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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. 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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant 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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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 or Student Program.


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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. Fulbright Program is now open and accepting applicants for 2021-2022. The goal of the Fulbright Program in Egypt is to ensure students have a deeply enriching and productive experience, academically and culturally, and to promote mutual understanding between Egypt and the United States. Egypt is a country with a rich history, a beautiful and diverse topography, and a robust and nuanced cultural context. Egypt is known for its bustling capital, its rapidly growing population, and its unique role in the region. As a destination, it offers a chance for Americans to learn about civilization’s origins and experience the thrill of navigating a complex locale.

The Fulbright Commission in Egypt provides substantive support through the affiliation and pre-arrival process. The Fulbright Commission will liaise with Egyptian universities on U.S. Students’ behalf to confirm affiliation, assist with the general clearance process, and provide guidance regarding travel and arrival logistics. Clearance from the government of Egypt is required for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants and must be obtained in order for award issuance. The Fulbright Commission will facilitate this process on the students’ behalf. Final awards for 2021-2022 are contingent upon medical clearance, clearance by the Government of Egypt, the availability of funds, and the security situation in country. Fulbright students are placed at Egyptian public or private universities or research institutions.

A virtual Pre-Departure Orientation (VPDO) is held for Fulbright grantees prior to their arrival in Egypt. An in-country orientation is also held at the beginning of the academic year in Egypt. All grantees are required to attend the orientations. The Fulbright Commission in Egypt is committed to the safety and security of all grantees and the orientation will include a security briefing. The orientations will also include information about living and working in Cairo, dependent support, program requirements, and the higher education system in Egypt.

The Commission provides limited dependent support to offset the costs of those accompanying dependents who reside in Egypt for eighty percent of the grant duration. 

The Fulbright Commission looks forward to receiving questions from candidates for academic year 2021-2022.  

Grant Period

9 Months

All grants should have an official start date of on/about September 1, 2021, with an end date of on/about May 31, 2022.

If awarded a Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) in conjunction with the research grant, the CLEA grant period will begin on/about September 1, 2021, and the research grant date will be adjusted by the Fulbright Commission accordingly.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

No in-person Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO). However, the Fulbright Commission in Egypt will schedule a virtual Pre-Departure Orientation during summer 2021.

Grantees will also receive Pre-Departure material prior to arrival. 

Arrival Orientation


The arrival orientation will be held at the beginning of the academic year in Egypt. All grantees are required to attend.

Candidate Profile

The program is open to students currently enrolled in master's or 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. Moreover, the program is a good fit for individuals who demonstrate sensitivity to the current geo-political situation in the MENA region and who are committed to mutual understanding and cultural exchange in line with the spirit of the Fulbright Program. 

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 Critical Language Enhancement Award 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 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. However, being awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant does not guarantee receipt of the Critical Language Enhancement Award since review of each award is conducted separately and is contingent upon funding availability and other factors. 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 3 months and a maximum of 6 months. CLEA awards may start up to 4 months before the Fulbright grant and then continue up to 2 months concurrently with the Fulbright grant. Approvals are granted on a case by case basis. All grantees should arrive in Egypt on/about September 1, 2021. The start of the CLEA grant must precede the start of the Fulbright grant, i.e. the CLEA grant period should begin on/about September 1, 2021. A U.S. Fulbright Student grant, or a CLEA, may not begin earlier than September 1, 2021.

Approved institutions (subject to change):

  • The American University in Cairo
  • Hedayet Center, 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 Team: 

US Team:

The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


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 in their application. It is not mandatory to submit a letter of invitation from the preferred host institution. However, an invitation letter may be included in the application. Final decision on affiliation is made by the Fulbright Commission. 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. 

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 CLEA (if applicable).

Special Considerations

Applicants who become semi-finalist candidates for grants to Egypt and who subsequently pass the initial in-country review stage 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, host country resources (if any), and a copy of their passport. Required forms and instructions for their completion will be provided by the Fulbright Commission in Egypt when appropriate.

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 Fulbright U.S. 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.

Security Information

Please consult with the State Department Travel Advisory for Egypt for information on living in and traveling to Egypt.


Dependent support is available.

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US Team