Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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12 Open Study/Research Awards

Award Profile:

The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) is interested in supporting fieldwork and research in areas of relevance to U.S.-Morocco relations, including: culture, economic integration, religion, society and politics, science and technology, ecological and environmental issues, public health, human rights, law and security, education, and migration issues.

MACECE also supports projects in the arts (both Performance and Fine Arts) that create and enhance the dialogue between the U.S. and Moroccan artist communities.

Grant Period:

9 months

Grantees are expected to arrive in Morocco together to attend a group orientation the first week in September. The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) arranges the grantees' air travel to Morocco and their return to the United States.  Students proposing fieldwork or library research are not bound by the dates of the Moroccan academic year. Grantees accepted for and using the full extent of the Critical Language Enhancement Award may spend up to 6 months studying language before beginning their research under the Fulbright grant, bringing the total period in residence to as much as 15 months.

Pre-Departure Orientation:


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in June-July 2017 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile:

Applicants at all degree levels will be considered. Ideal applicants should propose a distinctive research project relevant to Morocco that can be reasonably accomplished in 9 months. Applicants possessing appropriate language facility and previous cross-cultural experience will find their research more effectively accomplished and their Fulbright experience enhanced. Applicants whose research projects illustrate a specific knowledge of Morocco, the Maghreb, the Arab-African world, and Islam, for example, will have a better grasp of research possibilities. The Commission looks with favor on applicants who intend to sustain their experience in Morocco through further study and work experience that builds on the Fulbright grant and promotes long-term connections with Morocco. 

Accepted Degree Levels:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: Candidates for research projects must have either an intermediate level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) or the same in Moroccan Arabic, called Darija (which differs considerably from MSA), or an intermediate level of French. In general, the most useful languages are Darija and French and the ability to understand written MSA. In some cases, Amazigh (Berber) may be needed. For all grantees lacking a command of Moroccan Arabic, including those participating in the Critical Language Enhancement Award program (see below), the Commission strongly recommends that they begin their grants with six weeks of intensive study of the dialect. MACECE organizes, through the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF), an intensive program in Darija. Grantees already highly proficient in MSA may be able to adapt to Moroccan Arabic on their own or through the assistance of a tutor. MACECE discourages the use of translators for research under Fulbright.

All awards for student and ETA grantees include $2500 for the study of a relevant field language.  For those participating in the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA), this money can be used only following completion of the CLEA grant. In order to utilize these funds grantees must submit a plan for formal language study to the Commission for approval; programs of study for Arabic (both MSA and Darija), Amazigh (all dialects), French, Spanish, and Hebrew have all been approved.

Critical Language Enhancement Award:

Authorized languages are Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Darija only.

Prior Language Study: Grantees must have completed a minimum of two academic semesters of MSA at a recognized institution of language instruction (university, college, language school) prior to beginning their program in Morocco.

Dates and Timing: All grantees to Morocco must begin their programs in September, generally the week following the in-country orientation. Any exception must be approved by the Fulbright Commission Director. CLEA duration is a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 6 months.

Approved Institutions:

  • Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF Fez)
  • Subul Assalam Centre for the Arabic Language (SACAL Fez)
  • Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL Rabat)
  • Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies (Qalam Rabat)
  • Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies (MCAS Rabat)
  • Al Akhawayn University (AUI Ifrane)
  • Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM Meknes)
  • AAIN Arabic Institute (AAIN Meknes)
  • Association Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture (DSH Agadir)
  • Dar Loughat Cross-Cultural Center (Tetouan)

All research grantees may take advantage of a six-week course of Darija designed for Fulbrighters at ALIF beginning each September. CLEA participants may also take part in the six-week course as part of their CLEA period of study.

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


The Commission encourages grantee affiliation with universities, NGOs, or other appropriate Moroccan institutions or individuals. For more detailed information on Moroccan institutions of higher education, please consult http://www.enssup.gov.ma/fr

To demonstrate the applicant's level of preparation and seriousness, MACECE strongly encourages applicants to present at least one letter of invitation, affiliation, or support from a Moroccan institution, university professor, or relevant Moroccan individual to be included as part of the application. 

Academic Year:

Early October to early July; there is no summer semester.  The autumn semester ends with final exams in January and the spring semester begins 2-3 weeks afterward.  The semester start dates at Moroccan public universities often vary, are imprecise, and subject to day-to-day and last-minute changes.

Field of Study Restrictions:

Restrictions on the study of certain topics vary in Morocco, so questions concerning the sensitivity of the research project should be discussed with the Commission well in advance of completing the application.  Questions of this nature asked of the Commission late in the application process may not receive adequate attention.

Research Clearance:

As soon as Fulbright Finalists' applications are complete, the Commission forwards a data sheet to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that outlines each research topic, timeline, and location(s) in order for grantees to receive research clearance. Applicants should specify locations for their research (provinces, cities, villages) in their applications. Upon arrival, MACECE provides all grantees with an all-purpose and widely accepted “lettre d’attestation” (letter of certification)

Grantees do not need to apply for a visa to come to Morocco.  The initial 3-month "tourist visa" is the entry stamp made in your passport upon entry.

