Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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15 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

The grant duration can range from 9 (without CLEA) to 12 months (with CLEA)

(FOR STUDENT RESEARCH or STUDY GRANTS ONLY) Fulbright candidates with approved Critical Language Enhancement Awards (3 months) will begin their language study in 1 September 2018 followed by their Fulbright grant assignment (9 months) ending on August 30, 2019 for a total of 12 months.  Fulbright candidates without CLEA awards will begin their 9-month study/research grants on September 1, 2018 with an end date of May 31, 2018. Exceptions will be considered, on a case-by-case basis, to postpone a grant start date until no later than January 1, 2019 with an end-date of no later than September 30, 2019.

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 2nd through the 6th September 2018.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in Washington, D.C. in June of 2018 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

(FOR STUDENT RESEARCH or STUDY GRANTS ONLY) 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 a high-level (near-fluent) of 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 below. Please note that for applicants seeking an award for independent study, university tuition and fees are not included in the grant line-item benefits.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

 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 full-time 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 (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 recommended.

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 (CLEA), must attend, on a full-time basis, the privately-run Qasid Institute only.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

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 2018 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 (CLEA) 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 them 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.

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 tentatively scheduled for the 2nd through the 6th of September 2018.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


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 his or her 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.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

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.


Candidates currently residing in Jordan are not eligible.

Residency Permits

All grantees, (including English Teaching Assistants - ETAs) 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 sponsored grantees. All grantees will take the 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.

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. JACEE, as a courtesy, will assist the grantee in locating appropriate housing.

The Role of the Fulbright Commission in Jordan

The "Fulbright House", is located in a villa in the quiet residential district of "Shmeisani", in Amman. It is ideally situated and in proximity to many shops, hotels, restaurants and public transportation. The “Fulbright House” serves Jordanian and American Students, Scholars and Professionals.

All of our American grantees to Jordan, are met and greeted upon arrival at the airport and housed temporarily at a hotel close to the Fulbright House. The staff regularly assists its incoming Fulbrighters in securing suitable apartments and introducing them to their community.

An In-Country Orientation Week is offered, where the incoming grantees and their families are introduced to a variety of local and international presenters, to discuss Jordanian and regional politics, economy, religion, security and society. A significant amount of time is dedicated to cross-cultural discussions on Jordanian values and morals, with lectures introducing the Fulbright families to the rich and diverse touristic and archeological sites in the Kingdom. Assistance is provided in establishing local bank accounts, identifying schools for accompanying dependents, opening local electronic mail and Internet accounts, or finding volunteer or internship opportunities. For accompanying spouses, the staff will help in securing local, part-time job placement, and offer general information they can use to avail themselves of many other local services or vendors. A personal security awareness briefing is also presented, complemented by a lecture by the American Embassy security staff.

The staff at the Fulbright House also provides facilitative assistance in securing the required Government of Jordan Residency and/or Work Permits and offering a listing of recommended medical care physicians or specialists, as well as any guidance regarding special medication needs.

Every year in late winter and spring, the Fulbright House presents a series of round-table discussions or lectures with American Fulbright Fellows and their Jordanian counterparts on a variety of topics. Periodic "town meetings" are held with the grantees and their families and regular get-togethers are arranged to enjoy and celebrate such occasions as Thanksgiving, Christmas or Ramadan Iftars (special evening meals during the month of Ramadan).

The Commission's Fulbright House also serves as the umbrella institution for meetings or events convened by the Jordanian Fulbright Alumni Association and for the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Association of Jordan.

The staff at the Fulbright House consists of an Executive Director, a Deputy Director, two Program Officers (for American and Jordanian Programs, respectively), two Program Associates, a Finance Manager and Administrative Assistant supported by a Driver/Messenger and Senior Office Clerk. Everyone is committed to ensuring that each U.S. Fulbright grant recipient 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 until they depart.

Helpful Websites For Tourists To Jordan:


When emailing Lara Shadid (see the "Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact" section below), be sure to "cc" the Commission's Deputy Director Iman Abdul-Wahid.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Lara Shadid

Additional Online Resources


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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.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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.