Document Type : Original Article


1 Yarmouk University, Jordan

2 University of Sharjah, UAE


This research studies the various barriers that impede Jordanian female academics’ advancement into leadership positions with a focus on the attainment of internationally funded projects. By examining the case of Yarmouk University in Jordan, the study inspects a new “glass ceiling” which women face in leadership positions and the field of international projects in academic institutions. It investigates the many obstacles that female academics face as applicants, participants, and leaders of internationally funded academic projects. With a focus on the personal and academic experiences of Jordanian female academics from Yarmouk University, the study highlights a number of social, cultural, administrative, academic, and personal barriers that hinder their presence as leaders of international projects. While much has been written about women and leadership in higher education in different parts of the world, the very focus on specific leadership opportunities is still lacking in recent research. Therefore, this study comes to fill a significant gap in research about female leadership in the academe.