Professional Development Non-degree Programs

The Embassy of the United States in Azerbaijan is pleased to announce the Fulbright Non-Degree Visiting Researcher Program for Doctoral Students competition for the 2023-2024 academic year. This program enables Azerbaijani active PhD students to conduct one academic year of guided thesis research at an American university. Grants last 6 to 9 months, and PhD students from any field can apply.

Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition. This prestigious award covers tuition and fees at a U.S. university, a monthly living stipend, health insurance, and international airfare.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and/or be permanent resident qualified to hold a valid Azerbaijani passport. Permanent U.S. residents and persons with dual (Azerbaijan and U.S.) citizenship are ineligible. Applicants must reside in Azerbaijan.
  • Applicants must hold at least a master’s degree and must be enrolled in a PhD program at an Azerbaijani university.
  • Applicants must be proficient in oral and written English (selected candidates will take TOEFL test during the selection process).
  • Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa, which requires the grantee return to Azerbaijan for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.
  • Applicants already studying in the U.S. are ineligible for a Fulbright grant.

General Selection Criteria

  • Academic credentials
  • Significance and feasibility of the proposed research
  • Utility of undertaking the project in the United States
  • Plans for sharing the research findings
  • Adaptability and personal suitability
  • Preference is given to applicants who have not had a prior opportunity to study in the United States.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

Selection Procedures

  • Applications are subject to pre-screening.
  • Applicants recommended by reviewers are invited for an interview conducted in person in English by a selection committee comprised of Embassy representatives, U.S. and Azerbaijani scholars, and Fulbright alumni.
  • Nominees are subject to final approval by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

How to apply:

Completed applications must include:

  • Online application at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2023 [ instructions for completing the application can be found here ];
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference (can be submitted online by instructors, professors or work supervisors);
  • Detailed project statements of proposed activity for research/lecturing in the U.S.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (resume)
  • Academic transcripts/diplomas (certified translation into English or verified copies of original academic transcript and degree certificate – scanned and attached to the application);
  • Official English translation of certificate for the current academic status (scanned and attached to the application);
  • Valid results from the U.S. standardized test – TOEFL – if the applicant has taken this test in the past two years. Please note that Embassy organize the taking of the required tests for the selected candidates; and
  • Letter of invitation from a preferred U.S. host Institution (if available)
  • Copy of passport.

Please scan all the above-mentioned documents and upload to your online application.

Please note that all items should be translated into English.

Nominated candidates will have to submit a copy of their original academic transcript bearing all official, notarized stamps to U.S. Embassy Baku.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2022 (11:59 pm)
Link to the application: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2023

 

Any application submitted to the United States or elsewhere, separate from the official system noted above, will not be considered.

For additional information about the Fulbright Scholarship, please, attend an in-person info session at Baku American Center on May 5th at 7 pm at Baku American Center, Azerbaijan University of Languages (Rashid Behbudov, 134) or email to bakuEducation@state.gov

 

The U.S. Embassy in Baku is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright Visiting Scholars Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic years.

About the program

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States. It provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions. The length of proposed lecture/research projects should not exceed 6 months and be less than 3 months.

The selection of candidates for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program is carried out by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy based on an open competition.

Who can apply?

Researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions, government and non-government structures who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States are eligible to participate in this program.

! Candidates should have little or no prior experience in the United States !

The interested candidates also must:

  • be citizens of Azerbaijan or
    permanent residents qualified to hold a valid Azerbaijani passport;
  • Currently work and reside in Azerbaijan
  • hold a Ph.D. in the following fields or complete Ph.D. degree before summer 2022
  • be proficient in oral and written English
  • receive a satisfactory medical clearance

Which fields are eligible?

  • Agriculture
  • American Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Information Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public/Global Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Urban Planning
  • Other

Program Funding

The program is fully sponsored by the US Department of State and provides the following items during the grant period:

  • International airfare cost for return ticket;
  • Monthly stipend for the whole grant period;
  • Professional allowance;
  • Settling-in allowance;
  • Accompanying dependent monthly allowance;
  • Health insurance

How to Apply:

Interested applicants who meet the criteria as outlined above should complete an online application at:

https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2022/

 

Deadline: November 25 (11:59pm), 2021

Online Application Includes the Following:

  • Detailed project statements of proposed activity for research/lecturing in the U.S.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (resume)
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
  • Letter of invitation from a preferred U.S. host Institution (if available)
  • Copy of Doctoral Degree
  • Copy of passport

For more information please contact our Education Specialist Ramina Murshudova:
Address: 111, Azadlig street, Baku
E-mail: bakuEducation@state.gov

2022-2023 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational and professional experience, academic training, and leadership. Final selection of Fulbright TEA Program teachers is made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.

