Alumni Development Grants





Fulbright alumni from the Middle East and North Africa who received Fulbright Awards administered by AMIDEAST are eligible to apply for an Alumni Development Grant. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Alumni Development Grant is intended to help Fulbright Foreign Student Program alumni continue their educational and professional pursuits after their program is completed. Alumni can apply for up to $2,500 to engage in a professional development activity.

Application Deadline: SUNDAY, jULY 21. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be alumni of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
  • Applicants must be citizens or residents of one of the areas administered by AMIDEAST on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.* 
  • Preference will be given to students who have fulfilled their J-1 visa, two-year home residence requirement.
  • Preference will be given to applicants currently residing in their home country.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have never received an alumni grant.
  • There must be at least two years between receipt of a first alumni development grant and application for a second one.
  • AMIDEAST, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, and Fulbright Commission staff members, independent contractors, and/or immediate family members are ineligible.

Application Guidelines

  • The proposed activity should be related to the applicant’s field of study and/or current position.
  • The proposed activity must take place in either the United States or one of the areas administered by AMIDEAST on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.*
  • Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate the active participation of the applicant, for example presenting at a conference or participating in a collaborative research project.
  • The professional development activity must take place from September 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.
  • Requested funds may not exceed $2,500.
  • Applicants must provide cost-sharing, through personal funds or funds from a sponsor or employer, which constitute at least 25% of the total cost of the activity.
  • Applicants are responsible for providing any additional requested information to AMIDEAST.
  • Applications must have been submitted by Sunday, July 21st. 
  • Once the selection process is complete, applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail in September.

Grant Guidelines 

  • If awarded an Alumni Development Grant to participate in a professional development activity in the United States, grantees will be responsible for securing a B1 visitor visa to enter the U.S.
  • Awards are based on the feasibility and appropriateness of the project.
  • If the grant funds are applied towards your flight to a professional development activity in the U.S., you must abide by the Fly-America Act. According to the Fly America Act, you must fly on a U.S. carrier, or on a non-U.S. carrier that is operated by a U.S. airline, to the furthest destination possible.
  • Grantees must submit a final report to AMIDEAST no later than 30 days after the completion of their activity. The final report should include a summary of the activity and an itemized list of the total costs of the activity.
  • AMIDEAST reserves the right to request additional information from applicants. Application Review Process
  • Applications received will be reviewed for consideration by U.S. Department of State and AMIDEAST representatives.
  • Applicants will be notified of their application status via e-mail.
  • Activities will take place between September 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.
  • Grantees should submit their final report and financial documentation to AMIDEAST upon completion of their activity.

    * Current areas with Fulbright Foreign Student Programs administered by AMIDEAST include Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, West Bank, and Yemen.   

Check here for: Grant Frequently Asked Questions

For questions on the application process, contact AMIDEAST:

Fulbright Foreign Student Program/ Alumni Action Grant




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