12 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (JACEE) plans to award up to 10 grants to students for post-graduate study and research for the 2023-2024 academic year. JACEE awards are granted on the basis of academic excellence, the leadership promise of the applicant, and the potential of the proposed visit to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Jordan. This program is designed to give recent graduates, young professionals, and artists opportunities for professional development and international experience. Grantees plan their own projects, which may include library or field research. Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative experiences.
Grants will begin on September 1, 2023 with an end date of May 31, 2024. Exceptions will be considered, on a case-by-case basis, to postpone a grant start date until no later than January 1, 2024 with an end-date of no later than September 30, 2024.
The Commission will schedule a virtual Pre-Departure orientation (PDO) in June 2023. The In-Country Orientation will be during the first week of September 2023 once all grantees arrive to Jordan to begin their grants. Those who choose to delay their grant to January 2024 will receive an individual or small-group orientation with the Program Officer.
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. Applicants in the arts and at-large candidates whose principal focus is research are similarly preferred. Applications for part-time or full-time independent study are considered if the candidate can demonstrate advanced or near-fluent Arabic language proficiency and that the course of study or research will be conducted through a host academic institution in Jordan. See the "Affiliation" section.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Candidates applying for a proposed combination of studying Arabic language and conducting research should ideally have studied Arabic full-time for at least two years prior to applying for the grant. Candidates planning to audit university lecture courses where the language of instruction is Arabic must have completed at least four years of intensive study of Arabic, with a high oral comprehension score (near fluent) 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. Prior contact and approval, as evidenced by a letter of invitation, is highly recommended.
Critical Language Enhancement Award
Student researchers may apply for the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) which allows grantees to study Arabic, MSA, or Jordanian dialect for three months prior to the start of their Fulbright research. Students accepted for CLEA may end up spending up to 12 months in Jordan (3 months of CLEA Program + 9 months of Fulbright Program).
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Local institutional affiliations will be coordinated, secured, or confirmed by JACEE. A pre-secured letter of invitation from a Jordanian institution is required and should be submitted by the applicant, as part of the Fulbright application. JACEE will re-confirm submitted letters of affiliation prior to the award start date. No research clearance is required for Jordan.
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.
JACEE will assist grantees in locating appropriate housing in approved neighborhoods. The Commission will book the grantees two to three nights at a hotel close to the Commission upon arrival. The hotel nights will be covered by the grantee from the settling-in allowance wire-transferred beforehand.
All grantees who are staying in Jordan for a study grant are required to obtain a Government of Jordan (GOJ) Residency Permit. JACEE staff will provide facilitative assistance in securing the permit. All grantees must take an HIV test at one of the Ministry of Health clinics as part of the residency permit requirements. HIV test results from the U.S. are not accepted by the GOJ Ministry of Health.
The capital city Amman, and surrounding local cities, are considered safe. For travel around Jordan, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Jordan.