Program Components

Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:

  1. Take part in tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university.
  2. Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
  3. Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
  4. Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States.
    Upon returning home, teachers will share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and communities.

U.S. Embassy will select two finalists from Azerbaijan to participate in the program. Preference will be given to applicants teaching in the regions, however everyone is welcome to apply.

University Coursework:

Weekly Seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The Fulbright TEA Program provides academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.
U.S. School Placements: The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.
Online Professional Learning Community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years of experience of full-time teaching by the start of program, with a
    preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time experience
  • Demonstrated oral and written English language proficiency
  • Citizen and resident of Azerbaijan
  • Other requirements as indicated in the application

Non-eligible candidates

Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible. Teachers working at local private schools are ineligible to apply.

APPLY HERE:

https://fulbright.irex.org/

Country Application deadline:
March 1, 2022

 

Program Dates: Spring 2023

November-December 2022: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Spring 2023 teachers.
Late January-mid March 2023: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Fall 2023
June-July 2023: Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Fall 2023 teachers.
September-late October 2023: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States. What the Program Covers / Logistical Information

Travel: IREX will make international travel arrangements and provide all teachers with an international airline ticket and a travel allowance to cover the cost of checked bags and incidental expenses. Fulbright teachers will also be reimbursed for round-trip travel expenses between their home city and the point of departure for the United States; however, participants (or U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions) are responsible for making these domestic travel arrangements to and from the international airport.
You must arrive in the United States on the start date of the Fulbright TEA Program and return home at the conclusion of the Fellowship. Any personal travel during the program must be approved by IREX. You may not miss any program activities for personal travel or visits (including, but not limited to, courses, workshops, field experience, cultural and civic activities). You may not travel outside of the United States. If you do plan to travel within the United States, you are responsible for all related expenses and travel arrangements and must seek prior approval from IREX and your host university at least two weeks in advance by completing the U.S. Travel Authorization Form

Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing in rooms arranged for them by the university. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.

Maintenance Allowances: Each Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, and cultural and other activities. Included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services.

Fulbright Program Partner Information

For more information, contact the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan via email: bakueducation@state.gov or join the info session on February Contact information is on the program website at www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org.

APPLY HERE:

https://fulbright.irex.org/

Country Application deadline:
March 1, 2022

How to Apply

https://www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org/

Online Application Guide for Applicants
Program Announcement
Program Information

Program Presentation

 

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program Media Literacy Cohort is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

The 2023 program will mark the twenty-fifth year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program), the fifth year the program will be known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, and the fourth year to offer the Media Literacy Cohorts.

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program Media Literacy Cohort based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership, and professional experience. Final selection of Fulbright TEA Program Media Literacy Cohort teachers is made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.

Program Components

Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program Media Literacy Cohort will:

  1. Take part in advanced tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university.
  2. Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
  3. Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
  4. Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.

U.S. Embassy will select two finalists from Azerbaijan to participate in the Fulbright TEA ML program.  Preference will be given to applicants teaching in the regions, however everyone is welcome to apply.

University Coursework:

Weekly Seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The Fulbright TEA Program provides academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers. The Media Literacy Cohorts will offer additional academic seminars and content- specific coursework with a focus on media literacy, recognizing bias/propaganda, stereotypes, and misinformation; strategies for improving students’ critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills; how media literacy promotes civic engagement / the role of media in society; and fostering cyber safety and digital citizenship in the classroom. Please note that the program is designed to accommodate participants with an interest in the topic of media literacy but with minimal experience, as well as those more versed in the field.

U.S. School Placements: The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher of English, social studies, history, civics, communications, journalism, math, or science in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

Online Professional Learning Community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

What is the profile of the ideal Fulbright TEA Media Literacy candidate?

Successful Fulbright TEA Media Literacy candidates are current, full-time secondary school teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), home country language and literature, social studies, civics, history, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, math, or science at institutions serving primarily a local population.

Candidates should have experience or demonstrated interest in the field of media literacy and critical thinking.

Candidates must have a minimum of three years teaching experience by the start of the program with a preference for those who have completed five years of full-time teaching. Pre-service practicum years should not be included in the three-year minimum. Candidates should be planning to continue working in secondary education for at least five years after the conclusion of the program.

