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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.
Host institutions welcome scholars activities related to capacity building in English language programs, TEFL/TESOL field, favoring a focus on the below activities:
• Teach undergraduate and graduate English Language courses, with an emphasis on English language teacher training
• Support the development of new and expanding programs and curricula, material development, community engagement projects in support of academic objectives, testing and evaluation and program design and implementation
• Conduct training programs and workshops for English language instructors
• Assist with student teacher advising, provide tutorials, supervise student practica and participate in seminars
• Consult on the development of B.A. and M.A. programs at host institution
• Final activities and courses to be determined in consultation with host institution
There are no requirements for a teaching/research ratio, as this depends on the agreement between the scholar and the host institution.
More information about teaching and/or research proposals available here.
- Al-Quds University, Abu Deis and East Jerusalem
- Al-Quds Open University, Ramallah (with many branches)
- Bethlehem University, Bethlehem
- Birzeit University, Birzeit
- An Najah University, Nablus
- Palestine Ahliya University, Bethlehem (PAUC)
- Arab American University, Jenin (with branch in Ramallah)
- Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem
- Hebron University, Hebron
- Palestine Polytechnic University, Hebron
Five-month grants may begin in either August 2023 or January 2024
10-month grants should begin in August 2023.
All American grantees researching or teaching in Jerusalem and the West Bank must live within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem (including East Jerusalem), or any major city within Area A of the West Bank:
- Bethlehem (including Beit Jala and Beit Sahour)
- Tul Karem
Grantees are advised to find lodging in the above mentioned locations. The location of all proposed residences must be individually reviewed for suitability by the Regional Security Officer (RSO) of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem. The grantee must share their contact information and their home address as soon as they obtain it.
Due to security concerns, grantees are advised against hitchhiking or using public buses in Israel and the West Bank. Renting a car is allowed, as is the use of private and service taxi cabs and the light rail in Jerusalem depending on local security conditions.
Grantees must obtain a cell phone and register their cell phone number with the Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem. While in the West Bank and Jerusalem, grantees must be reachable by Embassy officials at all times. Grantees who are traveling outside of Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Israel must notify Embassy officials in advance of their trip. It is suggested that grantees obtain an additional phone/SIM card dedicated for West Bank travel such as Jawwal, as some Israeli carriers are unreliable in the Palestinian territories.
Grantees must agree to refrain from or modify their travel to certain parts of the West Bank, or the West Bank in its entirety, if the U.S. Embassy Emergency Action Committee determines that such travel is unsafe. If there are changes to the travel policy, the Office of Palestinian Affairs will coordinate notification to the grantees and notify the RSO. Grantees may not travel to the Gaza Strip under any conditions.
During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Middle East and North Africa region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (five to 14 days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program.
A letter of invitation is preferred, but not required. Host institution affiliations will be confirmed by the Office of the Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem, but applicants are highly encouraged to indicate a preference and, if possible, submit a letter of invitation as part of the application.
Most teaching will be in English; Arabic language proficiency may be required for teaching in certain disciplines. For research grants, Arabic or other applicable language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is required; applicants must complete the language proficiency evaluation. For applicants without Arabic or other applicable language proficiency, feasibility of conducting research in English must be demonstrated in the proposal.
For teaching awards, a minimum of three years of higher education teaching experience is required.
- Al-Quds University: Dr. Hanna Abdel Nour, Vice President for Academic Affairs, email@example.com
- Al-Quds Open University: Dr. Samir Najdi, Vice President for Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
- An Najah University: Dr. Mohammed Alamleh, Academic Affairs Office, email@example.com
- Bethlehem University: Dr. Irene Hazou, Vice President for Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Birzeit University: Dr. Faizal Awadallah, Vice President for Academic Affairs, email@example.com
- Dar al Kalima University College of Arts & Culture: Dr. Nuha Khoury, Vice President for Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hebron University: Naim Daour, Manager of the President's Office, email@example.com
- Palestine Ahliya University College, Bethlehem (PAUC): Dr. Ali Abu Maria, Vice President for Planning and Development Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Palestine Polytechnic University: Dr. Mustafa Abu Safa, Vice President for Academic Affairs, email@example.com
$1,750 for relocation, in-transit, and excess baggage fees.
