PROGRAMS FOR JORDANIANS

Jordanian Fulbright Scholar Research Award (Post-Doctoral)

These grants are awarded to Jordanian scholars to conduct post-doctoral, collaborative research at a U.S. academic institution, on a merit-based competition.

The next application cycle opens in the Spring of 2021

Application cycle:

February 2, 2020

June 30, 2020

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Overview

  • This program is designed for Jordanian scholars interested in pursuing a specific collaborative research project in the United States for a period of stay ranging from a minimum of four (4) months to nine (9) months maximum.
  • Only those currently holding a PhD or an equivalent professional degree are eligible to compete for this award.
  • The Fulbright Commission in Jordan is only accepting applications online.

Application and Nomination Timeline

Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for this award?

To download a copy of the Eligibility and Guidelines for this award, click here!

Note: Any Jordanian scholar applying for this award opportunity, should not have been physically present in the United States on a (J-1) visa or an exchange program for more than six months’ duration during the 12 month period before the application deadline 30 May 2020.

Minimum requirements:

  • 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. Persons 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.
  • Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application. For professionals and artists outside academy, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment is expected.
  • Proficiency in English appropriate to the proposed research project to be carried out in the United States.
  • The applicant must be currently engaged in teaching or significant research at a Jordanian university or a research institution.
  • A minimum of 5 publications after PhD degree, other than the PhD dissertation.
  • Release letter: If the applicant has been nominated by his/her home university for this award, the candidate will need to secure an approved leave of absence from his/her institution. Generally, this requirement is worked-out in favor of those on sabbatical leaves. However, grants are not limited to those on sabbatical
  • Preference may be given to those without recent experience in the United States.

Obligations and commitments:

  • Fulbright Scholars enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa under a Department of State program and are subject to the two-year home-country residency requirement associated with the J-1 visa.
  • 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.
  • Grantees are not allowed to take a paying job during the term of their award. The U.S. host institution provides access to its research facilities, equipment, office space, secretarial help, and other assistance. No financial support is expected of the host U.S. institution.

Required Tests

Required Documents

Required Characteristics

Required Fields

Program Components

English language proficiency

Publications

A minimum of 5 publications after their PhD degree, other than the PhD dissertation.

Required Essays and Letters

To download a copy of the Requirements of the 2020-22 Jordanian Fulbright Scholar Program, click here!

To download a copy of the General Information Preparing for the Post-Docs Application, Click Here!

  • Detailed Statement of Proposed Activity (3-5 pages)
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Three References (letters of recommendation) - Submitted as explained below.
  • A List of your Publications and Articles
  • A Letter of Invitation from a U.S. academic institution is encouraged as part of your application (This is not a requirement)

Recommendation letters

What do we cover

  • Monthly Stipend
  • Visa fees
  • Medical coverage
    Note: This grant does not cover airfare.
  • Should the applicant be nominated for this grant, he/she or the nominating institution will be responsible to provide the round-trip international travel from Amman for the grantee and his/her dependents, if applicable.

How to apply

The Fulbright Commission in Jordan is only accepting applications online.

There are several ways to submit your Reference Reports/Letters of Recommendation:

Application Form and all requested supporting documents mentioned above should be available after February 2nd, 2020.

Applications received after this date or incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

  1. You may register the names and contact information of your referees online, on your online account, 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: info@fulbright.org.jo
  3. 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, please click here.

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 research award in the U.S.

Additional Guidance

Fill in the information requested in the FULBRIGHT Application form as completely and in as much accurate detail as possible.

  • You may wish to upload additional pages to answer these questions.
  • Treat the application as a unitary whole, with all parts reinforcing the project statement. The flow should be orderly: the candidates' capabilities are listed in the application, further documented in the curriculum vitae and confirmed in the references.
  • Use the project statement to make the parts interact by referring to items in the curriculum vitae or research bibliography, without being redundant or simplistic, you should make it easier for the reviewer to find the key pieces of information you wish to convey.
  • A detailed statement of proposed activity for research at a US institution. The proposed project should contribute to the development of knowledge in your field and must be effectively investigated within a period of four (4) to nine (9) months in the United States.
  • Applicants must indicate and list in the Application or C.V. the number of publications, titles and/or co-authorship in academic and professional journals related to your field of specialization or discipline.
  • Include a well thought-out biographical essay, in English with the application. Include three (3) letters of recommendation (in English) from persons familiar with your academic achievements.
  • A Letter of Invitation from a U.S. academic institution is encouraged as part of your application (This is not a requirement)
  • Proof-read the entire application before submitting it to the Fulbright Commission.
  • The application should be free of grammatical, plagiarism, and spelling errors.
  • Your Application Form and all requested supporting documents mentioned above should be submitted NO LATER THAN 31 May 2020.
  • Applications received after this date or incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Note: All items must be in English

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

Please Email any questions you may have during the application process at: info@fulbright.org.jo

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.

Q: Does the applicant need to be in a certain field of study to apply for this Award?
A: Applicants from all fields may apply except those with research purposes   and goals that are associated with clinical training such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary sciences.

Q: What is a "Release Letter" that the applicant should secure from his/her home university's President, which should be submitted as part of the application form?
A: A "Release Letter is an official letter from the applicant's home university stating that he/she will be able to secure a release from university duties if he/she is awarded the Fulbright Scholar Award.

Q: What is a letter of invitation?
A: It is a letter from the U.S. hosting university inviting the Fulbright Visiting Scholar, should he/she be awarded a Fulbright Award, to collaborate in his/her research.

Q: What is the length or duration of a Fulbright Visiting Scholar grant to the U.S.?
A: The minimum is 4 months and the maximum is 9 months.

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.

Q: How many publications should the applicant have at the time of submitting the application?
A: The minimum is Five (5) publications or more.

Q: When is the final Post-Doctoral award selections announced?
A: The applications will be reviewed and determined by the Commission's Selection Review Committee (SRC) approximately seven months from the final date of receiving applications (May 31st).

Q: Are dependents eligible to accompany the Scholar to the U.S. for the duration of his/her grant?
A: Yes, they may eligible, taking into consideration that the accompanying dependents must reside with the Scholar for a minimum of 80% of the grant duration in the US

Q: Can an applicant with dual nationalities (Jordanian and American) citizenship be eligible to apply?
A: No.  Jordanian Scholar applicants who hold a U.S. Passport or a U.S. "Green Card" may NOT apply for this Award.

Q: How can I contact the Fulbright Commission by E-mail?
A: Please address all your queries to the following E-mail address: info@fulbright.org.jo

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