Candidates should be educators who demonstrate strong leadership or leadership potential and the ability to function well in an intensive and collaborative learning environment with teachers from around the world.

Candidates should be able to live and work closely with people from a variety of backgrounds and interact in a culturally sensitive way with students (minors) and colleagues in U.S. secondary schools. Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Are members of or who work with students from under-served communities or traditionally underrepresented groups including but not limited to women, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, and the LGBTI community.
  • Have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S.
  • Have not previously received a Fulbright teacher grant.
  • Have not had substantial recent experience in the U.S., including study, teaching, research or employment for a period totaling more than 9 months during the past five years.

APPLY HERE:

https://fulbright.irex.org/

Country Application deadline:
March 1, 2022

 

Online Application Guide for Applicants
Program Announcement
Program Information
Program Presentation

 

Program Dates

Spring 2023

November-December 2022: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Spring 2023 teachers.

Late January-mid March 2023: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Fall 2023

July-August 2023: Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Fall 2023 teachers.

September-late October 2023: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

What the Program Covers / Logistical Information

Travel: IREX will make international travel arrangements and provide all teachers with an international airline ticket and a travel allowance to cover the cost of checked bags and incidental expenses. Fulbright teachers will also be reimbursed for round-trip travel expenses between their home city and the point of departure for the United States; however, participants (or U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions) are responsible for making these domestic travel arrangements to and from the international airport.

You must arrive in the United States on the start date of the Fulbright TEA Program and return home at the conclusion of the Fellowship. Any personal travel during the program must be approved by IREX. You may not miss any program activities for personal travel or visits (including, but not limited to, courses, workshops, field experience, cultural and civic activities). You may not travel outside of the United States. If you do plan to travel within the United States, you are responsible for all related expenses and travel arrangements and must seek prior approval from IREX and your host university at least two weeks in advance by completing the U.S. Travel Authorization Form

Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing in single rooms arranged for them by the university. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.

Maintenance Allowances: Each Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, and cultural and other activities. Included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services.

Fulbright Program Partner Information

For more information, contact the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your home country. Contact information is on the program website at www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program in the United States Competition for the 2022-2023 Academic Year Is Now Open

Application Deadline: October 21, 2021

 

The Faculty Development Program model is designed for junior faculty, currently teaching in their home country. 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.

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

  • have citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan and/or be permanent resident qualified to hold a valid Azerbaijani passport
  • 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)
  • FFDP applicants may be pursuing PhD degree but should not have received prior to the selection stage.  PhD holders are not eligible for the program.

    Note: Candidates with no or very limited experience in the United States will be given preference in the selection process.

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.

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.

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 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 or Washington, DC. The workshop provides strategies on how best to develop curriculum and tools to create course curricula.

After the New York/Washington DC 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. 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.

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 Fulbright Faculty Development 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 work space
  • 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. 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 in Azerbaijan will need to fill out the online application for Fulbright Foreign Student Program and mark purpose of application: Visiting Student Researcher. 

This application is used for both the foreign student and faculty development programs.

Completed applications should be submitted by October 21, 2021

For the online application and instructions, please click here

https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022/

 

For additional information, please contact:
Ramina Murshudova,
Education Specialist
bakueducation@state.gov

Deadline: June 13, 2022

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange, enhances leadership among international professionals who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for our collective good. Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable lands, and develop thriving communities. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. higher education, society, culture, and professional organizations, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. The program provides posts with individualized opportunities to advance Mission priorities across sections through targeted recruitment and development of leaders who are working in areas that align and advance U.S. foreign policy goals.

Goals:

  • The Humphrey Fellowship Program aims to establish and enhance long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between U.S. citizens and individuals from other parts of the world;
  • Develop leaders whose knowledge and skills have been informed by exposure to American values, models and ideas – leaders who will have a multiplier effect on their societies;
  • Expand and improve the range of international exchange and training programs; and
  • Increase U.S. citizens’ knowledge and understanding of international issues and of other cultures and societies.

Key statistics:

  • 61 percent of Humphrey alumni return home and work in government in some capacity. Others are leaders in their fields driving policy, introducing new best practices and implementing innovative management methods into their organizations.
  • 46 percent of alumni have developed national policies, created national programs, served as national trainers, and advised government officials on legislation in their home countries

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of professionals who will make contributions to their communities as well as their professional fields.

