The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State (ECA) and administered by the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS. The United States Congress annually appropriates funds to finance the JFDP, and authorizes the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to oversee these funds. The primary and distinct goal of the JFDP is to provide university instructors with training in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Participants in the JFDP are also encouraged to forge relationships between U.S. universities and their home university, in order to support ongoing contact and collaboration. JFDP fellows will:
- engage in curriculum development and explore alternative teaching methodologies,
- expand their knowledge in their fields of study, and gather new teaching materials and resources.
Throughout their stay in the United States, JFDP Fellows observe courses, attend academic conferences, and work closely with faculty mentors from U.S. host universities to outline new courses and may be invited to present a lecture or co-teach classes at a U.S. university. Fellows do not earn academic degrees 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 2013) 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 professional development funds. In addition, ECA and American Councils sponsor events and activities for JFDP alumni after they return to their home countries.