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3 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Grant Period

10 Months

Fulbright grantees should expect to arrive no later than September 2019. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in June or July 2019 as a condition of their grants.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: A level of proficiency in Arabic sufficient to carry out the proposed research is required. Most university courses are now taught in English, with the exception of Arabic, Shari’a and certain law courses.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

The official placement for Fulbright grantees is usually the UAE University, where they may be affiliated with any of the University’s faculties and departments. However, Fulbright grantees may be affiliated with other academic institutions instead. Recent placements have included the American University of Sharjah, the University of Sharjah, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi University, and the Petroleum Institute.

It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi makes the final arrangements in placing grantees at the appropriate academic institutions. An affiliation letter is not a guarantee of research or security clearance, but is essential to obtaining them.

Research Clearance

Research clearance is assumed with university acceptance of the grantee.

A security clearance check is performed as part of the visa process.

Specific Considerations

The cost of living can be extremely high in the UAE.  Housing specifically can be exorbitant as new units are generally aimed at the luxury market, making affordable rental units hard to find.  U.S. Fulbright students who plan to have dependents accompany them for the duration of their grants should be prepared to find housing off-campus, as on-campus family units are not available.  They should also budget accordingly, as the dependent allowance provided by the Fulbright Program is fairly modest.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://ae.usembassy.gov

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Charlotte Fadare