Rawabit: The U.S.-Jordanian University Cooperation Network

Through the Rawabit project, the University Cooperation Network’s (UCN) participating Jordanian and U.S. universities seek to improve their institutional capacity, internal funding, and risk management to undertake serious collaborative reforms guided by U.S. and global best practices in these areas. Universities and affiliated scholars and researchers in both countries can benefit from an open and transparent atmosphere of information and peer-to-peer collegiality.

The overarching goal of Rawabit is to formalize and institutionalize the UCN’s operations in support of intensified cooperation around higher and postsecondary education with a special focus on ensuring better job opportunities and economic outcomes for targeted populations of university students in Jordan especially young woman.

The Rawabit Project of the United States-Jordan University Cooperation Network (UCN) offers two categories of small grants:

1- Travel Grants (funding up to $5,000; up to five grants will be awarded in 2023).

2- Partnership Development Grants ($5,000-$10,000 for teams; up to five will be awarded in 2023).

A- Background:

  • In 2016, a team led by the Eurasia Foundation and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Jordan assessed US-Jordan university partnerships. Key findings of the assessment established that there were few sustained partnerships; those that existed were mostly unidirectional (Jordan to US); and there was a weak infrastructure to support existing and potential linkages.
  • As a result of that assessment, the U.S. Embassy in Jordan funded the initial phase of the University Cooperation Network (2018-2021) with two hubs at Virginia Tech and University of Jordan. Under this project, an informal network was established with about ten universities in the U.S. and ten in Jordan.
  • After funding for that project concluded, in 2022 NEA funded the PULSE (Partnerships for University Leadership and Student Engagement) project, with a hub at the University of Jordan, culminating in a July 2022 conference on paths forward and partnership grants. PULSE was the bridge between the original UCN and the new UCN to be housed at the Fulbright Jordan Commission.

B- Objectives:

  • Institutionalization and formalization of the University Cooperation Network (UCN) to build on current and potential relationships between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the United States and Jordan.
  • Increase capacity within Jordanian HEIs to embrace and adapt U.S. best practices and prepare students for employment in expanding sectors of Jordan’s economy.
  • Enable HEIs in Jordan to offer curricular and co-curricular programs that incorporate the demands of the private sector and workforce needs to prepare students for employment in vital and growing sectors of Jordan’s economy.

C- How to Apply for Rawabit Grants:  

Currently, we are not accepting full applications, but we are accepting pre-applications for partnership development grants only (please refer to section E- Additional Guidance below ). We anticipate the next cycle of applications will open on September 15, 2023. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your application then.

Grant Priority Areas:

The most competitive grant proposals will focus on one of these three areas:

1. Bolstering and supporting female faculty and staff at Jordanian HEI’s, such as partnership proposals that seek to increase numbers of female faculty/staff, focus on retention, and/or help women advance into leadership positions at their institutions of higher learning.

2. The development of new or improved curriculum offerings at Jordanian HEIs to better prepare Jordanian students to meet contemporary market needs and emerging areas of economic development after the collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

3. Partnerships that address regional, national, and/or local development objectives through or with higher education institutions. The partnership must include at least one higher education institution, as a partner. Other partners could include the private sector, NGOs, research institutions, governments, or a USAID mission.

1. Travel Grants:

Travel Grant proposals can be submitted by one or more individuals from either country.

Applications (350 words maximum) should include a description of proposed travel, with an explanation of the purposes of travel and how it will contribute to the development of U.S.-Jordan partnerships, new university linkages, or exchange opportunities. If funding is for travel to an academic conference, please provide the dates, name and location of the event or conference, and indicate whether the applicants have already been accepted for inclusion in the conference program. It is also essential to clarify how participation in that conference would support binational academic partnership development. Each applicant should include a brief (1-2 pages maximum) CV or resume.

2. Partnership Development Grants:

Partnership Development Grant proposals must be submitted by a binational team, with one co-lead or co-PI (principal investigator) from each country.

Applications (750 words maximum) should include a brief (1-2 pages maximum) CV or resume for each applicant or co-PI in addition to the proposal. Each proposal should include 3 sections:

1. Summary of the proposed partnership project (250 words maximum), with discussion of how the team has been formed, previous cooperation, and plans to involve other faculty, researchers and students.

2. Significance of the proposed partnership project (250 words), and relevance to mutually beneficial development objectives (with discussion of how the project could impact policy, applied research, or student learning).

