We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program (TJSP).

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Tunis time. 

Please read the application materials carefully before beginning the application. 

Program Details and How to Apply


The Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or another other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law.  

Competition for the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program is merit-based and open to anyone who: 

  • Is a Tunisian citizen; 
  • Currently resides in Tunisia; 
  • Is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at the time of application at a registered university or academic institution in Tunisia; 
  • Is NOT in the final year of their undergraduate program at the time of application 
    • Architecture students are eligible in their first, second, third, or fourth year of study. Engineering students are eligible in their first or second year (preparatory classes), and third and fourth year of undergraduate study
  • Is able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa; 
  • Is at least 18 years old by July 1, 2021;
  • Is committed to returning to Tunisia after completion of the program; 
  • Is able to achieve a TOEFL score of at least 500, either at the time of application or after short-term pre-academic English language study in the United States; and 
  • Completes the academic year prior to study in the United States in good standing with a passing average (aka moyenne gĆ©nĆ©rale)

Application and Instructions 

The application must be completed online. Applicants must fill out all required sections of the application and provide contact information for two references. Reference 1 and Reference 2 must be completed by two different individuals who can speak to your suitability as a potential scholarship recipient. 

Complete copies of all application materials must be received together in one package as per the application instructions by Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Tunis time. Only complete applications, which include a complete application form with two reference forms, will be forwarded to the selection committee. 

Go to a complete list of application instructions.  


Learn More

To learn more about the program and share program information with interested applicants, please read the following: 


If you have questions about the TJSP application, please email thomasjeffersonscholars@irex.org.  

TheĀ Thomas Jefferson Scholarship ProgramĀ is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Department of State and implemented by IREX.Ā 

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