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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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/Administrator

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

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will 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 or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


7 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
CLEA Availability
  • Yes
Award Profile

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

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

Here is a video of student researcher and ETA grantees sharing their cultural experiences in Morocco during their Fulbright programs. 

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Flexible Start

Grantees proposing fieldwork or library research are not bound by the dates of the Moroccan academic year, but are subject to approval by the Fulbright Commission in Morocco. The Commission prefers, however, that student researchers start in September and attend an in-country orientation intended for all new US grantees.  This is an opportunity for grantees to establish a community in Morocco upon arrival and receive pertinent information about life in Morocco.  

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

All grantees are required to attend a virtual pre-departure orientation and in-country orientation upon arrival.   If grantees do not arrive in September, they are required to come to Rabat upon arrival to have an individualized orientation meeting with MACECE staff. 

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, and the Arab-African world for example, will have a better grasp of research possibilities.

While the Commission appreciates ambitious projects, applicants should consider the following questions: Can the research be reasonably conducted within a 9 month period? Does the researcher have the appropriate level of language proficiency for the intended research? Is the project plan feasible in terms of logistics, geography, timeline, appropriateness of connections/affiliate, methodology, language and cultural sensitivity? 

Researchers interested in conducting interviews or fieldwork involving human subjects should familiarize themselves with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and ethical standards process and take appropriate steps to prepare for this process. The IRB review plan should be explained in the research proposal.  

The Commission looks favorably 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. 

Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
6 Months
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

Applicants must include a PDF document to serve as a Summary of Research in either French or Arabic (not to exceed one page in length) which can be uploaded/appended to the designated upload field under the 'Statement of Grant Purpose' section > translated statement, as part of their Fulbright application package.  Applicants may be asked to provide further information that will be used in the semi-final stage for research clearance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Intermediate

Candidates for research projects must have either an intermediate level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), Darija, French, Spanish or Amazigh. This proficiency should be linked to the language most appropriate for the proposed research project.  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. In order to utilize these funds, grantees must submit a plan for formal language study to the Commission for approval.  Any language plan relevant to the research project may be considered.  

Critical Language Enhancement Award

Student researchers may apply for the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) which allows grantees to study MSA or Darija for up to six months prior to the start of their Fulbright research or concurrently during their program. Students accepted for CLEA may end up spending up to 15 months in Morocco (6 months of CLEA Program + 9 months of Fulbright Program). 

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline

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

The Commission strongly encourages grantee affiliation with professors, universities, NGOs, or other appropriate Moroccan institutions or individuals who are relevant to their field of research and project proposal. If the applicant chooses an NGO affiliate, there should also be an academic affiliate included.   For more detailed information on Moroccan institutions of higher education, please consult the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research website (Arabic) (French). Other useful websites are Jamiati.  Unirank, and 9rayti.



Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits
Housing Arrangements

Grantees will be responsible to secure their own appropriate housing based on the city where they plan to conduct their research. The Commission will provide access to an online portal that includes a city guide, as well as advice and recommendations from alumni on housing. Commission staff can review housing contracts and provide guidance as necessary. 

Dependent financial support is available

Some financial support may be available for legal spouses or dependents.  

Academic Year and Visa Information

The Academic Year in Morocco spans from October to early July with no summer semester. The fall semester ends with final exams in January and the spring semester typically begins 2-3 weeks afterwards. The semester start dates at Moroccan public universities often vary, are imprecise, and are subject to day-to-day and last-minute changes.

Grantees and their accompanying dependents need to renew their tourist visas every three months. Grantees are ineligible for cartes de sejour (residency permits) in Morocco.  All grantees must exit Morocco to another country and re-enter to obtain a new tourist visa entry stamp every 90 days. 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. (Some funds are included in the grant for this purpose). 

Security Information

For travel around Morocco, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Morocco. All grantees receive a security briefing during the in-country orientation in September by the Regional Security Officer of the US Embassy in Morocco.  Grantees also have access to a 24/7 phone that is staffed by the Commission team in case of emergencies.  

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Ikram Boukhari, US Programs Officer :
Dr. Rebecca Geffner, Executive Director:
Hafsa El Bastami, Deputy Director: