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Faculty Development Institute (FDI)

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.

2019-2020 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 & II: USA, Affiliates, Bermuda and The Bahamas & Canada

Date: January 18-20, 2020
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Language: English
Submission Deadline: November 4, 2019
Application form in English

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

Date: February 8-10, 2020
Location: Panama City, Panama
Languages: Portuguese and Spanish
Submission Deadline:  November 25, 2019
Application form in Portuguese
Application form in Spanish

Constitutional Area IV: Europe

Date: November 16-18, 2019
Location: Madrid, Spain
Languages: English, Spanish, French and Italian
Submission Deadline:  September 2, 2019
Application form in English
Application form in Spanish
Application form in French
Application form in Italian

Constitutional Area V: The Orient and Southeast Asia

Date: May 8-10, 2020
Location: Shanghai, China
Languages: Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean
Submission Deadline: February 23, 2020
Application form in English
Application form in Japanese
Application form in Korean
Application form in Traditional Chinese
Application form in Simplified Chinese

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

Date: November 2-4, 2019
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Languages: English
Submission Deadline: August 19, 2019
Application form in English

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

Date: September 14-16, 2019
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Languages: English
Submission Deadline: July 29, 2019
Application form in English

Constitutional Area VIII: Africa

Date: February 29-March 2, 2020
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Languages: English and French
Submission Deadline: December 16, 2019 Application form in English Application form in French
Application form in English
Application form in French

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