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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. 



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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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12 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
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, 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 artist communities.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grantees proposing fieldwork or library research are not bound by the dates of the Moroccan academic year.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

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

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

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.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


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.

To demonstrate the applicant's level of preparation and seriousness, MACECE strongly encourages 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. 

Academic Year

Early October to early July; there is no summer semester.  The fall 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 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. 

Research Clearance

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 that outlines 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.

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. On the other hand, the tourist visa can be renewed by simply leaving Moroccan territory and then returning. The tourist visa can also be extended through a formal but normally simple process, the prolongation du visa.

Specific Considerations

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.

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 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.


Grantees will be responsible to secure appropriate housing based on the city of placement. MACECE will provide a handbook that includes a city guide, as well as advice and recommendations. 

Additional Dependent Information

Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents should contact Sarah Robyn, Program Officer, at 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.  

Security Information

Moroccan cities, are considered safe. For travel around Morocco, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Morocco.


When emailing Sarah Robyn (see the "Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact" section below), be sure to "cc" the Executive Director Rebecca Geffner.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Sarah Robyn