3. Plans for sustainability (250 words): how do the co-PIs plan to expand and sustain their partnership? Please list specific follow-on funding, with deadlines and amounts, that each team will pursue, along with other plans to sustain and develop the partnership.

D- Other Funding/Partnership Opportunities:

Calling all Jordanian International Relations Officers and faculty members!

We are pleased to present a remarkable opportunity for you to take part in an important international education conference in the United States. As Rawabit members, you are eligible to apply for a special “Imtidad” travel grant of up to $5,000 for you to present at the conference below.

NAFSA Annual Conference, the deadline for proposal is August 30.

If you are interested in presenting a paper that focuses the topics of expanding student and scholarly mobility, or scholarly cooperation and partnerships between the United States and Jordan, then you are eligible to apply for funding by completing this form. You may submit this form at any time, but only those whose proposals are accepted for presentation at the conference will be considered.

Rawabit also has access to a U.S. student mobility expert, Dr. John Sunnygard, who is willing to be a co-presenter with a Jordanian colleague at  the conference. If you are interested in getting in touch with Dr. Sunnygard to discuss the possibility of co-presenting, please contact Rawabit Project Officer, Aya Shurafa, at: rawabit@fulbright.org.jo.

E- Additional Guidance:  

For any questions you can:

1- Email our team at: rawabit.po@fulbright.org.jo.

2- Call our team at: +962-6-592-2088 or +962-6-592-2188 (EXT. 27)

3- Enhance your Partnership Development Grant Proposal with a Pre-submission Review

Our experienced Rawabit team is here to provide you with a thorough assessment and constructive feedback, tailored to meet the necessary grant standards. By requesting a pre-submission review, you can expect feedback to assure that the proposal aligns with the Rawabit project indicators and goals to increase your chances of success in the competition.

To request a proposal review, complete the pre-application here and our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

''Please note that this is only available for partnership development grants. Due to the large number of travel grants, we cannot provide pre-review for travel grant applications.’’

Disclaimer:

This media product is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Department of State. The contents are the responsibility of the Fulbright Commission in Jordan and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of State or the United States Government.

Rawabit: The U.S.-Jordanian Higher Education Network

Through the Rawabit project, the Higher Education Network’s (HEN) participating Jordanian and U.S. universities seek to improve their institutional capacity, internal funding, and risk management to undertake serious collaborative reforms guided by U.S. and global best practices in these areas. Universities and affiliated scholars and researchers in both countries can benefit from an open and transparent atmosphere of information and peer-to-peer collegiality.

The overarching goal of Rawabit is to formalize and institutionalize the HEN’s operations in support of intensified cooperation around higher and postsecondary education with a special focus on ensuring better job opportunities and economic outcomes for targeted populations of university students in Jordan especially young woman.

To help accomplish these objectives, the Rawabit Project offers two categories of small grants for academics and professionals in the field of higher education.

1- Travel Grants: (Grants from $3,000 to $5,000)

Travel grants are provided to cover the travel expenses (airfare and lodging) for one faculty member or administrator from an American or Jordanian university, allowing them to visit the other country. Travel Grants can be used to support the following activities:

1.      To facilitate bidirectional travel to develop institutional contacts and potential partnerships, paving the way for future collaborations.

2.      To provide opportunities for delivering training, attending workshops, and coordinating with peers in the U.S. or Jordan. This helps explore further collaboration opportunities, such as student or faculty exchanges and joint programs. Additionally, it enables Jordanian HEIs to adapt U.S. best practices to enhance student employability in the Jordanian private sector.

A new call for travel grant applications will open in October 2024.

2- Partnership Development Grants: (Grants from $5,000 to $8,000 per team)

Partnership Development Grants are provided to cover the travel expenses (airfare and lodging) as well as expenses pertaining to collaborative activities detailed in the proposal for a binational team (Jordanian and American) allowing them to visit the other country. Travel may be to one or the other country, or both, during the grant period, and HEIs may collaborate with other HEIs, INGOs, research centers, governmental institutions, and the private sector. Bilateral travel arrangements may occur during this partnership Development Grant; the U.S. member can travel to Jordan, and the Jordanian member can travel to the U.S. within the same grant. Partnership Development Grants can cover the following types of activities:

1. To support Jordanian university capacity building and training (including in the fields of management capacity, funding, and risk management).

