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Junior Faculty Development Program

CURRENT STATUS: Applications will be Accepted Effective March 10th , 2014

Deadline: May 1st, 2014 at 11:59 PM Kabul time. Late applications will not be accepted

Submit Your Application to:

Download the MS Word Application: Application

Review application instructions and guidelines: Application Instructions

Download the Reference Letters: Reference Letter

Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program Announcement 2015

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015 Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program (AJFDP) for citizens of Afghanistan to participate in a two-month professional development program in the United States.  All program costs will be included in the scholarship, including lodging, meals, supplemental health and accident benefits, a book and materials allowance, and travel costs to program location. 

The Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program is a U.S. Government sponsored program that was initiated in January 2011.  The program is designed to enhance and broaden the professional skill sets of Afghan junior faculty in various fields of study; to provide insight into the American system of higher education; and to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Afghanistan.

Applicants must be citizens of Afghanistan currently employed full-time as a junior level faculty member (defined as faculty with a bachelor’s degree but no further education) at a public or private Afghan university.

Applicants should have a sufficient level of English to enable them to successfully engage in the classroom environment in the U.S.  Many successful applicants earn a score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  Strong preference will be given to applicants who have not had extensive recent experience in the U.S.  Applicants currently living outside Afghanistan and U.S. citizens are ineligible for the program.

All grantees are required to return to Afghanistan at the conclusion of their program to implement projects and ideas developed while in the U.S.  Grantees will be eligible to apply for immediate subsequent rounds of the Fulbright programs upon their return to Afghanistan (i.e. applicants returning in March 2015 are eligible to apply right away for the 2016-2017 Fulbright programs).

Eligibility Requirements: 

The Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program is open to Afghan citizens living in Afghanistan, who have:

  • A full-time junior level faculty member position (defined as faculty with a bachelor’s degree but no further education) at a public or private Afghan university;
  • An undergraduate (first university/bachelors) degree and a strong academic background as demonstrated by their post-secondary transcripts; 
  • Demonstrated interest in and intent to continue teaching at the university level in Afghanistan;
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and achievements (through professional work and volunteer experience) ;
  • Three letters of recommendation from their professors and/or employers
  • Strong English language skills to be able to participate in the program successful (selected applicants will be required to take an institution TOEFL  later);
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States.
    • Preference is given to junior faculty with five or fewer years of fulltime teaching experience.

Program Overview

The Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program provides an intensive professional training program at a U.S. university for up to twenty junior faculty members from public and private Afghan universities.  The program aims to enhance and broaden the professional skill sets of junior faculty in various fields of study. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop language and professional skills to strengthen eligibility for graduate studies at international institutions.  The program will take place from January to March 2015, with exact dates to be determined.

The two month program includes the following:

  • Participation in an initial orientation and an eight-week academic program at a U.S. university host campus, including a one-week intensive English seminar;
  • Attendance at a professional conference; and 
  • Participation in a multi-day professional seminar in Washington, D.C. taught by experienced CIES staff. 

Activities and seminars during the program will focus on theoretical and practical topics such as teaching methodology, pedagogy, resources, and technology.  Topics will include the following:

  • Overview of US Higher Education Structure and Administration
  • Intensive English for Practical Usage and Introduction to U.S. Culture
  • Teaching Methodology and Pedagogy, including Curriculum and Syllabus Development 
  • Leadership in Education
  • Integrating Practical Application of Course Material
  • Assessment Strategies
  • Research Methodology and Building Research Capacity
  • Technology - IT as a Pedagogical Tool
  • Academic Support Structures

Participant Selection

We aim to select a total of twenty participants for a single program starting in January 2015 to March 2015.  We hope to include both male and female participants in this year’s program.  Please encourage your female colleagues to apply.  Participants will be recruited through a merit-based, open competition and chosen by an American-led team.  Selections are based upon participants’ leadership potential, academic excellence, maturity, ability to adjust successfully to academic life in the U.S., strong interest in engaging Americans, and potential to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Afghanistan.  Please note that applicants are judged according to their complete application (essays, exam scores, work and volunteer experience, teaching experience, interview, etc.).  The most qualified and competitive candidates will be selected for nomination by the U.S. Embassy. 

No Dependents

The Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program fellowship is provided for the recipient only; dependents cannot be supported and Maharam are not allowed.  Dependents and family members of Afghan Junior Faculty Program participants are not permitted to accompany participants to the U.S. 

How to Apply

STEP 1: Check requirements for submitting an application

STEP 2: Review application instructions and guidelines here

STEP 3: To download and complete the application click here

Email your completed application to the Exchange Team of the U.S. Embassy at


The Project Statement

The project statement is the most important component of the application. Scholars with the most compelling, well-written proposals are generally recommended for grants. Sometimes those with outstanding professional achievements assume that a brief, general project statement will be sufficient. It is not. Please submit a detailed project statement of three to five single-spaced pages. No more than five pages may be submitted for a project statement.

  • Begin the project statement with your name and program. At the top of each subsequent page, type your name.
  • Organize your proposal in order of the following points, and use them as headings for sections of text in your statement.

Professional Objective Statement

This description should include your professional objectives over the next five years and how you hope this program will help you achieve those objectives. This section is essential to your application. You should take great care to write a clear and detailed description of the program you intend to pursue. Please be certain to answer the following questions in this section:

  • How do you plan to implement what you learn through participation in the program upon your return to your home country?
  • Which elements of faculty development and/or academic capacity building do you hope to concentrate on during your grant (e.g. curriculum development, assessment, educational leadership, educational administration, academic governance, use of technology in the classroom, new methods/research tools in your field, etc.)?

Personal Statement

The personal statement is a narrative statement in which you can include information about your education, practical experience, special interests, career plans, and your purpose in applying for study. Please be certain to answer the following questions in this section:

  • What is your vision of university level education?
  • How have you begun to work toward this vision?
  • How do you plan to work toward this vision in the future?
  • What do you hope to learn about American society and culture?
  • What aspects of your own culture, history, etc. do you wish to share with American faculty and others in the community where you will be living?
  • How will participation in the program benefit not only you, but also others (students, department, and administrators) at your university?

Three Letters of Reference:

Please download the reference letter here and have your recommenders to complete the letter for you and send it back to us directly through

Review the MS Word version of your application and print a copy for your records. Please submit your application and supporting documentation including the following documents, (a) through (e), together by email attachment to

(a) Application form

(b) Project statement-professional objective statement and personal statement

(c) Three reference letters

(d) Detailed curriculum vitae

(e) Academic transcripts (and English translation, if not in English)

STEP 4: The U.S. Embassy will review the applications and inform the most qualified and competitive applicants by email that they are registered for a free English test called the institutional TOEFL. 

STEP 5: After we receive the institutional TOEFL scores, the U.S. Embassy will contact the most competitive applicants for a personal interview. 

STEP 6: We will make the final decisions on the selected candidates and notify all applicants of the decisions by the beginning of August.  We aim to select twenty total participants for this year’s program.


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