months, $250 if less than five months.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Spain: No tuition allowance will be provided. Both public and private schools in Spain have bilingual or English language instruction available. 

Morocco: No tuition allowance will be provided. English-language schooling is available. An alliance of American schools in Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier follow a regular U.S. curriculum. For Department of State information on K-12 schools in general, visit the Office of Overseas Schools website. Information is also available about RabatCasablancaMarrakech, and Tangier.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Countries Overview

Spain and Morocco share environmental, historical, and cultural links at all levels back through time. These range from their shared geology and climate in the western Mediterranean to the kingdoms of Al-Andalus and the Sephardic Jewish community and more modern times with the establishment of the Spanish Protectorate over northern Morocco and the presence of Spanish cities, Ceuta and Melilla, along the southern shores of the Mediterranean on the African continent. Nearly a half million Moroccans have migrated to Spain in the last generation and Spanish investment in Morocco is strong and widespread.  Deep artistic and architectural influences are shared between the two countries. 

Morocco offers much to the talented researcher, teacher, or scholar. With its three major languages—Arabic, Berber (Amazigh), and French—Morocco’s past is reflected in every aspect of its present. American grantees in Morocco have lived in environments ranging from big-city Casablanca to nomadic encampments in the Sahara. The Moroccan university year begins in late September and runs through late June to early July. University breaks depend on Islamic holidays, fall in the latter half of January following fall semester exams, and there is a spring break in mid-March. More information on Moroccan institutions of higher education may be found at the 2018 University Web Ranking website for Morocco. The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) in Rabat, the Fulbright Commission for Morocco, can help you make contact with Moroccan universities, professors, professionals, and NGOs. All Fulbright programs for Morocco are available at the MACECE website. If seeking support for a possible host institution affiliate, please send your CV and proposal abstract to  Executive Director Rebecca Geffner (r.geffner@fulbright.ma) with your inquiry.  

Grantees and their accompanying dependents may need to renew their tourist visas every three months. While MACECE will make every effort to assist grantees and their dependents in requesting visa extensions from the Moroccan government, grantees must recognize the possibility that visa renewal requests may be denied. In some cases, there may be a need to exit Morocco to another country and re-enter to obtain a new tourist visa entry stamp.  All expenses associated with visa renewals and the exit/re-entry costs associated with the renewal process are the responsibility of the grantees, in accordance with their grant terms and conditions. 

Spain is one of the most multi-ethnic nations in Europe, both today and in its past. Spain's universities are increasingly focused on internationalization. By offering degree programs taught partially or entirely in English, they are attracting students from a wide variety of other countries, providing viewpoints in studies and discussions that are often unique and enriching for U.S. Scholars. Scholars will be afforded the opportunity to both teach (undergraduate and/or graduate students, depending on award) and research at their host institutions, and are often invited to work with faculty on curriculum development. Research groups are usually multicultural and English is predominantly the working language. Research/teaching proposals will be evaluated not only for their excellence, but also for their potential to increase mutual understanding and future collaboration between Spain and the United States. The academic year in Spain broadly runs from September to June, with breaks during the Winter and Spring holidays (approximately December 22-January 8 and coinciding with the weeks surrounding and including the Catholic Holy Week). Research activity continues in July, whereas August is a very quiet month and most institutions are closed. For more detailed information about Spain, please see the OECD's Spain profile. Prospective applicants may contact the Spanish Fulbright Commission for further information at informacion@fulbright.es or www.fulbright.es.

Research/teaching proposals will be evaluated not only for their excellence but also for their potential to increase mutual understanding and future collaboration between Spain, Morocco, and the United States. Spain and Morocco share environmental, historical, and cultural links at all levels back through time and the aim of this award is to heighten awareness of those links.

Morocco

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

American grantees in Morocco have lived in environments ranging from big-city Casablanca to nomadic encampments in the Sahara. With its three major languages—Arabic, Berber (Amazigh), and French—Morocco’s past is reflected in every aspect of its present. As Moroccans live out the reality of their rapidly changing country, as questions of language, education, gender equality, industrialization, and infrastructure dominate the human landscape, Fulbrighters come to Morocco to teach, study, research, and engage with everyday life. Morocco offers much to the talented researcher, teacher, or scholar, and the Commission is your guide to becoming a grantee in Morocco.

