After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fulbright Commission in Jordan is pleased to be hosting a cohort of nineteen U.S. Fulbright Scholars, U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs), and the U.S. Fulbright Student Researchers.
The new grantees have just completed their in-country orientation at the Fulbright House. After an introduction to the Fulbright team in Jordan, the orientation continued with wide-ranging sessions that introduced Fulbrighters to life in Jordan and Jordanian culture. Sessions included talks by Jordanian alumni and Americans living in Jordan, a session on Islam, and a session on refugees in Jordan.
As part of the orientation, grantees also met with the Counselor for Public Affairs, Stefanie Altman-Winans; the U.S. Embassy's newly arrived Public Diplomacy Officer, Calvin Hayes; Catherine Seagraves, U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services; and Maria Jweihan from the U.S. Embassy’s Health Unit.
Grantees also met with Omar Matadar, Director of the Qasid Institute for Arabic language study, and Dr. Helen Malko, Associate Director at the American Center of Research (ACOR).
As a wrap-up of this exciting week, the Fulbright Commission held a dinner where the board of directors, university representatives, and American and Jordanian alumni gathered to welcome the grantees and their families to Jordan.