Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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20 Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 to 12 months

Fulbright candidates with approved Critical Language Enhancement Awards (3 months) will begin their language study in September, 2015 followed by their Fulbright grant assignment (9 months) ending on August 30, 2016.  Fulbright candidates without CLEA awards will begin their 9-month study/research grants on September 1, 2015 with an end date of May 31, 2016. Exceptions will be considered, on a case-by-case basis, to postpone a grant start date until no later than January 1, 2016 with an end-date of no later than September 30, 2016.

All grantees are expected to attend the mandatory week-long in-country orientation program in Amman organized by the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (JACEE) and tentatively scheduled for the first week of September 2015.

Pre-Departure Orientation:

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in June or July 2015 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile :

Preference is given to candidates currently enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program, whose primary focus is on their thesis or dissertation research rather than language study.  At-Large candidates whose principal focus is research are similarly preferred. Application for part or full-time independent study is considered if the candidate can show that the course of study or research will be conducted through a host academic institution in Jordan. See the "Affiliation" section below.

Accepted Degree Levels:



Doctorate (in-progress)

Foreign Language Proficiency:

Arabic Language Proficiency: Required

Level: Intermediate

2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: Candidates applying for a proposed combination of studying Arabic language (3-month CLEA) and conducting research should ideally have at least two years of Arabic study. Candidates planning to audit university lecture courses where the language of instruction is Arabic must have completed at least three years of intensive study of Arabic, with a high oral comprehension score on the foreign language evaluation. Please note, however, that permission to audit a course at a Jordanian public or private university is not the norm and will require a series of approvals with the final authority resting with the university's President. 

Applicants may apply for Arabic language study only and, as such, are expected to attend full-time, a Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange-sanctioned (JACEE) language center at selected public or private universities offering full-time courses in Arabic as a Second Language. Tutorial courses are not offered by any of the universities. Private tutors are available, for a fee, to supplement the university language courses. However, Fulbright applicants with Arabic language study as their primary goal should understand that the Fulbright grant benefits do not include tuition and fees as an additional grant benefit:  these costs will be borne by the Fulbright Grantee. Fulbright Grantees who receive a Critical Language Enhancement Award, must attend, on a full-time basis, the privately-run Qasid Institute only.

Critical Language Enhancement Awards:

Acceptable Languages:  Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Jordanian colloquial Arabic.

Prior Language Study: A minimum of one year of prior, full-time intensive Arabic study is required.

Dates and Timing: Fulbright study/research grantees must begin their CLEA language study in September 2015 for the full 3-month Fall session and only at the Qasid Institute, prior to starting their Fulbright study/research 9-month assignment.  The Critical Language Enhancement Award to Jordan includes supplemental, part-time colloquial ('amiyya) classes at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels, in the late afternoons/early evenings at the Qasid Institute. These supplemental classes should be taken concurrently with full-time Qasid classes, as Qasid only offers 15 hours/week during the Fall session. Fulbright grantees to Jordan may not begin their language grants in Jordan during the summer session.

Approved Institutions: The Qasid Institute (Approved for Modern Standard Arabic only) is the only approved institution in Jordan at this time: www.qasid.com.

Other Notes: Candidates who have been approved for a CLEA grant will be automatically pre-registered with the Qasid Institute by JACEE; grantees must arrive in time to attend the mandatory in-country orientation scheduled for the first week of September.

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Local institutional affiliations will be coordinated, secured, or confirmed by JACEE. A pre-secured letter of invitation from a Jordanian institution is preferred and may be submitted by the applicant, as part of their Fulbright application; however, such letters of affiliation are not required as part of the application. JACEE will re-confirm submitted letters of affiliation or will secure appropriate host institutional affiliation on behalf of the grantee. No research clearance is required for Jordan.


Candidates currently residing in Jordan are not eligible.

Tuition Costs and Fees:

Except in the case of CLEA, grantees whose sole focus is Arabic language study or university coursework will need to secure independent (non-Fulbright) funds to cover the local university’s tuition costs and fees.

Residency Permits:

All grantees, including English Teachings Assistants (ETAs) (see below) who are staying in Jordan for more than six months are required to obtain a Government of Jordan (GOJ) Residency Permit. JACEE will process all residency permits for its grantees. All grantees will take the HIV test at one of the Ministry of Health clinics as part of the residency permit requirements. HIV tests from the U.S. are not accepted. JACEE, as a courtesy, will assist the grantee in locating appropriate housing.

General Comments:

Fulbright Grantees are expected to participate as fully as possible in all activities at Jordanian academic or research institutions, to interact with local students on and off campus, and, to adapt to, and appreciate, the cultural values and social norms of Jordanian society.


Dependent support is available as a modest supplemental amount attached to the Monthly Maintenance Allowance (MMA) Fulbright grant benefits.



10 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Grant Period:

10 months

September 2015 through June 2016. Fulbright ETAs will be required to participate in a one-week in-country orientation program, scheduled for the first week of September 2015. 

Pre-Departure Orientation:

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.in June or July 2015 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile :

Applicants should hold, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree with at least one academic year of teaching/classroom experience in the U.S. or abroad. The candidate should be well-rounded, mature, articulate, resourceful, and flexible, and demonstrate the initiative, leadership and confidence required to assist in teaching English in a foreign setting. All academic fields are accepted. Preference will be given to applicants who hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or a combination thereof) in TEFL/Linguistics; Area Studies; International Relations; Political Science; or Bilingual Education.

Placement Type:

The Fulbright ETA Program requires up to 20 hours per week of part-time English-teaching assistance to permanent teaching staff. At the same time, ETAs will gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational and/or research opportunities at pre-selected Jordanian institutions. Independent study or research, or community service that does not conflict with assigned teaching responsibilities, is encouraged.

Accepted Degree Levels:



Doctorate (in-progress)

Foreign Language Proficiency:

Arabic Language Proficiency: Recommended

Level: Novice

1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: Successful applicants must be articulate, native English-speakers. Previous study, work or travel experience in the Middle East and North Africa and at least one year of intensive Arabic language study/language familiarity is preferred. English Teaching Assistants are not eligible for the Critical Language Enhancement Award. Each ETA will, however, receive modified language benefits (part-time and limited Arabic language study opportunities organized by JACEE) during their 10-month ETA assignment in Jordan. Each ETA will be offered three sessions (Fall, Winter and Spring) in colloquial (‘amiyya) Arabic in the late afternoons at the Qasid Institute and limited funding for private and independent Arabic language tutoring during the course of the 10-month grant assignment. This part-time and limited Arabic language benefit should not conflict with the assigned teaching responsibilities throughout the ETA grant period.


Although candidates with dependents are discouraged from applying, dependent support is available as a modest supplemental amount attached to the Monthly Maintenance Allowance (MMA) Fulbright grant benefits.

I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.