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Fulbright Faculty Development Program
July 14, 2023

Fulbright Faculty Development Program

Competition for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Application Deadline: September 03, 2023


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)


The program offers equal opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate based on 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 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 or Washington, DC 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.

Completed applications must include:

  • Online application at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2024  
  • Two (2) 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.

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 graduate study and faculty development programs.

Completed applications should be submitted by September 03, 2023.


For the online application and instructions, please click here:


Tips for FFDP application: Statement of Purpose and Research Objectives essays


Application Deadline: September 03, 2023

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