PROGRAMS FOR JORDANIANS

Jordanian Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Master’s Degree)

This program is intended for a 2-year full-time study towards a Master’s degree in the United States. All fields of study are accepted except for any clinical fields which requires direct interaction with human subjects.

The last day to apply for the 2024-2025 application cycle will be June 29th, 2023, at 3 PM.

Application cycle:

February 1, 2023

June 29, 2023

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Overview

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) is offered every year to qualified Jordanian students for higher study and research in the United States of America.  The program is fully funded by the Fulbright Commission in Jordan and is intended for two (2) years' full-time study, towards only a MASTER'S DEGREE in all fields of study except for any clinical fields which require direct interaction with humans or animals such as medicine, veterinary science, and dentistry.

Also, the Fulbright Commission cannot cover any master’s degree that requires a license as part of its program.

Application and Nomination Timeline

Eligibility

Applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for this  program:

  • Currently residing in Jordan; applicants must reside in Jordan starting from the application process and throughout the selection, placement and pre-departure processes.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education, with transcripts that demonstrate consistent academic performance suitable for graduate-level study in the U.S.
  • Potential applicants are expected to have a proven excellent command of English in order to carry-out high-level scholarly work.
  • 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 States.
  • Preference will be given to interested applicants, who meet the above eligibility requirements in the fields of Fine Arts; Humanities; and Social Sciences.

For MBA applicants only:

  • MBA applicants MUST have a minimum of 3-5 years of professional, work experience after the last university degree.

Who is ineligible to apply for this competition?

  • Persons applying for or holding permanent residence (Green Card) in the United States are not eligible.
  • Persons who are citizens of both Jordan and the United States are also not eligible.
  • A candidate who has resided in the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application is ineligible for a grant (A candidate who has lived in the United States for nine months or more during a calendar year is deemed to have resided in the United States for that year).
  • Individuals who are employees or close family members or dependents of employees of JACEE, the JACEE board, the US Embassy or the US Department of State or its cooperating agencies are ineligible to apply for the program.

Required Tests

The following exams should be taken, and the scores should be included in the online application:

  1. An English proficiency exam  
    The applicant needs to take the TOEFL – iBT (Internet-based test) or TOEFL – ITP exams to determine their English proficiency.

Important notes about the exams:

  • Upon registering for the TOEFL (iBT) exam, you will have an account on the ETS system (Educational Testing Service).
  • In order to have original copies of your score reports (TOEFL) sent to Fulbright and Amideast, you need to add two DI codes (Institutional Codes):
    (8293) for Fulbright Jordan and (5027) for AMIDEAST Washington, D.C.
  • For the TOEFL exam, the codes should be entered 48 hours prior the exam on your ETS account.

Note: GRE/GMAT tests are optional at this stage of the application

Required Documents

  • Official and Certified University Transcripts in English: You will be asked to upload a scan of this document with the grading system on the back; however, hard copies should also be mailed, couriered or hand-delivered directly to the Fulbright office in Jordan.
  • Three letters of recommendation: More details are available below.
  • An English proficiency score report: TOEFL (iBT) 79-8- or TOEFL ITP 0f 550.

The DI codes you need to enter for Fulbright and AMIDEAST (HQ) to receive a hard copy can be found under the required tests section.

  • A detailed CV/Resume.
  • Portfolio: Candidates applying for a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree must submit a portfolio showing his/her work in previous years.
  • Two essays written in English by the applicant:
  1. Personal Statement/Motivation letter
  2. Study and Research Objectives

(More details are available below under Additional Guidance)

Important note about Plagiarism: The Fulbright Jordanian Student 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.

Required Characteristics

Required Fields

Program Components

English language proficiency

An English proficiency exam
The applicant needs to take the TOEFL – iBT (Internet-based test) exam or TOEFL ITP to determine their English proficiency.

An English proficiency score report: TOEFL (iBT) or TOEFL ITP

The DI codes you need to enter for Fulbright and AMIDEAST (HQ) to receive a hard copy can be found under the required tests section.

Publications

Required Essays and Letters

Recommendation letters

  • You are advised to contact 3 referees and ask them to provide you with letters of recommendation. Your recommenders may include professors who taught you and/or supervisors at work.
  • Applicants should not view the contents of these letters of recommendation, as it is a confidential document between the referee/recommender and the Fulbright Commission and its counterparts.
  • There are several ways to submit your recommendation letters:
  1. Through the Online Application: 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. Through e-mail: You can send the “Letter of Reference Form” by e-mail to your referees who should fill it out and be typed ONLY. Printouts with handwritten text will not be accepted. It’s also important to stress on the needs to be a typed and signed text page attached to the cover letter, and then either mail or courier or hand-deliver, in a sealed envelope to our P. O. Box. Or, your referee may 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, please see the following attachment: “Fulbright Letter of Reference”

What do we cover

  • Roundtrip Flight from Jordan to the United States
  • Monthly Stipend (to cover housing and living expenses)
  • Travel Allowance
  • Visa fees
  • Medical Coverage
  • Tuition & Books

How to apply

To apply for this program, you need to fill out an online application during the open cycle, The Fulbright Commission in Jordan only accepts online applications for this program.​

 -  The online application portal is a user-friendly system through which you will create an account and fill-out your application form for this competition as well as upload any needed documents, you can create an account, and start your application through this link: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2024

-  Instructions on how to complete your application can be found HERE.

Note: Deadline to apply is June 29th, 2023, at 3 PM; applications received after this date or incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

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 graduate study in the U.S.
  • Once a Fulbright grantee starts their study in the US, they should maintain a satisfactory academic performance of 3.00 GPA throughout their graduate-studies.

Additional Guidance

How to Write a Successful Statement of Purpose? Click here

Jordanian Student Application Strategies.  Click here

Important Note: Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.

We are here to help:

  • Please visit periodically our Fulbright Facebook Page, for announcement of scheduled Information Sessions hosted by the Fulbright Commission.
  • 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 to: Mr. Naser on telephone extension #14 or Ms. Rana on extension #15, Sundays 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 Foreign Student Program 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.

Q: Does a prior acceptance to a university in the US help the applicant?
A: Having a US university acceptance will not help the applicant or give him/her a better chance of being nominated for a scholarship. This acceptance might be helpful if the applicant receives the scholarship and wishes to attend that same university, however, this is not guaranteed:  The Commission will decide on the final university placement.

Q: Should applicants who studied in the US or the UK sit for the TOEFL exam?
A: Yes, all applicants, regardless of where they obtained their Undergraduate or Master’s degree(s), must sit for the Official TOEFL examination again in order to be able to compete for the scholarship.

Q: Does the applicant need to be in a certain field of study to be able to apply for the program?
A: Applicants from all fields can apply, except those enrolled in disciplines that require clinical training and internships such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

Q: Does the applicant need to be nominated by a university or an institution in order to apply?
A: 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: Is the Fulbright grant fully funded and what is the length of the program?
A: The Fulbright grant is fully funded, and it is a two-year program for the Master’s program.

Q: If an applicant already holds a Masters’ degree, is he/she eligible to apply for another one?
A: It is not recommended to apply for another Masters’ degree.  However, there may be exceptional cases whereby applying for a second Master’s degree may be considered.  This is rare.  For more information, please contact the Fulbright Commission office for advice and further details.

Q: Do graduates of American Universities have a better chance than the other applicants?
A: All applications are reviewed and equally evaluated. However, the preference will be given for applicants without previous experience in the USA.

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 this award.​

Q: Can someone who is already enrolled in a program in the US apply for a program in order to complete his education?
A: Fulbright programs are not awarded to complete programs already started in the U.S.

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