CBRL-British Institute Amman

The British Institute in Amman is an international research institute in Jordan.

We have been at the centre of British research and scholarly life in Amman for decades. In addition, since 1998 we have been part of the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), a wider regional network that engages all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. We are registered as a charity in the UK and with the Ministry of Culture in Jordan.

The Institute began in the 1970s as an archaeological field station for visiting researchers. It was officially registered as one of the British Academy’s sponsored institutes in 1978 under the name of British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History (BIAAH).

Our patron is HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal. Since 2009 we have held formal ties with the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), founded by HRH Prince Hassan to promote academic, scientific and technological activities related to education and training in Jordan.

What we do

We are a scholarly community offering facilities, support and advice to visiting and local researchers, and provide a venue for thought, critical reflection and the exchange of knowledge. We facilitate access to broader academic communities in Jordan and beyond through our well-established networks.

Research carried out at the Institute is varied, ranging from the study of Jordan’s Neolithic heritage, aerial archaeology, linguistics, food anthropology, forced migration, the many aspects of Jordan’s rapid development, and the history and current impacts of local and international politics.

Our activities and facilities include

  • Events – lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, short courses, and capacity-building initiatives
  • A library which is open for public use, including an extensive map and rare books collection and access to online resources
  • Research facilities, including quiet places to think and write with free internet access
  • An annual scholarship competition for Arabic language training in partnership with the Qasid Language Institute

And for CBRL members

  • Accommodation for visiting researchers
  • Field equipment for research, including 4 x 4 vehicles, camping, survey, and excavation equipment
  • A spacious laboratory containing reference collections for archaeology, zoology, and botany
  • CBRL publications, including the CBRL Bulletin, Levant, and the new journal, Contemporary Levant
  • Access to grants awarded on a competitive basis and managed through CBRL’s London office

Become a member 

How you can get involved

  • Contribute to our blog
  • Visit us and be a part of our extended community
  • Donate to our library – book donations and cash gifts of any size welcomed
  • Volunteer your skills and experience
  • Host an event with us
  • Work with us on a local capacity-building initiative