The academic year in Jordan is September through June. Preference will be given to candidates with at least three years of postdoctoral experience. Letters of host institutional affiliation are encouraged, though not required or requested as part of the award criteria. Potential applicants may suggest preferred host institutions, and, if able, include a letter of support or invitation in their applications. Final affiliations will be arranged and confirmed by the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange.
The office of the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange, or the "Fulbright House", is located in a villa in the quiet residential district of Shmeisani in Amman. It is ideally situated in proximity to many shops, hotels, restaurants and public transportation. The Fulbright House serves Jordanian and American students, scholars and professionals and provides a deep support network for all Fulbrighters in Jordan. The Fulbright staff is committed to ensuring that each Fulbright grant recipient becomes a member of our Fulbright family and feels that a home-away-from-home is ever present from the day of their arrival in the Kingdom until they depart.
All American grantees to Jordan are greeted upon arrival at the airport and housed temporarily at a hotel near the Fulbright House. An in-Country orientation week is offered to introduce incoming grantees and their families to a variety of local and international presenters, and to discuss Jordanian and regional politics, economics, religion, security and society. A significant amount of time is dedicated to cross-cultural discussions on Jordanian values. A personal security awareness briefing is also offered, complimented by a briefing from the U.S. Embassy security staff.
The Fulbright staff in Jordan regularly assist incoming Fulbrighters in securing suitable apartments and introducing them to their community. Assistance is provided in establishing local bank accounts, identifying schools for accompanying dependents, opening local e-mail and Internet accounts, or finding volunteer or internship opportunities. For accompanying spouses, the staff will help in securing local, part-time job placement and offer general information where the grantees can avail themselves of many other local services or vendors. The staff at the Fulbright House also provides assistance in securing the required residency and/or work permits, locating medical care physicians or specialists, and guidance regarding special medication needs.
American Fulbrighters are each assigned his/her own mailbox at the Fulbright House, where the mail is picked up and deposited on weekly basis. Announcements of local cultural, film, art events and activities in Amman are also shared. The Fulbright House lounge offers Fulbrighters the opportunity to watch movies or avail themselves of a modest free-lending book and large DVD library. Periodic "town meetings" are held with the grantees and their families and regular get-togethers are arranged to enjoy and celebrate such occasions as Thanksgiving, Christmas or Ramadan Iftars (special evening meals during the month of Ramadan). The Fulbright House also serves as the umbrella institution for meetings or events convened by the Jordanian Fulbright Alumni Association and for the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Association of Jordan.
For more information on the grant experience to Jordan, visit the following helpful links:
Blog posts from previous Fulbright scholars to Jordan: