VISITING PROGRAM



NOTICE:  Once the Commission receives requests for a Jordanian
S-I-R from a U.S. host academic institution, we will be posting these requests at the bottom of this page.

The Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program sends Jordanian scholars and professionals from Jordan to lecture in U.S. colleges and universities for one semester or one academic year.

Although preference is given to proposals in the humanities or social sciences, other fields focusing on international issues will be considered.


The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. By supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component, both the U.S. institution and the scholar grantee benefit. 

One of the few Fulbright programs that serve institutions, S-I-R gives preference to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, community colleges, small, liberal arts institutions, Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions - AANAPISI and American Indian and Alaskan Native - AIANSIs and Predominantly Black Institutions- PBIs. There are opportunities for other institutions to partner with preference organizations. Your institution is invited to learn how S-I-R can help advance its international presence, assist in faculty and curriculum development, and diversify the educational experiences.


Public outreach on and off campus is a very important component of the S-I-R Program.  Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence are lecturers and cross-cultural consultants as well as researchers.  Most importantly, S-I-Rs teach Americans about their country as well as provide a perspective on their particular academic field from the context of their country and culture.  By performing public outreach, S-I-R scholars, in turn, gain an in-depth view of U.S. culture and society.  Host institutions arrange public speaking opportunities for S-I-R scholars.


S-I-R outreach can take place both on campus as well as off campus:


      ● On campus, in addition to classroom teaching and/or lecturing, host institutions faculty or staff will ask an S-I-R to provide       consultation to help them develop new courses, programs of study, exchange activities and/or contacts to make connections       with institutions in the S-I-R’s country. 


      ● Off campus, an S-I-R will be asked to give talks to groups of people in the surrounding communities, which may include             people who have little or no knowledge about the S-I-R’s country or culture.  S-I-Rs may encounter occasions that are not             always welcoming to what they represent.  However, it is expected that through public speaking events, an S-I-R scholar can       promote dialogue, learning and improved understanding about his or her country among Americans.   


      ● S-I-R Grant benefits are the same as for Fulbright visiting scholars, and include: a monthly stipend, a settling-in-allowance,       professional allowance, dependent allowance (where applicable), and round-trip travel for grantee and dependent (where             applicable). In addition, many host institutions offer cost-sharing benefits (a salary supplement and/or other


      ● Announcements for S-I-R grants are published on this website as they reach us from the Institute of International                       Education (IIE) or you may wish to visit IIE's website at


      ● Applicants for S-I-R programs will be requested to fill up the same Application Form as that of the: Jordanian Fulbright             Visiting Scholars (Post-Doctoral) Program to the United States.Same Eligibility and General Application Guidelines applies, as       follows: 



      ● Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application. For professionals and artists           outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment is expected. 

      ● Proficiency in English appropriate to the proposed lecturing or research project to be carried out in the United States.               

      ● The applicant must secure an approved leave of absence from his/her institution. Generally, this requirement is worked o             out in favor of those on sabbatical leaves. However, grants are not limited to those on sabbatical.
            Note: 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. 


      ● 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.
            Note: 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 residence requirement associated with the J-1 visa.


      ● 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. 


      ● 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.


      ● Preference may be given to those without recent experience in the United States.

Note: 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.


      General Application Guidelines:


      ● Fill in the information requested in the FULBRIGHT Online Application form completely.               
  ● 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 or lecturing 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. 
            Note: All items must be in English.


      ● Letter of invitation, if you have one (this is not a requirement).


      ● Proofread the entire application before submitting it to the Fulbright Commission. The application should be free of                     grammatical and spelling errors.


       ● Your Application Form and all requested supporting documents mentioned above should be submitted to the Fulbright               office in Shmeisani (Tel.568-4760).  


           Note: Contact the Binational Fulbright Commission at for a hard copy or an electronic version of the               application once it is available.


For more about the S-I-R program, please contact us at the Fulbright Commission in Jordan (in Shmeisani) via Email at or :


The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program
c/o Institute of International Education (I.I.E.)

1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone:   202-686-4000
Fax:        202-686-4029

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