The JFDP was created in 1994 to address the professional and academic development of young promising university faculty in the social sciences and humanities. The JFDP Fellows are among the top up and coming academics in their countries. JFDP affords faculty the opportunity to engage in curricular, pedagogical and scholarly issues that contribute to long range academic reform in their home countries.
To participate in the program, each Fellow must demonstrate the potential for leadership and change at their home institutions, a demonstrated commitment to teaching, a desire to explore new approaches to existing course and course materials, and the ability to serve as an academic and cultural resource to their host universities. Since the majority of JFDP alumni participated in the one-year program and the one-semester model is relatively new, it is essential that applicants understand the changes between the previous 11 month JFDP and the 2009 one semester program. It is still crucial to the success of the Fellows, and the program in general, that participants apply to the program as educators in the broadest sense with expectations realistic to the new one-semester model.
The competition is open to citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Serbia.
To hear about the experiences of former participants of the JFDP program, please visit our JFDP ALUMNI PROFILES section.