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Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development in Jordan

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This Newton-Khalidi funding call is for collaborative UK-Jordan research projects exploring the role of cultural heritage in delivering sustainable economic growth and social welfare in Jordan.

This call is delivered in the context of growing international concerns about the threats that modern society poses to cultural heritage. This heritage is essential in enabling societies to connect with their histories and traditions and as a driver of growth, employment and prosperity. There is also an urgent need to enhance understandings about the role of culture (languages, histories, the arts etc) in building social cohesion. Jordan has a rich cultural heritage and is home to some of the world’s most significant archaeological sites. It also faces significant contemporary challenges, including the integration of large refugee populations.

The call has been developed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK (AHRC) with support from the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. It has also been informed by a scoping workshop (PDF, 128KB) which took place at the Jordan Museum, Amman in June.

Funding of up to £250,000 (full economic cost) on the UK side, plus matched resource from Jordanian partners, is available for projects of 24-36 months duration. Projects are required to address one or more of the following thematic areas:

  • Re-writing the history of Jordan through script analysis, historical documents and archaeological discoveries
  • Digitisation and the use of technology in the interpretation, presentation and restoration of cultural heritage
  • Cultural heritage and sustainable growth
  • Museums and community engagement

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 08/11/2018

Call Status Date
Application form available in Je-S w/c 17th September 2018
Deadline for submissions (AHRC) 8th November 2018
Panel meeting date w/c 10th December 2018
Funding decisions to be issued No later than 5th January 2019
Start date of awards No later than 1st February 2019

How to make an application

Please read the guidance below for full information about this call:

Download - Newton Khalidi Fund Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development in Jordan (694KB)

Applications must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16.00 on 8th November 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please note that the Je-S form for this call will be available from w/c 17th September 2018. In order to support preparations prior to this date, a sample pdf version is available here. This is simply to provide an example of the information that will be required when completing the application process, it cannot be used to submit an application.

Further Information

Awards will be funded through the Newton-Khalidi Fund – a programme that aims to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and partnering countries. 


Applications for grants must be made jointly by researchers in the UK and Jordan who fulfil the eligibility criteria. UK applicants must meet standard AHRC eligibility requirements, as detailed in section three of our Research Funding Guide. Applications submitted under this scheme will also need to meet the requirements of Official Development Assistance, including submission of an ODA Compliance Statement.


For further information please call 01793 41 6060 or email

For queries on using Je-S such as creating and submitting the application form or Je-S account creation, please contact the Je-S Helpdesk, tel: 01793 444164, email:

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