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8 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The U.S. Student Program to Egypt has been suspended through the 2018-2019 academic year. We are accepting applications for 2019-2020 academic year. Potential applicants for 2019-2020 should discuss the status of the U.S. Fulbright Program to Egypt with IIE ( or 1.800.272.6994) before applying. 

Grant Period

9 Months

All grants should have an official start date of on/about September 1, 2019, with an end date of on/about May 31, 2020. Grantees are required to attend the post-arrival orientation conducted by the Fulbright Commission in mid-September 2019.

If awarded a Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) in conjunction with the research grant, the CLEA grant period will begin on/about September 1, 2019, and the research grant date will be adjusted by the Fulbright Commission accordingly.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Grantees will receive Pre-Departure material prior to arrival. 

Candidate Profile

The program is open to students currently enrolled in doctoral degree programs in the U.S. Ideal candidates are serious, research-oriented individuals, who have well thought-out research projects that can be reasonably accomplished in nine months. Candidates who present research projects showing specific knowledge of Egypt, the Arabic language and/or the region, or Islam, for example, will have a better grasp of research possibilities.

Accepted Degree Levels


Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: Applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in written and spoken Arabic to conduct the proposed study.

Applicants may also apply for a Critical Language Enhancement Award to improve the feasibility of their proposals. Additional details about the Critical Language Enhancement Award program, and the Egypt-specific CLEA guidelines, can be found in the following section.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

The Critical Language Enhancement Award provides an opportunity for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive intensive language study in addition to their research grants. The award provides a stipend and tuition reimbursement for grantees to pursue language training in the host countries. Application for a Critical Language Enhancement Award is made in conjunction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application. For additional information and requirements on the award please see Critical Language Enhancement Award details.

Acceptable Languages: Arabic. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and/or dialect

Prior Language Study: A minimum of one year of prior Arabic study is required.

Dates and Timing: Grant duration is a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 6 months.  All grantees should arrive in Egypt on/about September 1, 2019. The CLEA grant period must precede the Fulbright grant period, i.e. the CLEA grant period should begin on/about September 1, 2019. Concurrent CLEA and Fulbright grant periods are not permitted.  CLEA and Fulbright grants must be taken consecutively. A U.S. Fulbright Student grant, or a CLEA, may not begin earlier than September 1, 2019.

Approved institutions:

·       The American University in Cairo

·       Al-Diwan Center, Cairo

·       Hedayet Center, Cairo

·       International Language Institute, Cairo

·       Kalimat Language School, Cairo

The study of Arabic language may include formal classroom instruction, or tutoring with an instructor from one of the abovementioned approved institutions, or a combination of both. All activities funded by CLEA must have the prior approval of the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.

Critical Language Enhancement Award Manager: Amira Ibrahim, Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: n/a


Each grantee must be affiliated with a host institution approved by the Fulbright Commission. The Commission arranges host-institution affiliations for grantees. Applicants may indicate a preferred host institution.  It is not mandatory to submit a letter of invitation from the preferred host institution.  However, a letter of invitation from a potential host institution may be included in the application. Research which involves travel outside of the greater Cairo metropolitan area will be subject to review and approval by the Fulbright Commission on a case-by-case basis. Please consult with for more information on living in and traveling to Egypt.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Research grants carry a modest provision for Arabic language study. • The Commission does not cover any supplemental tuition or private instruction fees, other than the above mentioned language instruction.

Special Considerations

Applicants who become semi-finalist candidates for grants to Egypt will be asked to provide the following documents for the purpose of receiving Government of Egypt (GOE) clearances: an abstract of their projects in Arabic (and its English translation); a one-page resume; and a narrative outlining their project's objectives, research methodology, time-line and host country resources (if any).

Applications involving research outside major metropolitan areas are subject to review and approval by the Fulbright Commission.

Research Clearance

The Fulbright Commission issues grants approved by the Government of Egypt (GOE).  The Fulbright Commission applies for GOE project clearances on behalf of U.S. Fulbright students. Not all fieldwork is permitted (particularly fieldwork that involves the administration of surveys or structured interviews), and projects regarding subjects that are socially, culturally, or politically sensitive may be denied clearance. Projects that are denied GOE project clearances will not be funded.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Amira Ibrahim