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Faculty Development Institute (FDI)


COVID-19 Updates

Lions Clubs International is working with area leaders to facilitate smaller institutes in locations that will allow safe gatherings. As the details of these institutes are confirmed new dates and locations will be updated in the schedule below. If you have already applied to an institute you will receive an email notification alerting you to any changes that have affected the institute to which you applied.

Pre-institute Attendance Guidelines

In the best interest and safety of our Lions and others outside of our organization that we may encounter during travel to and participation in this training, we ask that you consider the guidelines below. Lions Clubs International will fully refund all participant fees collected prior to attendance should any Lion elect not to attend the institute due to any of the following reasons:

Before Leaving Home

  • Follow relevant guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), or your local health authority.
  • Adhere to all government issued travel restrictions issued by the region which you will be traveling to and the region you will be traveling from.
  • Continually monitor and evaluate your own health and the health of those people who you are in close contact with.  If you have been in contact with any persons who have tested positive with COVID-19 or who have had symptoms within 14 days prior to your arrival at this event, we ask that you refrain from attendance.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.

The Faculty Development Institute is a three-day institute that serves to develop and expand the number of skilled Lions faculty available for use in training at the club, district, and multiple district levels.  The curriculum is designed to enhance training delivery skills and training techniques that will increase the quality of training and overall effectiveness of Lions leadership development programs.  Starting in 2018-2019 the Faculty Development Institute’s focus has changed to emphasize training delivery skills more and no longer includes sessions on curriculum development. Lions who complete the FDI are expected to be able to effectively deliver training sessions with provided materials. They should not be expected to create their own training materials.

Qualified candidates are those Lions who have some experience as instructors at local Lions training events, have demonstrated basic instructional skills, and have a keen interest in further developing those skills. A candidate’s training experience should include using PowerPoint to support training delivery. (Note: Participants will not be expected to create any materials while at the FDI, but it will be necessary to use PowerPoint and other provided materials for some activities.) Participation is limited to Lions from the constitutional area noted in the schedule below.

Lions participating in this three-day course will be required to conduct a local training event within six months of attending the institute, in order to complete the FDI.


Lions who meet the qualifications may apply to the Faculty Development Institute by submitting a completed and signed application form. Applications will be available at least four months prior to the institute. Please download the application for your constitutional area from the list below. Because of the high number of applications received, acceptance into the institute is not guaranteed.

Cost of the Institute

Lions Clubs International will provide meals and lodging according to the dates and schedule of the institute. In compliance with board policy, a non-refundable participation fee of US$150.00 will be required to offset a portion of these costs. This fee will be due no less than six weeks prior to the institute start date. Please do not send funds until you receive a letter of acceptance to the institute. Participants are also responsible to pay for their own transportation and other travel related expenses to and from the institute site.

2020-2021 Faculty Development Institutes

All dates and locations are subject to change. Please note that application forms are available only in the languages of the institute being conducted in your constitutional area.

Constitutional Area I: USA, Affiliates, Bermuda and The Bahamas

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Language: English

Constitutional Area II: Canada

The Faculty Development Institute will not be offered for 2020-2021.

Constitutional Area III: South America, Central America, Mexico, and Islands of the Caribbean Sea

Date: May 14-16, 2021
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Languages: Portuguese
Submission Deadline:  Closed

Date: April 30-May 2, 2021
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Languages: Spanish
Submission Deadline: January 30, 2021
Application form in Spanish

Constitutional Area IV: Europe

Date: April 16-18, 2021
Location: Porto, Portugal
Languages: Portuguese
Submission Deadline: January 16, 2021
Application form in Portuguese

Date: May 22-24, 2021
Location: Tampere, Finland
Languages: Finnish
Submission Deadline: February 21, 2021
Application form in Finnish

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Languages: Swedish
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021

Constitutional Area V: The Orient and Southeast Asia

Date: May 11-13, 2021
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Languages: Japanese
Submission Deadline: February 10, 2021
Application form in Japanese

Location: Kunming, Yunnan, China
Languages: Simplified Chinese
Submission Deadline: January 8, 2021

Date: April 8-10, 2021
Location: Seoul, Korea
Languages: Korean
Submission Deadline: January 8, 2021
Application form in Korean

Constitutional Area VI: India, South Asia and the Middle East

The Faculty Development Institute will not be offered for 2020-2021.

Constitutional Area VII: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Islands of the South Pacific Ocean

Date: April 16-18, 2021
Location: Sydney, Australia
Languages: English
Submission Deadline: January 16, 2021
Application in English

Constitutional Area VIII: Africa

The Faculty Development Institute will not be offered for 2020-2021.

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