12 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
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.
Grant Length: 9 months
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.
All grantees are required to attend a virtual pre-departure and in-country orientation upon arrival.
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.
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 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.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
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, known as 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, the Commission strongly recommends that they begin their grant with six weeks of intensive study of the dialect through a program that MACECE organizes. 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. 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
Student researchers may apply for the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) which allows grantees to study Arabic, MSA, or Moroccan dialect for up to six months prior to the start of their Fulbright research. 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
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. 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 and Unirank.
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 a handbook that includes a city guide, as well as advice and recommendations from alumni.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
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 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.
Field of Study
Restrictions on the study of certain topics may 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.
The Commission will be in further communication with candidates for more information about the timing and location of their research and other important details in order to complete a research clearance packet for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), which issues official research clearances. The Commission then forwards a data sheet to the MFA outlining the research topic, timeline, and location(s), along with the grantee's personal data. The research clearance process may take from three to six months and approval is not guaranteed. IRB clearance is required for graduate students.
In their initial application, applicants should specify all locations for their research (provinces, cities, villages).
Upon arrival in September, MACECE provides all grantees with an all-purpose and widely accepted lettre d'attestation (letter of certification).
Grantees do not need to apply for any special visa to come to Morocco. Grantees enter Morocco on a 3-month tourist visa, which is stamped 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 due to the amount of bureaucracy involved, but somee grantees attempt to start the process. Alternatively, the tourist visa can be extended every 90 days through a formal but normally simple process, the prolongation du visa.
Applicants must include a Summary of Research in either French or Arabic (not to exceed one page in length) which can be uploaded/appended to the invitation letter section as part of their Fulbright application package. The Arabic or French Summary will be added to the Statement of Grant Purpose (that does not exceed two pages in length), so that there will be up to three pages total for the two statements. This Summary will be used later in the application for research clearance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Applicants must include a Summary of Research in either French or Arabic (not to exceed one page in length). The Arabic or French Summary upload will appear in the application following the Statement of Grant Purpose (that does not exceed two pages in length), so that there will be up to three pages total for the two statements. This Summary will be used later in the application for research clearance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The translated document should be uploaded as a PDF document.
Morocco's broad geographic, environmental, and social diversity presents significant potential for a wide variety of research topics. Grantees' research topics may focus on 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.
Additional Dependent Information
Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents should contact Sarah Robyn, US Program Officer, at email@example.com for general advice and recommendations. MACECE cannot, however, provide direct support for dependent placement in schools around the country. Grantees with school-aged dependents will be responsible for finding appropriate school placements.
Moroccan cities are considered relatively safe. For travel around Morocco, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Morocco.