THE FULBRIGHT FOREIGN LANGUAGE
TEACHING ASSISTANT (FLTA) PROGRAM
Competition Cycle: From February 2nd to May 31st, 2020
For the Academic year of 2021-22
About this fellowship
The FLTA program is a 9-month non-degree program. Jordanian FLTA grantees will be teaching Arabic language at U.S. universities and at the same time they will enroll in two courses per semester, one of which must be in U.S. Studies. The remaining coursework should relate to their careers in English language teaching.
Learning a foreign language means learning a lot about its culture heritage and people; therefore the FLTA program is also seen as a cultural exchange program.
Jordanian teachers will experience:
Living studying and teaching in the United States, speaking English language on a daily basis and meeting American and international students and professionals. On the other hand, American students will get the chance to learn about the Jordanian and Arabic heritage and culture through interacting with Jordanian teachers.
Best candidates for this Assistantship
The FLTA Program aims at strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities, while providing current or future teachers of English with the opportunity to refine their skills, increase their English language proficiency, and extend their knowledge of U.S. society and culture.
This program is a valuable and comprehensive experience for Jordanian teachers of Arabic to non-native speakers and for Jordanian teachers of English as a second language.
Sponsorship and administration of the FLTA program
The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by The Institute of International Education (IIE) in cooperation with the Fulbright Commissions/American Embassies worldwide.
How diverse is the FLTA network?
As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the Fulbright FLTA Program is designed to develop Americans' knowledge of foreign cultures and languages by supporting teaching assistantships in over 30 languages at hundreds of U.S. institutions of higher education. The program offers educators from over 50 countries the opportunity to develop their professional skills and gain first-hand knowledge of the U.S., its culture and its people.
I am interested in this opportunity: what do you expect from me?
FLTA Fellows should interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.
FLTA Fellows will be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs, and language tables. FLTA Fellows will be required to attend an orientation in the U.S. during the summer of 2020 before arriving at their U.S. host institutions in August 20120
FLTA Fellows will also be required to attend a mid-year enrichment workshop that will be hosted by the Department of State's Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) in the U.S. to share and discuss foreign language teaching best practices and their current teaching experiences with other FLTA Fellows.
Am I eligible to apply for this fellowship?
Applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for this scholarship program:
Applicants must hold the Jordanian Citizenship (Nationality), a valid Jordanian Passport and must have a permanent residence status in Jordan at the time of application.
Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education in one of the related fields* listed below.
Prior foreign language teaching experience is a must. However, it should not exceed 7 years.
Potential applicants are expected to have a proven good command of English to be able to succeed in both teaching and studying at a U.S. university.
Applicants should submit a score report of (79-80) on the TOEFL (iBT) or (6.0) on the IELTS-Academic test. Or, a minimum of (550) on the TOEFL (ITP).
For additional FLTA information visit on eligibility please visit the following webpage:
More info on the standardized tests:
Please find, below, the official way to send us your score reports:
Upon registration for the TOEFL (iBT) please add the following (DI) codes:
- Institute of International Education (IIE), New York (IIE) CODE: (2326)
- The Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan CODE: (8293)
Official IELTS-Academic score reports should be delivered by mail, courier or hand-delivered from the British Council - Jordan to the Fulbright Commission’s P.O. Box mailing or street address.
What are the characteristics of a good candidate?
Applicants should be representative and responsible citizens who can contribute to mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Jordan.
Applicants should demonstrate the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to life in the United States.
Applicants must demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism. Applicants should demonstrate leadership skills, an ability to motivate students to learn, and an interest in teaching Arabic language and culture to U.S. students. Potential candidates should have a desire to meet people and become a part of the host U.S. community by participating in community events and campus activities. FLTA Fellows should also be creative and self-reliant team players, who are able to maintain excellent relationships with U.S. faculty, staff and students.
They should also demonstrate the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to life in the United States. Potential applicants must be outgoing and dynamic individuals.
Preference may be given to those applicants with little or no previous experience living or studying in the United States. Participants must be flexible with placements at smaller or more ethnically diverse U.S. academic institutions in order to meet the goal of the FLTA Program to place participants in all 50 States and at diverse institutions.
Diversity - The Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan strives to ensure that its efforts reflect the diversity of both, Jordanian and American societies. The Commission seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences in all its scholarships, grants, programs and other higher educational exchange activities and its workforce and workplace. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Commission is committed to fairness, equity and inclusion.
What is plagiarism? Why should I be aware of it?
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, Plagiarism is “an act of copying the ideas or words of another person without giving credit to that person.”
The FLTA Program seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers. Copying someone else's writing, whether on the internet, from a book or friend is considered plagiarism. Any quoted words or sentences should include a citation. Applicants that are found to have plagiarized in their application will be disqualified and barred from reapplying.
