Fulbright Scholar Award

TEFL/Applied Linguistics


Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
September 2024 or January 2025
Award Length
3 months - 10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

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.

Award Activity

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.

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

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
Award Length and Period

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.

Areas of Interest

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

Applied Linguistics:

  • Second language acquisition
  • Language analysis (theoretical and/or practical grammar, phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis)
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Discourse and/or conversation analysis


  • Translation studies
  • Intercultural or cross-cultural communication
  • Bilingualism
Special Features

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.


All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

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.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching activities will be in English.

Additional Qualification Information

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.

Award Allowances
  • 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. 
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

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.

Do you offer additional dependent benefits
  • 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.

Estimated Cost of Living

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.

Special Award Benefits

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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

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.

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