Fulbright Faculty Development Program

Please note! The new Application Deadline is November 1st , annually.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP) offers a 9-10 month, non-degree, professional development program at a U.S. university. The Fulbright Faculty Development Program targets teaching faculty and scholars under the age of 40 who are either teaching at institutions of higher learning or are affiliated with academic, research, or cultural institutions, including libraries and museums, or with NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). FFDP is designed for those, who have not received a post-graduate academic degree ("Kandydat nauk") or who have received their degree within the past 5 years.

Eligible Fields of study: humanitarian and social sciences, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

  • Art (painting, sculpture, music, film studies, photography, choreography, architecture) / Art Criticism
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture / Urban Planning
  • Astronomy
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Critisism or Management of Cultural and Theater Studies
  • Economics (theoretical areas)
  • Education / Educational Administration
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Folklore
  • Gender studies
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Information Sciences
  • International Relations
  • Journalism / Mass Communications
  • Law
  • Linguistics / Applied Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Material Science
  • Mathematics
  • Museum Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Public/Global Health
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Ukrainian Studies

Eligibility requirements:

  • Ukrainian citizenship;
  • residence in Ukraine during the application process;
  • 40 years of age or under at the time of application;
  • at least two years full or part-time teaching experience, administrative work in the university, studying in the "aspirantura" or professional experience in the relevant field;
  • affiliation with an academic institution (university or institute) or professional staff member of a cultural; institution such as a museum, library or archive, cultural/historical preservation agency, or other research institute, etc.;
  • completion of the 'Kandydat Nauk' is not required;
  • if the 'Kandydat Nauk' has already been received, it must have been awarded no more than 5 years before the application deadline to the Fulbright Faculty Development Program;
  • English language skills that are strong enough to study or conduct research in a U.S. university;
  • Fulbright Grantees enter the Uniteds States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa under the Department of State program and are subject to the 2-year home-country residence requirement associated with the J-1 visa;
  • at least five years since the applicants' last participation in Fulbright Academic Exchange Programs.

*You or an immediate family member are not an employee of the US Embassy, Fulbright Program, or other US mission in Ukraine supported by the US Department of State. This restriction applies for one year following termination of said employment.

**Candidates applying for or holding permanent residence in the United stated are not eligible.

***For those candidates who have already traveled to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, there is a minimum requirement of a 2 year home-country residence period in Ukraine at the time of submitting the application.

Grant terms:

  • support is provided for the individual scholar but not for families/dependents;
  • grants are limited to 9-10 months, with no possibility for an extension;
  • course work for credit is not envisaged, although auditing of courses is encouraged;
  • projects that will result in new courses,the introduction of new methods, or approaches in professional settings are particularly encouraged.

Grants benefits:

  • monthly stipend;
  • medical insurance;
  • roundtrip transportation to and from the U.S.;
  • professional literature allowance.

How to Apply:
By March 31st the candidate must submit a document packet which includes:

  • the completed online application form;
  • supplemental forms;
  • 3 letters of recommendation;
  • copies of your certified academic documents (from each university or post-secondary institution attended, all of your diplomas or certificates). All copies of the documents should be certified in the institution that issued the diploma or certificate (notarized copies are not accepted). Selected finalists will have to provide certified English translations of the academic documents;
  • portfolio (for candidates from creative fields).

Criteria of Review. In reviewing Fulbright proposals that are submitted by eligible candidates, the following elements will be stressed:

  • evidence of appropriate scholarly achievement;
  • demonstrated commitment to research, teaching, curriculum development, and expansion of course contents;
  • likelihood of implementation of new methods or approaches in a professional setting;
  • likelihood of immediate continuation of academic or professional work;
  • potential for active cooperation with U.S. and Ukrainian colleagues in projects that could have a major impact on Ukrainian educational and scientific policy and practice;
  • evidence of community commitment in and outside of academia.

Stages of the Selection Process:

The selection process will consider the candidate's professional achievements, feasibility of the proposed project, and benefits of the project to the grantee's field and to its continued development and/or impact in Ukraine.

  • first screening of applications is done by the Fulbright Program in Ukraine. Applications are reviewed for completeness and candidate eligibility (April 2013);
  • American and Ukrainian area experts review approved applications and recommend semi-finalists (April-May 2013);
  • semi-finalists are invited to an interview conducted in English before a selection committee composed of U.S. and Ukrainian scholars and officials (mid-June 2013);
  • the selection committee recommends finalists and alternates to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the final decision. The Institute of International Education will assist in determining the hosting U.S. University (January-April 2014);
  • Grant Start Date (August-September 2014).

Finalists are required to pass, with satisfaction,the TOEFL iBT Test (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) in September-October 2013.

The Fulbright Office in Kyiv will make all of the testing arrangements and cover all of the costs associated with the application, selection, and testing process (travel to and stay in Kyiv, exam fees, etc.).

The Fulbright finalists will be approved by the Board of Fulbright Supervisors (BFS). The Institute of International Education (IIE) will make the final desicion about the placement at the U.S. universities or scientific insitutions in accordance with candidates' academic and scientific interests and professional plans.

The submission deadline is November 1st annually.

Program Officer Inna Barysh ibarysh@iie.orgffdp.ukraine@iie.org
Program Assistant office.ukraine@iie.org



Fulbright Program Office in Ukraine

Esplanadna str, 20, office 904

Kyiv, 01001, Ukraine

Tel: +380 (44) 287 07 77

Fax: +380 (44) 230 20 60