Plus a round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent selected by IIE.
$1150 books and educational materials allowance for teaching or teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.
Additional living (monthly) allowance is provided for grantees with one dependent or two or more dependents. These amounts range from $350/month to $700/month.
Round-trip, economy-class, international travel is arranged by travel agent selected by IIE, for up to two dependents.
Dependent tuition allowance for dependents in grades K-12 is provided on a reimbursement basis upon submission of reciepts, and based on the availability of funds. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only.
- One semester grants: up to $4,250 per child, or $8,500 per two children.
- Two semester grants: up to $8,500 per child, or $17,000 per two children.
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.
Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.
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 reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
Palestinian Territories (West Bank)
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program strengthens partnerships between U.S. and Palestinian universities and allows students and faculty members to share expertise and enhance local education. The academic calendar runs from mid-August to mid-June. The Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem and host institutions can assist Fulbright scholars to find appropriate housing as well as schools for dependents.
Affiliation for U.S. Scholars to the West Bank is limited to Al-Quds University (Abu Deis Campus, Beit Hanina Campus, Old City Center), Al-Quds Open University (Ramallah), Arab American University of Palestine (Jenin and Rihan Campuses), Bethlehem University (Bethlehem), Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (Bethlehem), Birzeit University (Birzeit), Palestine Ahliyeh University College (Bethlehem), Najah University (Nablus), Palestine Polytechnic University (Hebron), and Hebron University (Hebron).
Residency: All American grantees must initially enter Israel via Ben Gurion Airport. All grantees must enter and exit the West Bank using their U.S. passports via checkpoints approved by the Regional Security Office (RSO). RSO will provide a list of these approved checkpoints that is commensurate with the local security environment. RSO will provide a security briefing to review travel in and out of the West Bank. Although the Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem will make every effort to assist with long-term visas, grantees and their accompanying dependents may need to renew their visas every three months. 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. Grantees must recognize the possibility that visa renewal requests may be denied.
All American grantees researching, studying, or teaching in Jerusalem and the West Bank must live within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem (including East Jerusalem) or any major city in Zone A of the West Bank (Jericho, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Tul Karem, Jenin, etc.). Post recommends that grantees find lodging in the above mentioned locations. The location of all proposed residences must be individually reviewed by the U.S. Embassy's RSO and approved by the Office of Palestinian Affairs. The grantee must share their contact information and their home address as soon as they obtain it. Furthermore, RSO will provide grantees with emergency contact information for the U.S. Embassy (Post One) and local emergency services.
Travel: Due to security concerns, grantees are prohibited from hitchhiking and caution is advised when using public buses. Renting a car is allowed, as is the use of private and service taxi cabs and the light rail in Jerusalem, depending on local security conditions. Grantees must obtain a cell phone and register their cell phone number with the Office of Palestinian Affairs. While in the West Bank and Jerusalem, grantees must be reachable by U.S government officials at all times. Grantees who are traveling outside of Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Israel must notify Embassy officials in advance of their trip. It is suggested that grantees obtain an additional phone/SIM card dedicated for West Bank travel such as Jawwal, as some Israeli carriers are unreliable in the Palestinian territories. Grantees must agree to refrain from or modify their travel to certain parts of the West Bank, or the West Bank in its entirety, if the U.S. Embassy Emergency Action Committee determines that such travel is unsafe. If there are changes to the Post travel policy, the Palestinian Affairs Unit will coordinate notification to the grantees and notify RSO. Grantees may not travel to the Gaza Strip under any conditions. Grantees should avoid refugee camps and all demonstrations.
Contact Policy: Current U.S. policy prohibits recipients of U.S. government funding from having contact with members of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). A list of such organizations is available on the internet at the Bureau of Counterterrorism's website. If you have any doubt about whether you may contact a specific individual or institution, please contact the Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem.
Security: Grantees must receive a security briefing from the RSO after arriving in Jerusalem and before beginning their program in the West Bank. Grantees must register through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security updates for the American community. Grantees are advised to read the Travel Warning and Country Specific Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza prior to arrival. Failure to comply with the above rules is grounds for immediate termination of the grant.
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