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The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) is a program of Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. JFDP is a non-degree, professional development program that provides promising junior university faculty with the opportunity to:

Develop new courses and implement curriculum reform at their home institutions;
Cultivate teaching skills and techniques derived from exposure to U.S. educational methods;
Expand the information base in their fields of study, and;
Become a vehicle for on-going contact and exchange between home and host institutions.

Initiated in 1994, JFDP has expanded across Eurasia and into Southeast Europe. The program’s overall mission is to foster opportunities for Eurasian and Southeastern European higher educational systems to increase access to academic resources and new educational perspectives, and to promote the development of a growing network of academics among those regions and the United States.

Through the administration of JFDP, American Councils maintains regular communications with a variety of organizations, institutions, research centers, and other private and public entities. In addition, JFDP relies on partnerships with many of these entities for the continued success of the program, its Fellows and Alumni.

The U.S. Department of State is the sole sponsor of JFDP since the program’s inception in 1994. JFDP is a part of the overall mission of this U.S. governmental bureau to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

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