The Moroccan university year begins in late September or early October and runs through late June to early July. University breaks depend on Islamic holidays, come in the latter half of January following fall semester exams, and there is a spring break in mid-March. More information, in French, on Moroccan institutions of higher education may be found at the 2018 University Web Ranking website for Morocco.

The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) in Rabat can help make contact with Moroccan universities, professors, professionals, and NGOs. All of MACECE's programs are detailed on the Commission website.

Grantees and their accompanying dependents may need to renew their tourist visas every three months. While MACECE will make every effort to assist grantees and their dependents in requesting visa extensions from the Moroccan government, grantees must recognize the possibility that visa renewal requests may be denied. In some cases, there may be a need to exit Morocco to another country and re-enter to obtain a new tourist visa entry stamp.  All expenses associated with visa renewals and the exit/re-entry costs associated with the renewal process are the responsibility of the grantees, in accordance with their grant terms and conditions. 

Spain

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Summary

Contingent upon availability of funds, up to 11 All Discipline awards for postdoctoral researchers, and a variety of co-sponsored awards for Senior Research, Teaching or Teaching/Research are available. The co-sponsored awards have unique scopes and features and detailed information can be found in each individual award description.

The U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission provides extensive support to selected candidates regarding administrative issues, such as the visa and documentation process, and ample pre-departure and arrival information. However, assistance in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions cannot be provided. 

Please note that candidates with dual U.S./Spanish citizenship, or candidates who are residing in Spain at the time of application or anytime thereafter, are not eligible for the Fulbright Program in Spain.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in Spain?

Although Spain may be known for its nice weather and beautiful beaches, there are many other reasons why Spain has long been held as one of the most desirable destinations for Fulbright grantees. Spain’s higher education and research institutions, technological advancement, cultural opportunities, and modern infrastructures add to the country’s appeal as one of the most popular tourist destinations. Besides, Spain’s relatively low cost of living makes it very affordable when compared to most other countries in the EU.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Spain has the third highest life expectancy among the 38 OECD member countries at just above 83 years, and is ranked as the 8th safest country in which to live. In fact, 82% of Spanish citizens report that they feel safe walking alone at night.

Spain has an excellent public transportation system. With its large-city public transport systems including metro networks, buses, and trains, it is very easy to get around cities in Spain or even across the country.

If you plan to come to Spain with your family, you’ll love the child-friendly environment; although finding a good school in Spain will probably be one of your main concerns, you’ll find that there are many options including public, private, international and semi-private (concertados) schools.

For more detailed information about Spain, please see the OECD's Spain profile.

General Information about Spanish Universities and Research in Spain

There are 76 universities in Spain, most of which are supported by state funding. 24 Spanish universities are private, and seven are affiliated with the Catholic Church. Spain's universities are increasingly focused on internationalization. By offering degree programs taught partially or entirely in English, they are attracting students from a wide variety of other countries, providing viewpoints in studies and discussions that are often unique and enriching for U.S. Scholars. Depending on the award, Scholars will be afforded the opportunity to teach both undergraduate and/or graduate students and/or carry out research, and are often invited to work with faculty on curriculum development. Research groups are usually multicultural and English is the language predominantly used in lab settings.

The academic year in Spain broadly runs from September to June, with breaks during the Winter and Spring holidays (approximately December 22-January 6 and coinciding with the weeks surrounding and including Easter). Research activity continues in July, whereas August is a very quiet month, and most institutions are closed.

Additionally, there are eight national and public research institutions that, together with universities, form the basic core of the Spanish public system of scientific research and technological development in Spain. These include:

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

The Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT)

The Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME),

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO),

The National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA),

The Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII),

The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC)

The National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA).

Researchers are usually fluent in English, although there may be wide differences in the students' English proficiency. For day-to-day life, a working knowledge of Spanish is useful, especially in smaller cities and towns. Language proficiency should be commensurate with the project's scope. Please discuss this point with your host institution in advance.

The friendly and open nature of most Spaniards will make it easy for you to engage in multidisciplinary research groups and collaborate with your host institution much more than you initially expected. Many former Fulbright Scholars to Spain maintain and nurture the mutual engagement and joint research they initiated with their Spanish hosts while they enjoyed their Fulbright grant.

Prospective applicants may contact the Spanish Fulbright Commission for further information at informacion@fulbright.es or www.fulbright.es.

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