2. To design/implement activities to support campus internationalization.

3. To design and host workshops focusing on curricular enhancement and Jordanian youth employability.

4. Support other initiatives designed to boost bilateral exchange and engagement.

A new call for Partnership Development Grant applications is now open. Please refer to the ‘’How to Apply for Rawabit Grants’’ section below.

Background:

  • In 2016, a team led by the Eurasia Foundation and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Jordan assessed US-Jordan university partnerships. Key findings of the assessment established that there were few sustained partnerships; those that existed were mostly unidirectional (Jordan to US); and there was a weak infrastructure to support existing and potential linkages.
  • As a result of that assessment, the U.S. Embassy in Jordan funded the initial phase of the University Cooperation Network (2018-2021) with two hubs at Virginia Tech and University of Jordan. Under this project, an informal network was established with about ten universities in the U.S. and ten in Jordan.
  • After funding for that project concluded, in 2022 NEA funded the PULSE (Partnerships for University Leadership and Student Engagement) project, with a hub at the University of Jordan, culminating in a July 2022 conference on paths forward and partnership grants. PULSE was the bridge between the original UCN and the new HEN to be housed at the Fulbright Jordan Commission.

Objectives:

  • Institutionalization and formalization of the University Higher Education Network (HEN) to build on current and potential relationships between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the United States and Jordan.
  • Increase capacity within Jordanian HEIs to embrace and adapt U.S. best practices and prepare students for employment in expanding sectors of Jordan’s economy.
  • Enable HEIs in Jordan to offer curricular and co-curricular programs that incorporate the demands of the private sector and workforce needs to prepare students for employment in vital and growing sectors of Jordan’s economy.

How to Apply for Rawabit Grants:

Applications Are Now Open for Rawabit Partnership Development Grants!

Partnership Development Grants are provided to cover the travel expenses (airfare and lodging) as well as expenses pertaining to collaborative activities detailed in the proposal for a binational team (Jordanian and American) allowing them to visit the other country. Travel may be to one or the other country, or both, during the grant period, and HEIs may collaborate with other HEIs, INGOs, research centers, governmental institutions, and the private sector. Bilateral travel arrangements may occur during this partnership Development Grant; the U.S. member can travel to Jordan, and the Jordanian member can travel to the U.S. within the same grant.

We invite qualified college and university-based academics and professionals from the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan who are eligible to apply, with one co-lead from each country. These teams can submit proposals to also collaborate with NGOs, INGOs, research centers, governmental institutions, and/or partners from the private sector.

How to apply: Please download the RFP to learn more about eligibility criteria, instructions, grant focus areas, how to apply, and the application timeline. To access the detailed RFP document, please click here

·      RFP Release Date: June 4, 2024

·      Information Session (optional): Monday, June 24, 5:00 PM Amman Time

·      Information Session (alternate date - optional): Monday, July 15, 5:00 PM Amman Time

·      Proposal Submission Deadline: August 10, 2024

Other Funding/Partnership Opportunities:

Looking for different or longer opportunities? Fulbright Jordan offers a variety of opportunities for Jordanian institutions, scholars, professionals, young educators, and students:

1-     Scholars can apply for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program to conduct collaborative research, build skills and connections through a professional and cultural research experience in the U.S. for a period of stay ranging from 3-9 months.

 

2-     If you are a young educator who has a passion for teaching Arabic in the U.S., the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program allows you to refine your skills and extend your knowledge of U.S. society and culture.

 

3-     If you are a Jordanian student aspiring to experience a cultural educational exchange program while pursuing a graduate degree (master’s degree) please visit this page to learn more about the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.  

 

4-     The Fulbright Specialist Program allows Jordanian institutions to host a U.S. experienced academics and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. This program greatly helps strengthening linkages between the U.S. and Jordan institutions.

Complete the Partnership Tracking Form:

Rawabit travel and partnership development grants may lead to new partnerships, MOUs, and collaborative activities. To truly show the impact of the Rawabit program and to demonstrate its impact for potential future funding, it helps if we are aware of those partnerships that arise subsequent to a Rawabit grant.

Thus, we encourage you to complete the Rawabit Partnerships Tracking Form, which will allow us to track those additional partnerships.

You can access the partnerships tracking form by clicking here.

Additional Guidance:

For any questions you can:

1- Email our team at: rawabit.po@fulbright.org.jo.

2- Call our team at: +962-6-592-2088 or +962-6-592-2188 (EXT. 27)

Disclaimer:

This media product is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Department of State. The contents are the responsibility of the Fulbright Commission in Jordan and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of State or the United States Government.

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