Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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15 Fulbright Study/Research Grants


Applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in written and spoken Arabic to conduct the proposed study. An applicant for a language-only grant must have studied Arabic for a minimum of two years.

Applicants may also apply for a Critical Language Enhancement Award to improve the feasibility of their proposals. Critical Language Enhancement Awards provide an opportunity for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants. Read more details about the Critical Language Enhancement Award program, and follow the Egypt-specific CLEA guidelines.

Academic year:

Two semesters: September through mid-January, and mid-January through May.

Grant period:

9 months.  All grants should have an official start date of on/about September 1, 2014. Exceptions will be considered, on a case-by-case basis, to defer a grant start date until no later than the beginning of the second semester of the academic year. All grantees must attend the Pre-departure Orientation in Washington DC  in June/July 2014. Grantees are also expected to attend the post-arrival orientation conducted by the Fulbright Commission in mid- September 2014.

If awarded Critical Language Enhancement Awards (CLEAs), grantees proposing to conduct research/graduate studies may defer their Fulbright grant start dates to no later than on/about March 1, 2015, to pursue their CLEA studies prior to their Fulbright awards. Grantees proposing full-time Arabic language study pursue their CLEA studies after their Fulbright language grants.

Candidate profile :

Preference is given to students enrolled in American graduate degree programs. Applicants at all degree levels will be considered.

Grants are awarded to individuals who wish to:

  • Conduct research; or
  • Pursue graduate degree programs; or
  • Pursue full time Arabic language study.

Full-time Arabic language study and research cannot be combined in the same grant.


Each grantee must be affiliated with a host institution approved by the Fulbright Commission. The Commission arranges host-institution affiliations for research grantees at Egyptian national or private academic institutions and research entities. Affiliation with the American University in Cairo (AUC) is limited to full-time Arabic language study and graduate degree programs. Applicants may indicate a preferred institution. Although not mandatory, a letter of invitation from a potential host institution may be included in the application. A grantee wishing to pursue Arabic language or graduate studies must apply directly to the program of his/her choice. For language-only grants, preference is given to students enrolled in the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA). A separate application procedure applies  for the CASA program. For additional information, applicants should visit www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa/.


  • Grantees who enroll in diploma or degree programs/coursework, will need to secure independent (non-Fulbright) funds to cover the local university’s tuition costs and fees.
  • For language-only grantees enrolled in CASA, tuition and fees are defrayed by the Fulbright Commission and CASA. However, program and registration fees are covered entirely by the grantee. For other language-only grants, the Commission defrays the cost of tuition incurred to a ceiling of $12,000 or its equivalent in Egyptian Pounds (EGP).
  • Graduate study and research grants carry a modest provision for Arabic language study.
  • Grantees proposing projects in the Creative and Performing Arts and Creative Writing will receive a modest provision for private instruction in the field of specialization of the project, undertaken during the grant period in Egypt.

Special Considerations:

Applicants must include an abstract of their projects in Arabic (and its English version) as part of their Fulbright application package. When preparing the abstract offline, it should be appended after the Statement of Grant Purpose essay, so that there will be up to three pages for the two statements. The statements should be uploaded into the Embark application system as a single PDF document. This abstract goes forward in the application for research clearance.

Research clearance :

The Fulbright Commission issues grants approved by the Government of Egypt. Not all fieldwork is permitted, and projects regarding subjects that are socially, culturally, or politically sensitive may be denied clearance. The Fulbright Commission applies for all necessary clearances, and facilitates archival work and contact with the Egyptian academic community.

Dependents :

Grantees with accompanying dependents receive a small supplementary allowance as part of their Fulbright and/or CLEA grant benefits.

I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.