Humphrey Fellowship nominees should:

  • be individuals working in either the public or private sector with demonstrated leadership ability and a demonstrated commitment to public service;
  • be at a point in their careers to fully benefit from this professional development program;
  • understand that the program is non-degree granting;
  • be aware that they cannot transfer to degree status in any program, and therefore will not be able to become degree candidates after arriving in the United States; and
  • realize that they have a commitment to return home after the Fellowship for at least two years to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired to assist their communities and their country

Field of Study:

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Rights and Freedoms:

  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (see 4b)
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

 

Applications must contain:

  • Complete answers to all questions; essay responses in English must thoroughly address the prompt.
  • Two letters of reference in English; one must be from the applicant’s current employer.
  • Official transcripts in English: Ensure all transcripts uploaded by the applicant are official, valid documents. Transcripts must list courses taken and grades received. Diplomas need only be uploaded if the transcript does not show proof that the degree was obtained.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Humphrey Fellowship.

Individuals must have a first university degree

  • Individuals must have at least five years of full-time professional experience beyond attainment of a first university/undergraduate degree, and prior to August 2023
  • Individuals must hold a passport of the country nominating them

Ineligible candidates include:

  • Recent undergraduate university graduates (even if they have significant positions);
  • University teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language);
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2023;
  • Individuals with U.S. in-country experience of any kind lasting more than six months during the five years prior to August 2023; and
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program as they are ineligible for a J visa.

Previous experience in the United States is not necessarily a disqualifying factor provided the number of years spent in the United States has not been substantial (more than three years), and the candidate has been back in their home country and employed at a level of professional responsibility for at least four years.

Language Proficiency Candidates are expected to be proficient in English as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Candidates with insufficient TOEFL or IELTS scores may be brought to the United States for English language training prior to beginning the program at their host university. Currently, two opportunities for English training in the United States are available to prepare Fellows to participate in the academic year Humphrey Fellowship: 1) Long-Term English (LTE) language training is an intensive 16-week program; and 2) Pre-Academic English (Pre-Ac) language training is an intensive eight-week course. English language training participants will train together in groups at different campuses and then transfer to their academic-year host campuses after completing LTE or Pre-Ac.

APPLICATION

 https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Complete applications including uploaded transcripts and recommendation letters must be received by 11:59 p.m., June  13 , 2022.
Applications received after that time will not be considered.

For comprehensive information about the program please visit The Humphrey Fellowship Program’s official website at http://humphreyfellowship.org/  and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HumphreyFellowship  ; or our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/user/HumphreyFellowship and LinkedInto see videos of Fellows and alumni discussing their Humphrey Programs.

For additional information on the program, please, refer to Humphrey FAQ below and attend HHH program Info session at Baku American Center on May 17th at 18:30.  For additional questions, please, email to Bakueducation@state.gov.

 

Q: Is the Humphrey Program a degree-granting program?

A: The Humphrey Program is a non-degree program. Participants may complete academic coursework at their host university to update their academic and professional knowledge in their field, but they do not receive an academic degree as a result of their participation in the Program.

Q: I worked part-time in a professional position while I was in graduate school. Does that qualify me for the Humphrey Fellowship Program?

A: Candidates for the Humphrey Program should have at least five years of full-time experience in their professional field and should be at a point in their careers to fully benefit from this mid-career program. Candidates with only part-time work experience will not be eligible.

Q: If I’m selected, what are the time demands of the Program?

A: The Humphrey Program is quite rigorous and life as a Humphrey Fellow does not resemble that of a graduate student with regular hours and a predictable schedule. There are many activities required of Humphrey Fellows as part of the Program. Fellows go on field trips, attend a weekly Humphrey Seminar, as well as other conferences and networking meetings, and may spend long hours each day in classes and involved in campus and community activities, in addition to spending time with other members of the group on campus. Fellows also travel away from their host campus as part of the Program, spending two weeks in Washington, DC for national program events. Fellows may also attend workshops and conferences in other parts of the country at various times throughout the year

Q: May I bring my family with me?

A: Fellows may choose to apply to have their family join them shortly after they have arrived in the U.S. Careful consideration should be given to bringing one’s family, however, as the Humphrey Program is very demanding, and Fellows spend considerable time away from their host campus. The Humphrey Program also does not provide an additional maintenance allowance for dependents. Fellows must show proof of financial support, adequate insurance coverage for their dependents that meets U.S. State Department requirements, and child care plans before they may be approved to apply for J-2 visa(s) for their dependents. Not all countries permit Humphrey Fellows to bring their dependents during their Fellowship year. Please check with the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission for country-specific policies.

