Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Morocco

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12 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
Mandatory
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, education, and migration issues.

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 are expected to arrive in Morocco together to attend a group orientation the first week in September. The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) arranges the grantees' air travel to Morocco and their return to the United States.  Students proposing fieldwork or library research are not bound by the dates of the Moroccan academic year. Grantees accepted for and using the full extent of the Critical Language Enhancement Award may spend up to 6 months studying language before beginning their research under the Fulbright grant, bringing the total period in residence to as much as 15 months.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation as a condition of their grants.

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

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

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, including those participating in the Critical Language Enhancement Award program (see below), 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.  For those participating in the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA), this money can be used only following completion of the CLEA grant. 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

Authorized languages are Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Moroccan Arabic (Darija) only.

Prior Language Study: Grantees must have completed a minimum of two academic semesters of MSA at a recognized institution of language instruction (university, college, language school) prior to beginning their program in Morocco.

Dates and Timing: All grantees to Morocco must begin their programs in September, generally the week following the in-country orientation. Any exception must be approved by the Fulbright Commission Director. CLEA duration is a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 6 months.

Approved Institutions:

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

The Commission encourages grantee affiliation with professors, universities, NGOs, or other appropriate Moroccan institutions or individuals. 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

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

Once finalists have accepted their grant, generally after signing their terms & conditons of the grant, the Commission enters into further communication with the grantees for more information about the timing and location of their research 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 up to three months.

In their initial application, applicants should specify 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 grantees often attempt to get one. 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) following their Statement of Grant Purpose as part of their Fulbright application package.  The Arabic or French Summary should be uploaded with the English version and appended to it, 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.

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.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.macece.org

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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 could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

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 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for 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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U.S. Professor

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

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would 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.