Tunisia Scholarships

Arab-Mediterranean-Middle Eastern Fusion

The North African nation of Tunisia is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Libya and Algeria. Its geographic location affords it a diverse mix of cultures and close proximity to political flashpoints. Students heading to Tunisia primarily are seeking culture and language studies or an immersion in ancient civilizations. The Roman Empire once sprawled far and wide throughout this region. In fact, the Roman city of Carthage was located in modern-day Tunisia. Tunisia, perhpas the first Arab country to achieve a Western-style democracy, is at a cultural crossroads between its past and its future.

The U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Warning against visiting Tunisia. Consult with your study abroad professor and the State Department before making plans because the warnings do get lifted.

tunisia scholarships

Government Scholarships

Tunisia is a region of interest in these federally funded scholarship programs:

Study Abroad Organizations

The Tunisia program provided by the School for International Training (SIT) affords students the chance to study Modern Standard Arabic or French while examining issues of identity, culture, and globalization in a multicultural context. Through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and independent research, and homestays with host families, students will experience first-hand the political, social, and cultural landscape of post-revolutionary Tunisia.

SIT focuses on helping students gain an advantage in education by providing innovative and discipline-specific study abroad programs. Each year, the organization awards approximately $750,000 in scholarships and grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, to SIT Study Abroad students. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are some of the several awards:

Private Funds

Every two years, the Institute of Current World Affairs offers two-year fellowships for self-designed, independent study abroad, but they explicitly are not awarded to support work toward academic degrees, writing a book, or for research projects. Areas of particular interest to the Institute include the Arab Middle East, Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, but candidates may seek fellowships in any country. Qualified candidates must be freethinkers and highly motivated. They must be fluent in the language of their destination, and have a good command of the English language for writing monthly newsletters. The ideal project is one in which there exists a great potential to impact society. The ICWA also offers other fellowships with specialty concentrations. These fellowships provide full financial support for its fellows and their immediate families.

The Mediterranean region continues to be one of the most outstanding regions of the world for archaeologists. Tunisia’s history is ancient and vast.  Students interested in pursuing fieldwork or research in Tunisia may be in luck. The Archaeological Institute of America provides competitive scholarships that are open to students from all backgrounds. Minority and disadvantaged students are encouraged to apply: