Jordanian Fulbright Alumna Receives Global Changemaker Award
Dr. Dajani (second from left) and the other recipients of the Global Changemaker Award

Dr. Rana Dajani, an alumna of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, was one of seven outstanding Fulbright alumni to receive the inaugural Global Changemaker Award, bestowed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in celebration of the Fulbright program's 70th anniversary.  In selecting Dr. Dajani, the IIE noted that she has “become an influential female in the Middle East, as both a scientist and civic leader.” 

Dr. Dajani came to the United States on the Fulbright Program to pursue graduate studies in molecular biology at the University of Iowa, where she received her Ph.D. Currently an assistant professor and former director of the Center of Studies at the Hashemite University in Jordan, she has been recognized for her research focused on genome-wide association studies concerning diabetes and cancer in ethnic populations in Jordan, as well as her advocacy of the theory of biological evolution and its compatibility with Islam.

Dr. Dajani is also well-known for starting “We Love Reading,”  an innovative program that encourages children to read for pleasure by establishing “a library in every neighborhood.” In recognition of We Love Reading, she received the Synergos award for Arab world social innovators in 2009. Also of note, she is a consultant to the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Jordan, is on the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Jordan, and has been appointed a Higher Education Reform Expert by the EU-TEMPUS office, Peace and Security.