Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.
The Fulbright TEA Program brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program that offers academic seminars for professional development at a host university. Participants observe classrooms and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools. Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership and professional experience.
Fulbright teachers selected for this cohort begin their program in late January, 2019.
Fulbright teachers selected for this cohort begin their program in mid-September, 2019.
Who Can Apply:
- Be Iraqi citizens who are residents of Iraq.
- Be 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 an institution serving primarily a local population.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
- Have a minimum of five years of full-time teaching experience.
- Be able to demonstrate English language proficiency by attaining a minimum score of 450 on the TOEFL or an equivalent exam. Note: TOEFL score is not required at the time of application. Candidates who are selected after application review will be required to take the TOEFL exam as part of the selection process. Test fees will be covered by the program.
The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools or districts.
Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:
1) Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university.
2) Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
3) Participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
4) Take part in other education and cultural activities while on program in the United States.
Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.
The program covers:
- Travel: Teachers will be provided with a round-trip airline ticket to the United States.
- Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing that is arranged for them.
- Finances: Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, medical co-payments, and cultural and other activities. Also included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services. Costs associated with housing, required program activities, and other program-related expenses are paid in advance by the Fulbright TEA Program and may vary by host university.
How to Apply:
- Online applications: applicants are encouraged to fill in the application online at oas.irex.org/fulbrighttea .
- Applicants with limited access to computers can submit a paper application by downloading the application form here (PDF 1.16MB), the Institutional Support and Reference Form here (PDF 273KB) and the Leave Approval Form here (PDF 279KB). Applicants who choose to use the paper application should send the complete application and required forms to FulbrightIraq@state.gov no later than March 15, 2018.
Before you apply, please click here (678KB PDF) for specific instructions on how to complete the online application.
J visa sponsorship is offered only to the Iraq Fulbright scholarship award recipient. J-2 visa dependents (spouses and children under the age of 21) cannot accompany the Iraqi scholarship recipient on his/her study program.
For questions, please contact FulbrightIraq@state.gov or call at 0770-443-1572. Application Deadline is March 15, 2018.