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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Host institutions welcome scholars activities related to English language teaching (or training), as a primary assignment. The award is intended for direct TEFL teaching activities and may include (but not limited to):
- Teach undergraduate and graduate courses (two to three courses per semester), with an emphasis on English language teacher training;
- Conduct training programs for senior English students, junior level English teachers and faculty;
- Conduct workshops/seminars to build assessment capacity and/or research capacity to teacher trainees;
- Assist in the development of programs and curricula, resource material development, testing and evaluation, and program design and implementation.
Final activities and courses determined in consultation with the host institution.
Potential public or private institutions include, but are not limited to:
- University of Jordan
- Yarmouk University
- Princess Sumaya University for Technology
- Petra University
- Philadelphia University
- Hashemite University
- Jordan University for Science and Technology
- Al Al-Bayt University
- Al-Balqa’ Applied Science University
- Mu’tah University
- American University of Madaba
- German Jordanian University
Three to ten months.
The academic year in Jordan is September through June. Grants should begin in September 2024 (for three- to ten-month grants) or January 2025 (for six-month grants only). Grantees with September start dates are expected to arrive in Jordan for an in-country orientation, tentatively scheduled during the first week of September. Grantees with January start dates will receive a focused orientation program upon arrival. The academic calendar will be adjusted according to Islamic and national holidays.
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered: TEFL, Education, Applied Linguistics, and English for Special Purposes (ESP). Specializations will vary, but in general, scholars with one or more of the following specializations will be preferred:
Teaching English as a Foreign Language:
- English teaching pedagogies and techniques
- TEFL curriculum development and design
- English for special purposes or English for academic purposes, such as course design
- Computer-assisted language learning or other technology-enhanced teaching and learning techniques
- Teaching methods of English writing, listening/speaking, or reading
- Methods of assessment and evaluation of English language learners
- Structure of English
- History of English
- American, British, or international English literature in the ESL classroom
- Second language acquisition
- Language analysis (theoretical and/or practical grammar, phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis)
- Discourse and/or conversation analysis
- Translation studies
- Intercultural or cross-cultural communication
During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Middle East and North Africa region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (three to fourteen days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof.
A letter of invitation is strongly preferred, but not required. Host institution affiliations will be confirmed by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan, but applicants are highly encouraged to indicate a preference and, if available, submit a letter of invitation as part of the application.
All teaching activities will be in English.
A Ph.D. in TEFL/TESOL, second language acquisition, applied linguistics or a closely related field is required for this award. A minimum three years of college-level teaching and teacher training experience is required; ESL teaching alone is insufficient as a qualification. Expertise in curriculum and materials development is highly desirable. Scholars of all academic ranks with appropriate experience (including community college and adjunct faculty) are welcome to apply. Scholars affiliated with Jordanian public universities must provide a scanned copy of their Ph.D. diploma. In some instances, grantees must provide the host institution with scanned copies of the Bachelor's and Masters diplomas.
- Teaching or Teaching/Research grants: $2,750-$3,000 per month, depending on academic rank.
- Research-only grants: $2,350 per month.
- Monthly Maintenance Allowance (MMA): includes housing and associated living costs is $2,000 per month or the equivalent in Jordanian dinars.
Grantees will receive a one-time payment of $5,560 for round-trip airfare, excess baggage, visa fees, in-transit costs, temporary hotel costs, local transportation in the U.S. or Jordan, and other miscellaneous costs associated with relocation from the U.S. to Jordan and within Jordan. An amount of $1,000 from the settling-in allowance should be set aside by the U.S. scholars with grants of 10 months to cover the costs of health clearance tests, residency and/or work permit fees.
- The Monthly Maintenance Allowance (MMA) may increase up to $700 per month, based on the number of dependents.
- A one-time dependent travel allowance of $2,500.
- Grantees with awards of five to six months in length will receive a one-time payment of $2,500 per qualifying dependent child, and awards of six to 10 months in length will receive a one-time payment of $5,000 per qualifying accompanying dependents in grades 1-12.
Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.
Apartment monthly rents, including utilities, generally cost between $1,000-$1,500.
Transportation: $250 per month
Food and Grocery shopping: will vary, a single scholar will pay less than one with a family.
To cover miscellaneous local transportation costs (taxis, Uber, Careem, etc.) the grantee will receive a monthly allowance of $250 per month or its equivalent in Jordanian Dinars.
Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), number of dependents, and duration of stay of accompanying dependents.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
Living in Jordan can be a very rewarding experience on many different levels. Jordanian culture has Arabic and Islamic elements with substantial Western influence. Its population is diverse because of its strategic location. There are many attractive touristic sites and numerous places to explore. Jordanians are known to be gracious and friendly hosts. The climate is hot and dry in the summer and cold and rainy in the winter.
The academic year for both universities and schools in Jordan is from September to May/June and is usually divided into two semesters. All schools in Jordan, including public, private, and international schools follow a school calendar set by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
U.S. Fulbright grantees to Jordan are expected to broaden and deepen their professional or academic knowledge; conduct collaborative research with foreign scholars; develop lasting professional and personal ties; and foster linkages between their home and host institutions. U.S. Fulbrighters to Jordan should fulfill their agreed terms and conditions of award and carry out the academic program outlined in their original applications.
The Commission in Jordan is the main point of contact for all Fulbright grantees. The office of the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange, known as the Fulbright House, is located in a villa in the quiet residential district of Abdoun in Amman. The Fulbright House serves Jordanian and American students, scholars and professionals, and provides a support network for all Fulbrighters in Jordan.
The Fulbright staff is committed to ensuring that each grantee becomes a member of our Fulbright family and feels that a home-away-from-home is ever present from the day of their arrival in the Kingdom. The Fulbright staff in Jordan assist incoming Fulbrighters in securing suitable apartments and introducing them to the local community. The staff at the Fulbright House also provide assistance in securing residency and/or work permits, locating medical care, and providing guidance regarding medication needs.
For more information please visit the following helpful links:
- Jordan Pass
- Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
- American Embassy in Jordan
- Entry Visa Requirements
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