PROGRAMS FOR JORDANIANS

Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Award

A 9-month, non-degree program for people who are passionate about cultural exchange and teaching Arabic as a second language in the United States.

Deadline Extended Until June 30th

Application cycle:

February 2, 2020

June 30, 2020

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Overview

The Fulbright FLTA is a non-degree award that is for one academic year (approximately 9-10 months) nonrenewable opportunity.

As a Fulbright FLTA, you would be able to engage in a meaningful cultural exchange opportunity on a U.S. university or college campus, while at the same time expanding your educational skills, increasing your English proficiency, and promoting mutual understanding through engaging with American students and getting involved in local communities.

Each FLTA grantee will have the chance to be a primary or assistant teacher in an Arabic class at a U.S. University, while also being a student enrolled in two courses per semester.

Eligibility

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.
  • An applicant 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 this webpage.

  • 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 2021 before arriving at their U.S. host institutions in August 2021.
  • 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.


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 Programs.

Required Tests

  • TOEFL (ITP) test
  • 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 found under the CONTACT page.


Required Documents

  • 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:
    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 info@fulbright.org.jo


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.

  • 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”
  • 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, 2022: the FLTA applicant should make a clear photocopy of his/her Jordanian Passport data page and include this page with the application.

Required Characteristics

  • 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 State.
  • 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.
  • Applicants should be representative and responsible citizens who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture of their own countries and thereby contribute to understanding between the people of the United States and Jordan.
  • 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.

Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, status as a parent, protected genetic information, or sexual orientation.

Required Fields

Program Components

English language proficiency

Publications

Required Essays and Letters

Recommendation letters

What do we cover

  • Roundtrip Flight from Jordan to the United States
  • Monthly Stipend
  • Visa fees
  • Health coverage
  • Tuition & Books

How to apply

You may access the online link once posted on the website. It is a user-friendly system through which you will be filling-out your application form for this competition.

To access the Fulbright application, visit the following link: HERE

For detailed information and instructions on how to complete your application, click on the following link: Instructions to apply

No applications will be accepted after the deadline May 31st, 2020.

J-1 Visa

Fulbright Students 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 award in the U.S.

Additional Guidance

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 applying.

Ref Plagiarism: Candidates are highly encouraged to watch this YouTube video.

You may contact the Jordanian Programs Team for more information: Mr. Naser on telephone extension #14 or Ms. Rana on extension #15, Sunday through Thursday, between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

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.

FAQs

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:

  • Anthropology
  • Area Studies
  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Computer Sciences/Technology
  • Education
  • Education, Rural
  • Education, Teacher Training
  • Educational Administration
  • 10. Educational Psychology
  • Educational Technology
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

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.

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