Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)

A 10-week program that brings young faculty members from Jordan to U.S. academic institutions for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities in Environmental Sustainability or One Health.

This award will NOT be offered in in the academic year 2022-23

Application cycle:

September 29, 2019

December 12, 2019

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During this 10 week program, scholars will be introduced to new teaching and research methods, observe classes, attend seminars, and develop linkages with American faculty through weekly mentoring sessions. On-going community engagement with university-identified host families, volunteers, or others in the broader local community will facilitate the scholars’ participation in outreach activities, including visits to historical sites and attendance at cultural events.

While introduction to new research methods in the scholars’ disciplines does constitute one component of the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program, the program is not intended to provide a venue for individual research projects


  • Build higher education capacity in Jordan through faculty development and mentoring for junior scholars.
  • Foster long-term collaboration and institutional linkages between Jordan and U.S. academics.
  • Promote mutual understanding between Jordanians and Americans by facilitating the scholars’ engagement with the broader host campus community.


Who is eligible to apply for this award?

  • Full-time Jordanian university faculty member
  • Jordanian citizens residing, living, working or studying in Jordan. Applicants currently studying in the U.S. or abroad are not eligible to apply;
  • Minimum of MSc degree with at least five years of full-time university-level teaching experience or a PhD and no more than five years of university-level teaching experience; OR
  • MSc degree holders currently enrolled in a doctoral program must possess at least three years of full-time university-level teaching experience. Proficiency in English sufficient to effectively carry out grant activities in the United States.
  • Commitment to classroom teaching and desire to strengthen teaching and leadership skills.
  • Scholar’s academic focus must be in one the JFDP’s academic disciplines, cited above.
  • Must be available to travel to the United States and participate for the duration of the ten (10) week program:
    June 21  – August  30, 2020
  • Applicants must hold Jordanian Citizenship (Nationality), a valid Jordanian Passport and must have a permanent residence status in Jordan at the time of application and throughout the selection and nomination process.
  • Previous Experience in the US: Preference given to qualified candidates without substantial and recent experience in the US (defined as more than 9 months or one academic year during the past 5 years).
  • A release letter is required from your Jordanian Home university upon receiving final nomination from this Commission.

Eligible fields:

Applicants can apply in one of the following fields:

  • Environmental Sustainability: Arid Lands and Sustainable Agriculture; Water Conservation and Hydrology; Alternative and Renewable Energy.
  • One Health: Public Health, Community Nursing, Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology

Who is ineligible to apply for this award?

  • Applicants applying-for or holding permanent residence (Green Card) in the United States are not eligible.
  • Applicants who are citizens of both Jordan and the United States are also not eligible.
  • Any candidate who has resided in the U.S. for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application is ineligible.
  • Persons who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

Please note that the JFDP grants are not for the principal purpose of:

  • Attending conferences;
  • Completing doctoral dissertation research;
  • Travel and consultation at multiple institutions.

Required Tests

Required Documents

Required Characteristics

Required Fields

Program Components

English language proficiency


Required Essays and Letters

  • Your preferred discipline-based cohort (Applicants may apply for one cohort only.)
  • Educational background;
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • An explanation of how your participation in this program would benefit you and your institution as a whole;
  • How you plan to implement what you will gain from this program upon returning to Jordan;
  • Three References (letters of recommendation).

If you expect to qualify for JFDP award consideration, you should take note of and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Fill in the information requested in the FULBRIGHT-JFDP Application form as completely and in as much accurate detail as possible.
  • Proofread the entire application before submitting it onto the JFDP online Portal.
  • The application should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.

​There are several ways to submit your recommendation letters:

  1. You may register the names and contact information of your referees online, on your online application, and then your referees will receive instructions from the system on how to complete these forms. Or;
  2. 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. Or, your referee may scan (PDF or JPG format) and transmit their letter of recommendation via E-mail to the Fulbright Commission at
  3. Please Note: Submitted letters of recommendation are confidential documents and may not be viewed or retrieved by the applicant at any stage.
  4. To access and download the Fulbright Letter of Reference Form, please click the following link: “Letter of Reference Form”

Recommendation letters

What do we cover

  • Administrative stipend.
  • Travel allowance and equipment allowance.
  • Scholars will be accommodated in furnished studio or apartment-style housing. Depending on the host institution selected, the housing offered may be shared but each scholar is guaranteed a private bedroom and private bathroom.
  • Travel and accommodations for a re-entry workshop to be hosted in Washington, D.C.
  • Round-trip international airfare to the U.S.
  • Accident and sickness insurance for the duration of the study program.

Please note that dependents including spouses and/or children may not accompany the scholar to the U.S. for this program

For additional information on the JFDP please click here!

How to apply

Each applicant will be required to submit an online application. Please read all of the Instructions on how to start and fill-out your online application.

J-1 Visa

Fulbright Scholars 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 graduate study in the U.S.

Additional Guidance

Important Note REF Plagiarism: The Fulbright 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.



Q: Who is eligible to apply for the JFDP?
A: Applicants must be full-time, junior faculty employees at an accredited Jordanian university or degree-granting higher education institution. Potential applicants should hold a minimum of an MSc degree with at least 5 years of full-time university-level teaching experience.  Interested applicants who hold a master’s degree and are currently enrolled in a PhD program should possess at least 3 years of full-time university-level lecturing experience.  Applicants who are PhD holders should have a maximum of 5 years of full-time university-level teaching experience.

Q: Could an applicant conduct research while on the JFDP grant?
A: The JFDP is not intended to provide opportunities for individual research projects.

Q: Do I need to secure an invitation letter from a U.S. University?
A: No, the U.S. host universities are selected by AMIDEAST, D.C. for each discipline-based cohort.

Q: Do applicants need to secure a “Release Letter” from their home universities?
A: Yes, once a nominee receives a notification of final approval from the Fulbright Commission, he/she must secure a “Release Letter” from their home university certifying their current employment status and the continuity of their contract upon completing the JFDP and return to Jordan.

Q: I am a Jordanian citizen living overseas and would like to apply to participate in the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program.  Am I eligible?
A: No, only Jordanian citizens who are residing in Jordan are eligible to apply for this program.

Q: Can an applicant with dual nationalities (Jordanian and American) apply to the JFDP?
A: Persons who are citizens of both Jordan and the United States are not eligible to apply for the JFDP (or any other Fulbright-sponsored program). Moreover, persons applying for or holding a permanent residency status in the United States (Green Card) are not eligible.

Q: What types of activities will I be engaged in during my ten (10) weeks on a U.S. campus?
A: Jordanian Fulbright junior faculty will benefit from a variety of organized seminars addressing the following faculty-development related topics:

  • Curriculum development
  • New research methods
  • Academic leadership and governance
  • Educational administration
  • New media: use of technology in the classroom and in conducting research
  • Educational assessment
  • Experiential learning

Q: Do I receive any certificate upon completing my program?
A: Yes, upon completing the JFDP requirements, the grantee receives a Fulbright Certificate of Completion.

Q: How can I contact the Fulbright Commission by E-mail?
A: Please address all your queries to the following E-mail address:

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


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