U.S. Embassy in Tunisia announces 2020 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Deadline: 31 May 2019

The U.S. Embassy Tunis has announced the opening of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program competition for 2020-2021.

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The Fulbright Program for Tunisians provides full funding for two academic years to complete a master’s degree program at a university in the United States.

The Fulbright Program enables Tunisian students to pursue graduate-level study in the United States of America. Participants also have the unique opportunity to experience life in the United States and share Tunisia’s unique culture and traditions with Americans. Participants are chosen through an open, merit-based competition in which leadership potential, academic excellence and the ability to adjust to life in the U.S. are all considered.

There are two different Fulbright Graduate scholarships available for Tunisian students. One provides successful candidates with a maximum of two years’ funding toward a master’s degree. The other provides graduate-level students enrolled in doctoral programs the opportunity to conduct research in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education for one academic year in the context of cultural and academic exchange.

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The scholarships cover expenses incurred for travel to and from the United States, tuition, books, health insurance, and room and board. Funding is NOT available to meet expenses related to Fulbright grantees dependents (husbands, wives, children, parents, etc).

Funding Information

Fulbright Grants Provide Funding for:

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  • Tuition and required fees for graduate study in the U.S.;
  • Book, equipment, and travel allowances;
  • Monthly stipend for room & board;
  • Supplemental health and accident coverage plan;
  • Opportunities to participate in Fulbright Enrichment Programs.


  • Selected candidates should be available for interviews in Tunis during July/August, 2019.
  • Fulbright students are subject to the 212 e home-country physical presence requirement, which requires students to return to Tunisia for a cumulative period of two years prior to being eligible for certain U.S. visa categories.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This is not a program exclusive for students. This program is for students who are about to graduate, recent graduates and professionals from diverse social, economic, academic and professional backgrounds. A competitive applicant should have an excellent academic record, strong English language skills, and the commitment to return to Tunisia upon completion of the program. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied in the United States.
  • All recipients of a Fulbright scholarship must return to their home country for at least two years upon completion or termination of the scholarship. They will be ineligible for an U.S.-immigrant visa until the two-year home residency requirement has been fulfilled.
  • Applicant Requirements: Applicants interested in Pursuing a Master’s Degree must:
    • Have the Tunisian nationality and must be a resident in Tunisia at the time of application;*
    • Have the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree (four years of post-secondary study);
    • Must be proficient in English and/or able to attend a Long Term English (LTE) program prior to the start of study program;
    • Relevant academic credentials in their fields. See above;
    • If interested in an MBA, applicants must have a minimum of 2 years work experience.

How to Apply

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  • Complete the application online.
  • Please make sure to choose 2020-2021 Cycle and answer all questions accurately and completely.
  • Carefully write the essays, which are key components of the application. Each essay must be a minimum of 250 to a maximum of 600 words. The selection committee will review these essays closely.
  • Deliver hard copies of the following supporting documents to the AMIDEAST office:
    • Confirmation receipt of submission of the online application;
    • A signed Signature form;
    • TOEFL iBT, ITP, or IELTS score report;
    • A certified true copy of each original post-secondary transcript and diploma starting from Baccalaureate.
    • 3 recent photos passport size;
    • A CV/ resume updated in English;
    • A copy of passport (if available).
  • Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://tn.usembassy.gov/2020-fulbright-foreign-student-program/

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