Q: May I choose the university I will go to?

A: Fellows are not able to choose which university they will attend. Rather, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.

Q: What does the Fellowship stipend cover?

A: The Fellowship provides for:

  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance
  • Accident and sickness coverage
  • A book allowance
  • A one-time computer subsidy
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events)
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences

Q: Do I have to provide my IELTS/TOEFL certificate in order to apply?

It is not necessary, however, if you already have taken an exam and received your certificate you can add it to your application before the deadline. However, only short-listed candidates will be required to take the official TOEFL and GRE tests which will be funded by the U.S. Embassy Baku in October-November.

Q: Can I provide IELTS certificate instead of TOEFL?

A: Yes, you can. The minimum requirement for IELTS is 7.0 and higher.

Q: I am currently residing in Azerbaijan, but I am citizen of another country. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: No, in order to apply you have to both hold citizenship of Azerbaijan and reside in Azerbaijan.

Q: I am citizen of Azerbaijan but residing in another country. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: No, in order to apply you have to both hold citizenship of Azerbaijan and reside in Azerbaijan currently.

Q: May I provide recommendation letters later than the deadline?

A: No, the recommenders have to provide letters of recommendation no later than the application deadline.

Q: My recommender does not speak English. Can recommendation letters be in another language?

A: No, your recommenders will be required to visit website and fulfill recommendation form in English.

Q: I have finished university long ago. Can I provide all three recommendation letters from employers?

A: One of recommendation letters has to be academic, not depending on graduation year.

Q: I am currently involved in getting Master’s degree. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Yes, if you are studying in one of Azerbaijan universities. Foreign universities (except US) students are also eligible, however we prefer to give chance to those students, who have less academic experience abroad.

Q: I am 4th year Bachelor’s degree student and have two years of working experience. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: In order to apply, you need to graduate from university and have a least 5 years of consecutive full-time work experience in the field you want to apply to.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States at academic institutions abroad.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2022.  Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.  The website address is: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars comprise the following themes in U.S. Studies: American Culture and Values; Journalism and Media; Religious Pluralism in the United States; U.S. Economics and Business; U.S. Foreign Policy; and Workforce Development.

INSTITUTE THEMES

  • The Institute on American Culture and Values will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history.  The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of American culture and society.  The University of Montana (UM) in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program; New York University in New York, NY will conduct and host the Institute.
  • The Institute on Journalism and Mediawill provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the role that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  The Institute will examine the role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation.  Additionally, the Institute will examine best practices in journalism by discussing the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism.  In addition, the Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, critical thinking, reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology in journalism, including the influence of the Internet, globalization of the news media, and other changes that are transforming the profession.  The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program; Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ will conduct and host the Institute.
  • The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States will provide a multinational group of up to 18 experienced foreign university faculty, scholars, researchers and religious leaders with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy.  The program will include a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, including religious groups; an exploration of the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; an examination of the ways in which religious thought and practice have modified and have been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; and discussions on the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy.  Participants will have opportunities to meet U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups.  The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, MA will oversee and administer this program; Seattle University in Seattle, WA will conduct and host the Institute.
  • The Institute on S. Economics and Business will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty, researchers, experts and policymakers with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy.  Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program will explore various topics of socioeconomics; how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support sustainable economic development and growth; and increasing diverse and equitable employment through institutional regulation, social inclusion strategies, and private and public policies.  Throughout the Institute, participants will engage in a case study involving the fishing industry, which will examine the interplay of climate change, U.S. business innovation, corporate regulation, entrepreneurship, and economic theory.  Participants will have opportunities to learn about key institutions and stakeholders in the U.S. economy and meet with a diverse range of business leaders and small business owners, among others.  A symposium where scholars will present their own research and scholarly practices will allow for robust discussion and an exchange of diverse perspectives.  The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, MA will conduct and host the Institute in Boston, MA.
  • The Institute on S. Foreign Policy will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  The Institute will explain the role of key influences on U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.  The program will also examine the current U.S. foreign policymaking landscape and recent trends that are shaping policy.  The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program; the University of Delaware will conduct and host the Institute in Newark, DE.
  • The Institute on Workforce Development will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how recent socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States.  The academic program will include a thorough discussion of the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries including business, technology, science, the creative arts, and emerging fields.  The Institute will offer opportunities for participants to research new ideas, in conjunction with American peers, to better understand the evolution of work, the changing demand for skills, and the advancements in workforce development through retraining and reskilling.  The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will conduct and host this Institute.

