Middle East and North Africa

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The Fulbright U.S. Scholar program to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) offers unique opportunities for scholars to immerse themselves in one of the most dynamic political and social landscapes in the world. Fulbright Scholars to MENA contribute to the region’s legacy of excellence in scholarship through a wide range of awards.

From researching Public Policy and International Relations in Jordan, to teaching Engineering in Tunisia, to a myriad of All-Discipline awards, MENA offers exciting Fulbright opportunities for Scholars at all career levels.


Quotes from Scholars



Dr. Casey Allen in traditional Bedouin garb with Abu Ali and Abu Marwan, in Abu Ali's main cave/shop along the road to Shobak in Jordan.

Jordan (Lecturing/Research, 2015-16)
"As a Geographer, exploration represents my core. I’ve always been keen on experiencing new places and have lived, studied, and/or visited many different countries over the years. But living in Jordan as a Fulbrighter has been one of my most life-enriching experiences. Until you walk in a landscape, you don’t really understand it, and that’s what the Fulbright Program has allowed me to do. Jordan’s physical landscape is more varied than you’d think, and exploring its width and breadth has been exciting and yielded some great research endeavors I would not have otherwise. And then there are the people. The generosity of Jordanians – whether Bedouin, Palestinian, Syrian, or some other heritage – never ceases to humble and amaze me. The Fulbright program is meant to promote long-lasting friendships and, in Jordan, I found it at seemingly every turn."
Israel (Research, 2011-12)
"Coming to Israel for my postdoc I feel has been a significant opportunity, and I am grateful the Fulbright organization has supported this. In addition to science and academics, I developed many useful skills, including understanding and working with people from other cultures, communicating across language barriers, as well as dealing with practical limitations and bureaucracy. These issues I think are particularly relevant in a world that is becoming increasingly international. My scientific field is made up of an international community. This is reflected in our conferences, publications, regulations and collaborations. Developing an understanding of the subtleties of working across borders and cultures is an asset."

Egypt (Teaching/Research, 2010-11)
"This Fulbright represents a return, or perhaps a turning point, in my academic career. I had left the Arabic language and Middle East studies nearly twenty years ago, for music composition, classical music theory, and jazz. These two interests do not normally overlap in my academic life in the US. My grant allowed me to combine these seemingly unrelated interests in a unique way. I had last lived in Cairo in 1989; now I was given the opportunity to teach jazz, that uniquely American musical art, in Egyptian Arabic. My students were delighted by this oddity - an American jazz pianist who also speaks their language and knows their music.  I was delighted by their (self-taught) passion for jazz and blues. Together we discovered metaphors for jazz forms and feelings in Arabic culture."

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in Middle East and North Africa can be found in the Scholar Directory.


Examples of Successful Projects


Dance Technology in an Ancient Land: Equipping the Future Artists of Israel to Participate in the Global Discussion
ISRAEL, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Jersualem

Wireless Sensor Networks for Distributed Solar Energy in Smart Grid Technology
MOROCCO, Al-Akhawayn University, Ifran

Comparing Food Security Strategies in the Arabian Gulf: A View From Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Al Ain

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in Middle East and North Africa can be found in the Scholar Directory.




CIES offers a series of resources providing detailed information on many aspects of the Fulbright Scholar Program opportunities. Depending on your interests, you can find a wealth of answers to your specific questions in our upcoming and archived webinars.

  • Presentation and Workshop Schedule - CIES program staff continue to visit university and college campuses countrywide, as well as participate in a range of conferences in the sciences. Please check the schedule to find out when program staff will be at an event near you. If you are interested in having CIES staff visit your campus and speak with department faculty about opportunities in your field, contact us at outreach@iie.org.


Contact Us



Lisa Hendricks, Regional Lead, Africa, Sub-Saharan / Middle East and North Africa, lhendricks@iie.org
Kaitlin Taylor, Program Coordinator, Africa, Sub-Saharan / Middle East and North Africa, ktaylor@iie.org


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