Once settled in Morocco, grantees may apply for Moroccan residency before their 3-month tourist visa expires or as soon as practically possible, which means in conformity with Moroccan regulations concerning residency cards (the "carte de séjour"). The carte de séjour may be difficult to acquire but the Commission recommends grantees attempt to get their residency cards. On the other hand, the tourist visa can be renewed by simply leaving Moroccan territory for at least 24 hours and then returning.The tourist visa can also be extended through a formal but sometimes simple process, the "prolongation du visa".

Specific Considerations:

Applicants must include a Summary (not to exceed one page in length) of their Statement of Grant Purpose in Arabic and/or French as part of their Fulbright application package.  The Arabic and/or French Summary should be uploaded with the English version and appended to it, so that there will be up to three pages total for the two statements. The Summary goes forward in the application for research clearance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Special Opportunities:

Morocco’s broad geographic, environmental, and social diversity presents significant potential for a wide variety of research topics. Grantees' research topics may focus on contemporary Moroccan society, history, health issues, language, and literature, as well as on the life sciences, agriculture, environmental studies, and other scientific areas. Applicants with proposals in the arts are especially welcome. The Commission looks with interest at applications indicating residence and research in locations across the breadth of the country, i.e., not just in Rabat, Marrakesh or Fez.


Dependent support is available

12 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Award Profile:

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims at strengthening English language instruction at Moroccan public universities by providing assistance to the permanent Moroccan teaching staff. At the same time, ETAs benefit from cross-cultural interactions, research possibilities, and volunteering opportunities.

Grant Period:

10 months, including the general MACECE Fulbright orientation and the ETA orientation following it in September.

Grant dates must correspond to the MACECE orientation and the academic year in Morocco: early September 2017 through early July 2018. 

Pre-Departure Orientation:


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in June-July 2017 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile:

Candidates with degrees in English, American Studies, Arabic, French, Education, TESOL, or applied linguistics with some experence in teaching or tutoring are preferred. Other fields will be considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Preference will be given to those with a Master's in a relevant field and those with significant teaching experience. Preference will also be given to candidates with an expressed interest in pursuing a career in education and with demonstrated experence, including volunteer activities. Some teaching experience is required.

ETAs should be strong self-starters who can deal with the unexpected, are flexible and culturally sensitive, and self-sufficient. Placements are made by the Commission and are throughout the Moroccan public university system.

See the following for information concerning all Moroccan universities and related institutes and schools: http://www.enssup.gov.ma/fr

Accepted Degree Levels:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: ETA applicants must be articulate and accurate speakers of English who can serve as native-speaker resources. Expertise in various aspects of English, such as grammar, composition, reading, rhetoric, and literature is highly desirable. Following the general orientation for all Fulbrighters, ETAs attend a two-week orientation in Rabat in September, which includes daily classes in Moroccan Arabic, called Darija, and lectures focusing on how to teach in the Moroccan university system.

ETAs in Morocco are not eligible for the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) or the six-week ALIF course, but receive 30+ hours of instruction in Darija during the two-week orientation in Rabat prior to departing for their host sites. ETAs also receive the equivalent of $2500 for language study.

In order to activate these funds, the grantee must submit a formal plan of study to the Commission for authorization.

Placement Type:

ETAs are placed in Moroccan public universities throughout the country. The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE), in cooperation with host universities, places ETAs at institutions based on the grantee profile and the host institution's needs. ETA program plans are developed and implemented within the context of the goals and needs of the Ministry of Higher Education and the pressing need for English teachers in Moroccan universities in all faculties. 

ETAs teach English courses as established in the curricula of the various university programs and are engaged in classroom teaching for no more than 10 hours per week. Since the concept of "teaching assistant" is lacking in Morocco, almost all ETAs are stand-alone teachers in the classroom, responsible for developing their own lesson plans and managing their own classrooms. Responsibilities may also extend to giving presentations on topics related to the United States, the English language, or participating in university cultural events. Most ETAs also contribute time to volunteer work in their communities. Independent study and research are also encouraged but should not conflict with teaching duties.

Applicants for the ETA program should be aware that the universities may have requirements for the English classes they teach. The course content and the exam content may be directed by the university management.

The Moroccan university year begins variously from late September to mid-October and runs to early July; there is no summer semester.  The autumn semester ends with final exams in January and the spring semester begins 2-3 weeks afterward.  The semester start dates at Moroccan public universities are often imprecise and subject to day-to-day and last-minute changes.

General Comments:

Moroccan government clearance is required for all foreign teachers and researchers. MACECE supplies all necessary clearances for those who are offered Fulbright grants.  


Dependent support is available

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.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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.