2018 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA)

Application Deadline is March 18, 2018

TEA is an intensive non-credit, non-degree six-week professional development program at a U.S. university (January – March 2019 or September – November 2019).  Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEA consists of a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants will also take part in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near their host university to work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program. The international participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 80 teachers each in the spring or fall 2019.

What is the profile of the ideal TEA candidate?

Successful TEA candidates are current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population are eligible for the program. Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program. Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age.  Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time in order to be eligible.

The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools, localities or states.

All candidates must have sufficient oral and written English language skills to take part in specialized seminars and give presentations in U.S. schools.

English Testing

Applicants must submit or show that they have registered for TOEFL or other English test score as part of their applications such as the International English language Testing System (IELTS) or the institutional-based TOEFL.

Applicants who have recently participated in similar programs in the U.S. or other Western countries will be given lower priority. Teachers working in under-resourced communities will be given higher priority. The TEA Program supports educational inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply.

Eligibility Requirements for TEA

Applicants must:

Be current secondary-level, full-time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English or English as a Foreign Language, mathematics, social studies, science, and special education teachers in those subject areas;

Be citizens of a TEA participating country

Be proficient in written and spoken English with a minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 450.

Commit to teaching after completion of the program; and submit a complete application Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement Program.

TEA Program Regulations:

Fellows must return to their home countries for at least two years upon completion of the TEA program.

TEA does not allow for paid employment during the program.

No visa transfers or extensions will be given.

No visas for dependents (children, spouses) 

TEA Selection Process

Selection is made through a merit-based open competition.

All applications are first reviewed for technical eligibility.

Top candidates are interviewed by an interview panel and take the TOEFL examination or other comparable examination.

Top nominees’ applications and TOEFL scores will be reviewed in Washington, D.C., and, barring any ineligibility, the nominees will be confirmed as finalists.

Below is the link to the online application:

Register as a new applicant by creating an account at http://oas.irex.org/fulbrighttea

The deadline for applications is March 18, 2018.