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10 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

10 Months

September 2019 through June 2020. Fulbright ETAs will be required to participate in a mandatory one-week in-country orientation program, tentatively scheduled for September 1-5, 2019. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applicants should hold, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree with at least two academic (or professional) years 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; English Language and Literature; Area Studies; International Relations; Political Science; or Bilingual Education.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: Successful applicants must be native English speakers. Previous study, work or travel experience in the Middle East and North Africa and at least two years of intensive, full-time Arabic language study/language familiarity is preferred. English Teaching Assistants are not eligible for the 3-month, full-time 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.

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

The Fulbright ETA Program requires up to 20 hours per week of part-time English-teaching assistance to permanent teaching staff. In many instances, the ETA's teaching assistant's duties would evolve into becoming the primary teacher. 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.  ETA grantees will be placed according to their academic background, level of teaching experience (a minimum of two years), university degree major(s) and level of prior Arabic language study. ETA assignments are diverse, based on the above criteria. The host ETA institutions may include upper-level grades in private secondary schools; technical schools; private and public universities.


Candidates currently residing in Jordan are not eligible.


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

Residency Permits

All English Teaching Assistants - ETAs who are residing in Jordan for the full 10 months are required to obtain a Government of Jordan (GOJ) Residency Permit. JACEE will process all residency permits for its sponsored grantees. All ETA 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 – ETA grantees are expected to participate as fully as possible in all activities at Jordanian educational institutions, to interact with local students on 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 (if applicable) 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. 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 (if applicable) and offering a listing of recommended medical care physicians or specialists, as well as any guidance regarding special medication needs.

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.

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When emailing Lara Shadid (See “Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact” section, below) be sure to "cc" JACEE’s Deputy Director, Ms. Iman Abdul-Wahid.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Lara Shadid

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