Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program


AJFDP participants attend the final program evaluation
and wrap-up session in Washington, DC

The 2016 Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program (AJFDP) is a short-term intensive professional development program for approximately 10 junior university faculty members from Afghanistan. AJFDP is designed to enhance and broaden the professional skill sets of junior faculty in various disciplines, provide insight into the American system of higher education, and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Afghanistan.

Program Components:
Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a division of the Institute of International Education, this 10-week program is scheduled for January through March of 2016. AJFDP includes a nine-week program at a U.S. university host campus and a one week program wrap-up session in Washington, DC conducted by CIES. Components of the nine-week U.S. university program include:

  • An arrival orientation.
  • Attendance at a relevant off-campus professional conference.
  • Various cultural and community engagement activities.
  • An academic program on campus with a focus on teaching methodology, pedagogy, and English for teaching, academic writing and research.

Program Goals:
The 2016 Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development program will benefit the junior faculty participants, the host institution, and its community.

Grant Duration:

January 9 – March 16, 2016

Host Institution Proposal Deadline:
September 16, 2015

Contact Us:
AJFDP@iie.org

Host Institution Request for Proposal

 

CIES is seeking a U.S. institution of higher education to host the 2016 AJFDP cohort. The selected institution will enjoy a unique opportunity to establish lasting relationships with faculty members at universities in Afghanistan and build upon current efforts to internationalize its campus and surrounding community.

The 10-week AJFDP program is scheduled for January 9, 2015 through March 16, 2015.

September 16, 2015 | Deadline for Host Institution Proposals to CIES
Late October 2015 | Anticipated Notification of Host Institution Selection
December 2015 | Digital Video Conference (DVC) Orientation with CIES for Faculty and Mentors at U.S. Host Institution
December 2015 | Anticipated Date of Host Campus Agreement Execution
January 9, 2016 | Participants Arrive at Host Institution
January 25, 2016 | Individual Program Plans
January 2016 | On-site Orientation – CIES Staff Member On-site  
Mid February, 2016 | Mid-program Evaluation – CIES Staff Member On-site  
March 13, 2016 | Participants Travel to Washington, DC for Final Program Evaluation and Wrap-up  
March 16, 2016 | Participants Depart for Afghanistan  
Mid April, 2016 | Host Institution Submits Final Program Report, Individual Program Plans, and Financial Report and Invoice  

Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program FAQ

  1. What housing arrangements must be made available to each scholar?
  2. Will institutions need to provide daily meals for the scholars?
  3. How many scholars are expected to participate in the program and how will they be selected?
  4. Can you tell us from which type of institution the visiting scholars would most likely represent and what their backgrounds will be?
  5. Do you have any estimation of how much time scholars tend to spend per week with their mentors?
  6. What are the formatting requirements for the proposal and are their page limits?
  7. What constitutes a complete host institution application for the program?
  8. How should proposals and supporting documentation be submitted?
  9. Is it possible for an institution to host the AJFDP cohort for multiple program years?

 

  1. What housing arrangements must be made available to each scholar?
    Suitable individual furnished housing is required for every scholar, including private bedroom and bathroom facilities, kitchen, wireless internet access, and must be either walking distance from the campus or accessible via a campus shuttle or public/local transportation.
     
  2. Will institutions need to provide daily meals for the scholars?
    No, the scholars will receive stipend payments directly from IIE/CIES at the start of the program, which will allow them to pay for their daily living expenses. Institutions are required to meet the cultural needs of the participants including accessibility of halal food.
     
  3. How many scholars are expected to participate in the program and how will they be selected?
    Approximately 10 participants will be selected through a merit-based competition run by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Final selection of the candidates will be made in August 2015. TOEFL iBT® exam is a prerequisite for scholars to apply to the program. Additionally, nominated candidates who pass the interview stage may be required to retake the TOEFL iBT® exam, which will be considered when selecting the final cohort.
     
  4. Can you tell us from which type of institution the visiting scholars would most likely represent and what their backgrounds will be?
    Participants will hold junior-level faculty positions (mostly faculty with a bachelor’s degree but no further education and possibly a few faculty with a master’s degree) at a university in Afghanistan. Every effort will be made to select candidates representing a broad range of universities and regions throughout Afghanistan. It is anticipated that the selected candidates will have teaching backgrounds in various disciplines.
     
  5. Do you have any estimation of how much time scholars tend to spend per week with their mentors?
    The program requires the mentors to meet at least once a week with their respective scholars. The visiting scholars may request more one-on-one time with their respective mentors at the beginning of the program. A mentor may be away from campus during part of the program. In that case, we would ask the mentor to communicate his/her schedule with the scholar and make alternative arrangements (i.e. having the scholar meet with another mentor/faculty member) during the mentor’s time away from the campus.
     
  6.  What are the formatting requirements for the proposal and are their page limits?
    Please reference the Proposal Requirements section in the AJFDP request for proposal (RFP) (134 KB, PDF) for details on formatting and page limit requirements. Narratives are not to exceed ten double-spaced pages (1 inch margins).
  7. What constitutes a complete host institution application for the program?

Applicants must submit the following documentation:

  • Institutional Proposal Cover Sheet (141 KB, PDF)
  • A Proposal Narrative – see Proposal Requirements section of the AJFDP RFP (134 KB, PDF) for detailed information on narrative components.
  • Relevant Appendices – see Proposal Requirements section of the AJFDP RFP  for information on what appendices should include.
  • Program Budget – please use the budget template (25 KB, XLS) provided here and reference the Budget Guidelines section of the RFP for guidance on completing the budget.
  • Budget Narrative – narrative describing the costs identified in the budget - not to exceed three pages.
  1. How should proposals and supporting documentation be submitted?
    Proposals should be saved in PDF or Word file format and emailed to Lawrence Mason at AJFDP@iie.org by 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on September 16, 2015.
  2. Is it possible for an institution to host the AJFDP cohort for multiple program years?
    The host institution agreement with IIE/CIES will include a conditional renewal provision that offers the option for the institution to host up to three program year cycles. IIE/CIES will base renewal approvals on the host institution’s performance during previous host program cycles.
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