Fulbright Faculty Development Program

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program in the United States Competition for the 2019-2020 Academic Year Is Now Closed

The Faculty Development Program model is designed for junior faculty, currently teaching in their home country. Applicants should intend to return to their position at their home institution upon completion of the program, continue their teaching responsibilities, and apply newly gained knowledge and experience. The goal of the program model is to introduce participants to best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development in the U.S., and provide them with concrete strategies on how to develop curriculum for a course, including an overview of academic and research resources. During the program, fellows will be expected to research and develop a course description, syllabus and outline specific teaching strategies for their proposed course.

Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing.

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2018

This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Kosovo.

To qualify for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program, an applicant must:

  • have citizenship of the Republic of Kosovo and permanent residence in the country
  • be eligible for a U.S. J-1 visa (with two-year home-country residence requirement)
  • 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 by the time of application;
  • demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English (selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL test)

Candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, status as a parent, protected genetic information, or sexual orientation.

One of the important components of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. university.  In many cases, applicants are in contact with colleagues at U.S. institutions and have made preliminary plans for their own placements by securing a letter of invitation from the prospective host institution.  When determining which institutions to contact, do not limit yourself to the most well-known U.S. universities.  Though many U.S. institutions may not have an international reputation, they often do have appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research.  Scholars placed in these smaller and lesser-known institutions often are given greater attention than their colleagues who are affiliated with larger and more well-known universities.

For your reference and some background, the Faculty Development program is structured as a 5-month grant, beginning in the middle of August, and ending in the middle of January. The program begins with a 2 and a 1/2-day curriculum development workshop at IIE’s offices in New York City. All participants arrive in New York on the same day. The workshop provides strategies on how best to develop curriculum and tools to create course curricula.

After the New York component, grantees depart to their university hosts arranged by the placement team. While at the university, working with a faculty advisor, grantees have the opportunity to develop field-specific content for their course curricula. The university affiliation would also need to be organized to fit with the dates stipulated by the program, to ensure that grantees are able to attend both workshops in NYC.

As part of their university research affiliations, grantees receive a certain number of privileges. Since each university affiliation will vary, each grantee may receive different benefits. For example, some privileges may include:

  • Permission to observe classes (non-credit) – Specific to the FFDP program.
  • Access to appropriate laboratories
  • Accounts for computer facilities
  • Access to health services
  • Access to recreational facilities (for a fee)
  • Borrowing privileges at university libraries
  • Office space
  • Shared workspace
  • A university I.D. card
  • On-campus housing
  • Off-campus housing help

Upon completion of the research affiliation at the host university, grantees will return to New York City in early January for a 2-day workshop where grantees will be expected to present their course overview, share syllabi and discuss best practices learned through the program. This closing workshop is also led by the same professor from Montclair State University.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, medical insurance, a monthly stipend, and funds for professional development.  Because the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a non-degree program, Fellows are not permitted to receive transcripts, grades or credit.

Please note: Applicants for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in Kosovo will need to fill out the online application for Fulbright Foreign Student Program. This application is used for both the foreign student and faculty development programs.
Completed applications should be submitted by November 1, 2018

For the online application and instructions, please click here: https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp

For additional information, please contact:

Remzije Potoku
Cultural Affairs Assistant-Education
Public Affairs Office
E-mail: KosovoEdExchanges@state.gov
Phone: +383 38 5959 3749