2020-2021 Fulbright Faculty Development Program

2020-2021 Fulbright Faculty Development Program


The Faculty Development Program is designed for junior faculty, currently teaching in Georgia. 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.

The submission deadline for the online application is 18:00 (local Georgian time), September 27, 2019.

The Fulbright Scholarship is one of the most exclusive and important scholarships offered by the U.S. Government to Georgian academics. The recruitment of candidates for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is based on an open competition by the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Tbilisi.

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

  • have citizenship of Georgia and permanent residence in the country;
  • be eligible for a 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).

The program offers equal opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, native language, handicap or disability.

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 two and a 1/2-day curriculum development workshop at IIE’s offices in New York City (NYC). All participants arrive in New York on the same day. The workshop provides strategies on how best to develop the curriculum and tools to create course curricula.

After the New York component, grantees depart to their university hosts arranged by IIE’s Academic and Experiential Learning team. While at the university, working with a faculty advisor, grantees have the opportunity to develop field-specific content for their course curricula.

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);
  • 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 ID 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. Hotel arrangements will also be made on behalf of the students.

Grantees receive a monthly stipend for 5 months, as well as standard allowances. 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 will need to fill out the online application for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. This application is used for both the foreign student and faculty development programs.

For the online application and instructions, please click here: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020

If you experience difficulties with the online application form, contact us at TbilisiExchanges@state.gov, with a subject line “2020 Fulbright Faculty Development Program”.