Application Period Started for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2019-2020

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP).

This non-degree professional development program provides promising junior university faculty with the opportunity to:

  • develop new courses and ideas for curriculum reform at their home institutions
  • cultivate teaching skills and techniques based on personal observation of U.S. educational methods
  • expand the information base in their fields of study
  • become a vehicle for on-going contact and exchange between their home and host institutions.


Interested candidates also must:

  • have Belarusian citizenship and permanent residence in the country
  • 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 TOEFL test.)

Fulbright Grantees enter the United 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.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program offers a one-semester, non-degree program. Program activities include observing courses, developing curricula, gathering resource materials, attending conferences, collaborating with U.S. colleagues, giving presentations.  The Fulbright Faculty Development Program offers scholarships in any academic field.

One of the important components of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. university. When determining which institutions to contact, do not limit yourself to the most well-known U.S. universities.  Though many U.S. institutions may not have an international reputation, they often do have appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research.  Scholars placed in these smaller and less renowned institutions often are given greater attention than their colleagues who are affiliated with larger and more well-known universities. If you have studied previously in the United States, you should avoid seeking affiliation at your U.S. alma mater. This is to ensure that you expand your contacts within the U.S. academic community.

Program Funding

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, medical insurance, monthly stipends.  Since the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a non-degree program, Fellows are not required or permitted to receive transcripts, grades or credit.

Application Process

The application process for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program must be completed online at The submission deadline for the online application is October 1, 2018.

The applicants for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in Belarus will need to fill in the on-line application for Fulbright Foreign Student Program. It is designed for foreign students but is applicable to junior researchers as well.

The selection of candidates for the Program is carried out by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in early October.

The program offers equal opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, native language, handicap or disability.