Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)

The Government of the United States of America is pleased to announce the that the open competition for the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) for the 2007 spring semester will be announced very soon. The JFDP is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State (ECA). American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, an American non-profit, nongovernmental organization, receives a grant from ECA to administer the JFDP, and oversee each participant's successful completion of the program. The United States Congress annually appropriates funds to finance the JFDP, and authorizes the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to oversee these funds.

If you are a citizen of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, or Turkmenistan, or a resident of
Kosovo, and are teaching full-time in an institution of higher education in your home country, have at least two years of university-level teaching experience, and are highly proficient in English, American
Councils invites you to learn more about the program and apply.


The Junior Faculty Development Program provides university instructors with a semester-long opportunity to expand their knowledge and expertise in their academic field by attending classes and working with faculty members at universities in the United States. Individuals may apply for
fields in the humanities and social sciences.

To qualify for a JFDP Fellowship, an applicant must:

* hold a university degree;

* be currently teaching at an institution of higher education;

* have at least two years of teaching experience at an institution of higher education

* have a mastery of the English language.

The primary and distinct goal of the JFDP is to provide university instructors from the places listed above with training in their academic fields. Participants in the JFDP are also encouraged to forge
relationships between U.S. universities and their home universities, in order to support ongoing contact and collaboration. JFDP Fellows work closely with faculty mentors from host universities in the United States to develop their knowledge in their fields of study, to gather new academic materials and resources, to garner new educational perspectives, and to enlighten U.S. faculty and students on education and life in their home countries. Throughout their stay in the United States, JFDP Fellows observe and listen to courses, attend academic conferences, and may be invited to teach or co-teach classes at a U.S. university. Fellows do not earn academic degrees, credits or transcripts through the JFDP, and must return to their home countries after completing the program.

Each JFDP Fellow will spend a total of five (5) months (January-May 2007) in the United States. American Councils is responsible for placing Fellows at U.S. host universities and for providing logistical support for the Fellows throughout their stay in the United States. The JFDP Fellowship provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, medical insurance, monthly stipends, and a professional
development fund. In addition, ECA and American Councils sponsor events and activities for JFDP alumni after they return to their home countries.

Additional information, including the 2006-2007 calendar, academic field descriptions, a list of frequently asked questions, and information about past program participants and host institutions can be found atthe JFDP website:


In anticipation of the 2006-2007 recruitment season, JFDP applications may now be downloaded as a print version or submitted online at the JFDP website . The downloaded print version of the application must be submitted to the American Councils representative office in the
applicant's country of citizenship by the noted deadline to be eligible for the competition. Online applications must be submitted at the JFDP website by the noted deadline, and printed supporting materials for the online application must also be submitted to the American Councils representative office in the applicant's country of citizenship by the noted deadline to be eligible for the
competition. For questions about the program or application process, write to JFDP@americancouncils.org or contact your local American Councils representative office to speak with someone about this exciting educational opportunity. Find your local American Councils representative office here: . Official recruitment for JFDP is scheduled to begin late July 2006. At that time printed applications will be available at American Councils offices in
participating countries.

Application Deadline: 25 September, 2006

Dr. Oliver Janevski, DVM
Hub Coordinator
American Councils for International Education
Hristo Smirnenski 54/1-1, Skopje Macedonia
tel/fax: +389 2 32 46 758; +389 70 762 555

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