 

Who can apply?

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research-focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.)  While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.

Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.  While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect from their participation in the Institute is equally important.  Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience living or visiting in the United States.

As noted above, candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  Institutes are rigorous and demanding academic programs conducted entirely in English.  Participants will be expected to read and comprehend substantial written materials and assignments in English and to participate in all seminar and panel discussions fully and actively.  English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, for participants as individuals and to foster a cohesive and interactive group.

Program Funding

Through awards given to the Institute of Training and Development (ITD) and the University of Montana (UM), ECA will cover all participant costs, including program administration; travel allowances, domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence, as well as arrange and pay for participants’ international and visa travel costs and travel allowances within set limits and in coordination with posts and Fulbright commissions.  If the program is conducted virtually, ECA will work with ITD and UM to provide a technology stipend to all participants.

Program Requirements and Restrictions

All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Candidates should be made aware that they are applying for an intensive program and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.  Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program.  Please note that Institute curriculum will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods.  If the program is conducted virtually, the same participation requirements apply.

Virtual Program Contingency

Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the SUSI will pivot to a virtual format.  The virtual program will consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming and will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming will include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home location outside the United States.

Application Deadline:
January 9, 2022

Link to application:

https://forms.gle/NGZcvBcmhV4aVe5k7

 

Based on application review and interviews, U.S. Embassy will select and nominate one candidate for each Institute from Azerbaijan.

Program dates in the U.S: June-August 2022

Please, send your updated resume with the subject “SUSI for Scholars 2020” and your name to BakuEducation@state.gov

For additional information, please, email to Bakueducation@state.gov

 

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (SUSIs) will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.  The Institutes focus on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others.

Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined.  The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. university and college campuses and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities.  One-week study tours to a different region will complement the academic residencies and showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.  The program features curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society.  A key cultural component of the program involves community service activities, which will provide participants with a first-hand experience of how volunteerism plays a vital role in U.S. civil society.  The program will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop.

The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer the three SUSIs for Secondary Educators and will conduct one Institute for teachers which will explore American studies through the lens of democracy and citizenship.  The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts will conduct the second Institute for teachers which will explore the ways in which individual rights and social obligations have evolved through American history.  California State University at Chico will conduct the Institute for Administrators and will focus on sociocultural understanding, equitable learning communities, and diversity and inclusion in U.S. education and society.

Program Funding

Through a Cooperative Agreement to the University of Montana (UM), ECA will cover all participant costs, including program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence, as well as arrange and pay for participants’ international and visa travel costs and travel allowances within set limits and in coordination with posts and Fulbright commissions.  If the program is conducted virtually, ECA will work with UM to provide a technology stipend to participants.

Program Requirements and Restrictions

All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Candidates should be made aware that they are applying for an intensive program and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.  Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program.  Please note that Institute curriculum will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods.  If the program is conducted virtually, the same participation requirements apply.  Please make these requirements clear to all nominees.

English Language Ability

All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.  Host institutions will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of participants may vary and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for participants whose English is their second or third language.

Virtual Program Contingency

Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the SUSI will pivot to a virtual format.  The virtual program will consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming and will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming will include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home location outside the United States.

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are highly competitive.  Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.  In addition, ECA/A/E/USS makes every effort to have both a geographic and gender balance in the makeup of the Institutes.

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced secondary school teachers and administrators.

Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.  While the nominee’s educational and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect from their participation in the Institute is equally important.  Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience living or visiting in the United States.

As noted above, candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  Institutes are rigorous and demanding academic programs conducted entirely in English.  Participants will be expected to read and comprehend substantial written materials and assignments in English and to participate in all seminar and panel discussions fully and actively.  English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, for participants as individuals and to foster a cohesive and interactive group.

Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program.  It is important that posts and commissions nominate individuals who are likely to be comfortable with campus life and an active program schedule.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are not eligible for these programs.

Selected participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program. This is an intensive Institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. The Institute is not a research program.

Based on application review and interviews, U.S. Embassy will select and nominate one candidate per Institute from Azerbaijan to compete globally.

 

Deadline:
January 9, 2022

Application Link
https://forms.gle/Jf3TaksRVYz4c8y96

 

Program dates in the U.S: June-August 2022

 

Please, send your update resume with the subject “SUSI for Secondary Educators/Administrators 2022” to BakuEducation@state.gov
For additional information, please, email to Bakueducation@state.gov.