Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program

Online Application deadline is February 28, 2020.

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX


The Fulbright TEA Program brings international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program to take academic seminars for professional development at a host university and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools.  General academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.  A practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in local secondary schools and a variety of relevant professional development and cultural activities.

What is the profile of the ideal Fulbright TEA candidate?

Successful Fulbright TEA candidates are current, full-time secondary school teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or special education at institutions serving primarily a local population.

Candidates must have a minimum of five years teaching experience by the start of the program. Pre-service practicum years are not included in the five-year minimum. Candidates should be planning to continue working in secondary education for at least five years after the conclusion of the program.

Candidates should be educators who demonstrate strong leadership potential and the ability to function well in an intensive and collaborative learning environment with teachers from around the world.

Candidates should be able to live and work closely with people from a variety of backgrounds and interact in a culturally sensitive way with students (minors) and colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Are members of or who work with students from under-served communities or traditionally underrepresented groups including but not limited to women, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, and the LGBTI community.
  • Have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S.
  • Have not previously received a Fulbright teacher grant.
  • Have not had substantial recent experience in the U.S., including study, teaching, research or employment for a period totaling more than 9-months during the past five years.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math,

science, or social studies (civics, history, geography, global studies, etc.), including special education

teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Five or more years of full-time teaching experience
  • Demonstrated oral and written English language proficiency
  • Citizen and resident of participating Fulbright TEA country
  • Other requirements as indicated in the application

An independent review committee will be convened to select participants for the program through merit based competition.

Testing of English Language:

Application finalists will be required to take the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  All applicants are expected to study for the TOEFL exam before, during, and after submitting the application.  Finalists must be prepared to take the TOEFL exam soon after interviews.  The exam fees will be paid for by the program for finalists only.

How to Apply:

Register as a new applicant by creating an account for the online application at: https://oas.irex.org/fulbrighttea

All applications received will be screened and ONLY short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview.

What is the deadline for applicants to submit their online application?

Online Application deadline is  February 28, 2020.

What to do if you encounter problem filling the online application

An Online Application Guide for Applicants is attached to resolve problems.  Referencing this guide may resolve the issue. If not, please send a message to fulbrighttea@irex.org to receive guidance from IREX.

Please direct questions to AccraExchange@state.gov for more information.