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Participant Inquiry Form

Applications for JFDP are made available during annual recruitment periods. If you would like American Councils to notify you when an application recruitment period has opened, please add your name and contact information to the program’s mailing list. To begin, please carefully read the program eligibility requirements, then answer the eligibility questions below.

Eligible applicants to the JFDP must:

  • be a citizen of either Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan.
  • currently reside and work in his/her country of citizenship;
  • be a faculty member currently teaching full-time at an institution of higher education in their home country and have at least two (2) years of full-time professional experience as a university lecturer or administrator at the time of application (time spent working at a university while simultaneously working towards your first higher education degree does not count towards the two year requirement);
  • be highly proficient in written and oral English (be able to participate in an English language interview);
  • return to their home country after completing the program;

You ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for JFDP, if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Are currently participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States;
  • Are currently residing or working outside of the country of citizenship.
  • Have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. government (e.g., U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Sections at U.S. Embassies, U.S. Agency for International Development or other U.S. government agencies) for a period of more than six weeks and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application;
  • Have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years;
  • Are a local employee of American Councils or of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or USAID (you are ineligible for grants during the period of your employment and for one year following the termination of employment);
  • Are a member of the immediate family (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of any American Councils, USAID, or U.S. Department of State employee (for a period of one year following the termination of such employment). This provision does not disqualify self-supporting members of families who live apart from their parents;
  • Have been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime (excluding minor traffic violations).

Eligible academic fields are in the Social Sciences and Humanities, in addition to Architecture, Arts Management, Business, Education, Law, Library Science, Journalism, Environmental Studies, and Public Health, Policy, and Administration.