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Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)

Deadline: 21.08.2009.

Scholarship administrator: Institut za razvoj obrazovanja
Level: postdoctoral, short course, professional visit, stucni studij
Field of study: Social Sciences, Humanities
Place of study: United States of America


2009-2010 Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)

The Institute for the Development of Education on behalf of American Councils for International Education, and in cooperation with the US Embassy in Zagreb, Public Affairs Section, is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The JFDP provides university lecturers with a semester-long opportunity (5 months) to expand their knowledge and expertise in their academic field by attending classes and working with faculty members at universities in the United States. Finalists will depart for the United States in January 2010 and return to their home countries in May 2010.

Individuals may apply for fields in the humanities and social sciences only (list of possible fields of study can be found in the document “Fields of Study” below).

Program description:

The primary and distinct goal of the JFDP is to provide university instructors with opportunities to engage in curriculum development and explore alternative teaching methodologies, expand their knowledge in their fields of study and gather new teaching materials and resources. 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, gather new academic materials and resources, garner new educational perspectives, and 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.

Basic requirements:

  • Croatian citizenship and permanent residency in Croatia
  • Teaching full-time in an institution of higher education in Croatia
  • Minimum 2 years of full-time university-level teaching experience (at the time of application)
  • High proficiency in English

Not eligible: individuals who have participated in a program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government since August 2007 for a period of more than six weeks.

The JFDP will provide for payment of academic fees, a monthly stipend for living expenses adequate to support one person, professional development money to purchase materials and attend professional conferences, medical insurance, and a round-trip air fare from home city to host university.

Application deadline:

Applications are due in the office of the Institute for the Development of Education by 17:00 hours on Friday, August 21, 2009, at the following address:

Institute for the Development of Education
Preradovićeva 33/I
10000 Zagreb

Incorrect or incomplete applications will not be accepted, nor will applications received after the above deadline.

Application forms and additional information:

Application forms and additional instructions are available below. For further information and advice, please contact the Institute for the Development of Education (iro@iro.hr; telephone: +385-1-4817-195).

Additional information about the program can also be found on the web site www.jfdp.org.



1. JFDP 2010 Application Form (404 kb)
2. Fields of Study (75 kb)
3. Recommendation form (111 kb)
4. CV template (32 kb)
5. Frequently Asked Questions (49 kb)


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