Middle East and North Africa

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The U.S. Fulbright Scholar program to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) offers a wide variety of opportunities in a  region that is rich with a myriad of cultures and traditions. The MENA Fulbright award offerings are diverse in discipline and activity, which allow scholars from virtually all focus areas to teach and conduct research at a plethora of prestigious universities, research institutes, and professional organizations. 

Fulbright scholars to the MENA region pursue their academic endeavors while building lasting relationships with colleagues and other nationals abroad; these relationships foster long term collaborations between individuals and institutions in the United States and countries in the region.

Examples of past Fulbright Awards to the region include:

  • Groundwater Management in Irrigated Highlands of Jordan;
  • Women, Children, and Violence in Classical Antiquity and Today in the West Bank;
  • Comparing Food Security Strategies in the Arabian Gulf: A View from Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia; and
  • Lecturing in Decision Science in Saudi Arabia

2015-2016 Regional Highlights:

The region offers an abundance of all discipline awards and while it may be useful to have knowledge of the local language(s), language proficiency is not a requirement for most countries.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholars are able to pursue awards in their fields across the region. Examples of these awards include:

Business Administration opportunities are available in the region, particularly in the Persian Gulf countries, for interested professionals and business faculty. Examples of awards in Business Administration include:

  • Business and Economics in Bahrain and Jordan
  • Business Administration and Management in Oman

Art and Cultural Heritage Preservation scholars have unique opportunities for a Fulbright Award in the Middle East and North Arica. Examples of awards in these disciplines include:      

  • All Disciplines in Morocco, preferred specialization for teaching in Dramatic Arts
  • Visual and Performing Arts in Egypt
  • Cultural Preservation and Heritage in Jordan

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Post-Doctoral and Early Career Awards are offered in many countries throughout the region including:                    

Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program (MENARRP) is an opportunity for experienced researchers to conduct research in two or more countries in the region. Applicants may incorporate other activities as time permits, such as conducting guest lectures and engaging in curriculum development.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Applied Linguistics projects are strongly encouraged in the Middle East and North Africa. To apply, please consult the individual country page within the Global TEFL Award for details. Please note that the activity of these awards is to train teachers of English and advise on TEFL curriculum development, as opposed to teaching English.

Flex Opportunities are available if scholars are not able to spend an extended time abroad, we welcome applications from scholars who propose multiple short term visits abroad.

Middle East and North Africa Regional Travel Program provides travel grants to individual U.S. Fulbright Scholars to spend a period of five to fourteen days including travel days in another Middle Eastern and North African country during their grant period to participate in professional activities such as lecturing, advising on curriculum development, and attending conferences at the invitation of a host university.

For more information on opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa, please contact:

Jordanna Enrich, Assistant Director, 202-686-6233 | jenrich@iie.org

Alina Hamden, Program Officer, 202-686-4022 | ahamden@iie.org

Cate McCraw, Program Coordinator, 202-686-6255 | cmccraw@iie.org

The Fulbright Specialist Program also offers short-term grants ranging from two to six weeks that focus on addressing the needs of host institutions in various countries across the region.