Ref Plagiarism: Candidates are highly encouraged to watch the following YouTube video: https://youtu.be/hcpDiV1uHfc
Who is ineligible to apply for this competition?
Candidates for the FLTA applying for or holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible. Persons who are citizens of both Jordan and the United States are also not eligible.
Any applicant who is seeking a U.S. degree should not apply to the FLTA Program.
Are there any obligations on my part?
Fulbright FLTA grantees enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa, under a Department of State exchange program, and are subject to the two-year home-country residency requirement, at the end of their FLTA assignment in the U.S.
FLTA Fellows are required to return to Jordan upon completion of the nine-month program. The Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan and the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York will not support any extension requests for fellows.
I am married, would I be able to accompany my spouse?
The FLTA program does not support dependents or family members. By extension of this policy, pregnant candidates may not participate in the program if the birth is due during the FLTA program period.
What academic backgrounds are acceptable or not accepted?
Applicants must be early career educators, with no more than seven years of teaching experience. They should be English teachers, Arabic teachers for non-native speakers or professionals in the following related fields*:
- Anthropology Area Studies
- Computer Sciences/Technology
- Rural Education
- Teacher Training
- Educational- Administration
- Educational- Psychology
- Educational Technology
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
However, teachers of Arabic for non-native speakers with solid experience in teaching foreigners, and whose academic background is not compatible with the above mentioned fields of study, are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Commission’s Jordanian Programs Team to discuss their application options.
I am eligible: How do I apply for this scholarship?
The Fulbright Commission in Jordan is only accepting applications online.
You may access the online link below. It is a user-friendly system through which you will be filling out your application form for this competition.
To start your online application, please visit:
Instructions on how to fill out your application can be found by clicking the link HERE.
To learn more about "How to write a successful Personal Statement", click here!
What important documents should I have on-hand before starting my online application?
Official and certified university transcripts in English. You will be asked to upload a scan of these documents; however, hard copies should also be mailed, couriered or hand-delivered directly to the Fulbright office in Jordan.
Three letters of recommendation. (More details are available below)
An English proficiency score report should be submitted: TOEFL (iBT) or IELTS- Academic.
A detailed CV/Resume.
One essay written in English by the applicant: “Personal Statement/Motivation letter”
There are additional short essays which you will have to write as part of the FLTA application.
Include all post-secondary institutions you have attended, even those from which you did not receive a degree or diploma.
A valid passport with an expiration date of no earlier than December 31, 2021: the FLTA applicant should make a clear photocopy of his/her Jordanian Passport data page and include this page with the application.
There are several ways to submit your recommendation letters:
You may register the names and contact information of your referees online, on your Embark account, and then, your referees will receive instructions from the system on how to complete these forms. Or;
You can send the “Letter of Reference Form” by e-mail to your referees who should fill it out, print and sign it and then either mail or courier or hand-deliver, in a sealed envelope to our P. O. Box address or, by hand to our street address. Or, your referee may scan (PDF or JPG format) and transmit their letter of recommendation via E-mail to the Fulbright Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: Submitted letters of recommendation are confidential documents and may not be viewed or retrieved by the applicant at any stage.
To access and download the "Fulbright Letter of Reference Form", Click here!
For more information, you may wish to visit the FLTA Website at: http://Foreign.fulbrightonline.org/
FAQs (FLTA Award)
Q: When is the final FLTA award selections announced?
A:The applications will be reviewed and determined by the Commission’s Selection Review Committee (SRC) approximately five months from the final date of receiving applications (May 31st).
Q: Do the applicants need to sit for the TOEFL?
A: Yes, the applicants need to sit for the unofficial TOEFL - ITP test and obtain a minimum score of 550.
Q: Does the applicant need to be nominated by a university or an institution in order to apply?
A: No, The Fulbright scholarship competition is open to all qualified Jordanian applicants. Your home university or institution may wish to nominate you but this will have no bearing on the selection process.
Q: Does the applicant need to be in a certain field of study to be able to apply for the FLTA Program?
A: Yes, applicants should be a Teacher of English or pursuing higher studies as a teacher of English. Moreover, applicants will be considered from the following disciplines with prior teaching experience:
Education, Teacher Training
10. Educational Psychology
Q: Do the applicants get to choose where they will be placed - at which university - in the U.S.?
A: No, the FLTA grantees will be placed in a U.S. university through a matching system determined by Institute for International Education (IIE) in New York based on the applicants’ experience, academic background and other factors included in the FLTA's application.
Q: Can someone with a US citizenship or green card (residency) apply for a Fulbright grant?
A: No, any one applying for a Fulbright grant must not be a US citizen or hold a green card (residency).
Q: What are the chances of an applicant who meets all the requirements?
A: The chances of the applicant will greatly depend on the competition with other applicants. Thus, it is difficult to determine one’s chances for an FLTA award.
Q: What is the length of the FLTA Program in the U.S.?
A: The FLTA Program is a non-degree, nine-month program.