Croatia is once again participating in the prestigious academic mobility program called the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), funded by the U.S. government. The program provides teachers at Croatian higher education institutions the possibility of obtaining scholarships for training at top American universities.
The JFDP is a U.S. government program designed for teachers in the social and humanitarian sciences who have had at least two years teaching experience at Croatian universities. Since 2005, more than 30 teachers from Croatia have participated in the JFDP programme, including at prestigious universities such as the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Pennyslvania State University and Rutgers University.
Under the program JFDP teachers can spend one semester (up to 5 months) at universities in the U.S. in order to improve their lecturing skills and training in areas that are taught at Croatian universities. The JFDP scholarships cover all costs of training in the United States, travel, tuition, housing, procurement of professional literature, and attending conferences.
The programme is administered in Croatia by the Institute for Educational Development (on behalf of the American Councils for International Education) in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb.