Professional Exchange Programs

Application deadline: March 9, 2019

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) provides outstanding secondary school teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.

The Fulbright TEA Program will provide approximately 170 fellowships to international secondary-school teachers from around the world to participate in a six-week non-degree, non-credit academic program at a U.S. university. The international participants will travel to the United States for one of two six-week professional development programs in either spring of 2020 or fall of 2020.

The Fulbright TEA Program will provide general academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, content-based instruction, project-based learning, infusing thematic topics into curriculum, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. The program will include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to compete for small grant awards for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools and their home schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

The Fulbright TEA Program seeks to:

  • Equip teachers with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methods, content-based instruction, project-based learning, lesson planning, and instructional technology.
  • Create among educators a more nuanced understanding of the United States.
  • Develop productive and lasting relationships and mutual understanding between U.S. and international teachers and their students.
  • Contribute to improved teaching in participating countries and communities by preparing participants to serve as stronger teacher leaders who, upon returning home, will apply and share their experience and skills with their peers and students.
  • Make U.S. students more aware of other countries around the world through interaction with international teachers.


  • English or English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
  • Social Studies (civics, history, geography, global studies, etc.)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education in the disciplines listed above


Applicants must:

  • Be current secondary school-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;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program;
  • Reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application and of program participation;
  • Earn a minimum score of 450 on the paper based TOEFL or an equivalent English language examination**;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

*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 for the program.

**A limited number of participants with TOEFL scores between 425 and 450 or equivalent may be accepted into a special cohort of the program with additional English language training provided.

The Fulbright TEA Program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. The Fulbright TEA Program supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply.

The Fulbright TEA Program is an upper level university or graduate level academic program for practicing teachers. Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.

Staff or families of staff at a U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission are not eligible to apply.

Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any IREX-implemented grant programs.

Former participants of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program, the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, the Partners in Education (PiE) program, or Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programs are not eligible to apply. If you have participated in other U.S. government-funded professional development exchange programs, please contact the Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy in your country to inquire about your eligibility.

ECA and IREX do not discriminate against grant applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law.



  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness health care coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • Transportation to the practicum school (as needed);
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program;
  • A baggage allowance;
  • An end-of-program workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.
March 9, 2019

April – May 2019

Application deadline

TOEFL Testing / Semifinalist Interviews

September 2019 Notification of Finalists
November – December 2019 Visa Interviews and Pre-Departure Orientation Spring 2020 Cohort
Late January – mid-March 2020 U.S. Program Dates Spring 2020 Cohort
July 2020 Visa Interviews and Pre-Departure Orientation Fall 2020 Cohort
September – late October 2020 U.S. Program Dates Fall 2020 Cohort

The Fulbright TEA program is 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.

To apply, visit: Application deadline is March 9, 2019.

To learn more about the program, visit:

For questions, write to:




TechWomen brings women from 21 countries in North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Central Asia to travel to the United States, for a professional mentorship and exchange program. The goal is to empower emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to reach their fullest potential, create social impact initiatives and inspire other girls and women in their communities.

The 2020 program will take place in September and October 2020.

Applicants must:

  • Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Please note that internships and other unpaid work experience does not count toward the two-year professional experience requirement.
  • Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe at the time of application and while participating in the program.
  • Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
  • Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States (other than the Diversity Immigrant Visa, also known as the “visa lottery”) in the past five years.
  • Not hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.


Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education.
  • Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls.
  • Have limited or no prior experience in the United States.
  • Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities.
  • Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity.


TechWomen encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.

Review eligibility requirements and apply by January 15, 2020:

For questions, contact


The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides the best and brightest community leaders, ages 25 to 38, from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program that includes a substantive hands-on learning experience in the United States from August to December annually. Community Solutions Fellows gain valuable experience in community work and strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 25-38 as of January 1 of the program year.
  • Applicants must have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
  • Applicants must be living and working in their home country (individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration)
  • Applicants must have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English

Program Activities

During the four-month U.S.-based fellowship, CSP fellows are matched with non-profit organizations, private entities, and government offices across the United States, where they work with U.S. colleagues on initiatives related to issues they face in their own communities. Community Solutions leaders work in one of four technical areas: Environmental Issues, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Transparency and Accountability, and Women and Gender Issues.

Community Leadership Institute: The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a leadership academy that provides customized learning and coaching to each CSP Leader. The CLI uses a blended-learning approach, where leaders participate in online sessions and in-person workshops, receive professional coaching, engage in experiential learning, and interact with other professionals in their field.

Community-based initiatives: CSP fellows develop innovative community action projects in collaboration with their U.S. host institutions and implement these projects after they return to their home countries to integrate their new skills and knowledge into their community work at home. Project summaries are made available online, allowing fellows to share their work with other community leaders around the world.

International network of community development professionals: CSP fellows continue to network and collaborate with like-minded leaders from around the world on global development issues through alumni activities and opportunities offered through the Community Leadership Institute online platform.

To Apply

Applications are submitted online on the program website annually in the fall. Please see the IREX website for more information. The embassy will post information about the application procedures and deadline when the annual program is announced.

The Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States.  PFP participants are placed in intensive 5-6 week fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience.  They build a broad network with American and other program participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society.  The PFP is a two-way exchange, with American participants who have hosted foreign fellows traveling overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.

Participants must:

  • Be young leaders, ages 25-40, currently employed and with at least two years of professional experience at the time of application;
  • Have a track record of making an impact in their community, organization or company;
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;
  • Be a citizen of, and currently residing in, one of the eligible countries for participation in the program.

Application deadline: Annual/early winter. The embassy will post an announcement during the application season.

For more information, visit the Professional Fellows website.

Atlas Corps is an overseas fellowship for the world’s top social change leaders. The program addresses critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. The Atlas Corps Fellowship typically lasts 12 to 18 months. Fellows serve full-time at host organizations to develop leadership skills and learn effective practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing).

The Atlas Corps Fellowship: MENA Entrepreneurship Initiative (MENA Entrepreneurship Initiative), a special initiative within the Atlas Corps Fellowship, is supported by the U.S. Government and is specifically looking to recruit emerging business professionals from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia for a 12-month professional fellowship in the United States.

Fellows will increase their business acumen while serving in leading corporations, private companies, and organizations that promote entrepreneurship through hands-on experience while developing person-to-person connections to learn effective business practices. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, travel costs, and a living stipend.

Applicants for the MENA Entrepreneurship Initiative should go through the same online application process as other applicants for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Visit to learn more and start your application.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars and Secondary Educators are post-graduate level academic programs for mid-career foreign scholars, faculty, practitioners, and secondary educators whose purpose is to strengthen curricula and to improve the teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. SUSIs for Scholars are six-weeks long; SUSIs for Secondary Educators are five-weeks. These Institutes are comprised of a four- to five-week academic residency and a one- to two-week educational study tour to a different region of the United States. During the Institutes, scholars engage in rigorous academic coursework and panel discussions, interact and establish networks with American scholars, meet with experts in respective disciplines, visit civic institutions, and in some cases, participate in research symposia and conferences. In 2018, cohorts of 18 to 20 participants will take part in 10 scholar programs under the following disciplines:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrated English language proficiency
  • Have limited prior experience in the United States
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus
  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa

Prospective participants should contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Amman for up-to-date information about the Institutes. U.S. Embassies manage the nomination of candidates, as well as organize participants’ visa interviews and international travel to the United States.


The Scholar in Residence Award sends Jordanian scholars and professionals from Jordan to lecture in U.S. colleges and universities for one semester or one academic year.

The program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. By supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component, both the U.S. institution and the scholar grantee benefit.

Although preference is given to proposals in the humanities or social sciences, other fields focusing on international issues will be considered.

Application deadline: Annual/fall. Please see the Fulbright Commission in Jordan website for more information.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of academic and professional work. The fellowship is a one-year program that combines non-degree graduate level academic work with professional development opportunities.  By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.  Fellows are nominated by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan based on demonstrated potential for leadership and commitment to public service.

Application deadline: Annual/spring. See the Fulbright Commission in Jordan website for more information.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program is a 9-month non-degree program. Jordanian FLTA grantees teach Arabic language at U.S. universities while enrolling in two university courses per semester, one of which must be in U.S. Studies. The remaining coursework should relate to their careers in English language teaching.

Jordanian teachers will experience living, studying, and teaching in the United States; speaking the English language on a daily basis; and meeting American and international students and professionals.  They will also have the ability to teach American students about Jordanian and Arabic heritage and culture.

Application deadline: Annual/spring. See the Fulbright Commission in Jordan website for more information.


Since 2007, the Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) program has provided early and mid-career professionals from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with the opportunity to complete training in leadership, civic engagement, participatory governance, conflict resolution, and communication. Emerging civic leaders with strong Arabic skills will spend three months in Lebanon, while those with university-level English proficiency will go to the United States, gaining academic and practical experience, as well as networking with like-minded peers and professionals.

Fellows in the U.S.-based program engage in internships at political, non-governmental, or public policy organizations in Washington, D.C. The paired components of classroom and real-world work give fellows the theoretical understanding and practical experience in democracy and governance required to help enable them to advance initiatives across the MENA region.

Fellows in the MENA-based programs first attend a four-week academic component at the American University of Beirut (AUB), before being placed in host organizations aligned with their professional interests for an eight-week practicum experience in Beirut.

Applications criteria include the following:

  • Applicants demonstrate a strong commitment to being leaders of positive change in their communities.
  • Applicants demonstrate tolerance and a desire to work collaboratively with a diverse cohort of peers irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, religion, political views and socioeconomic status.
  • Interest in participating in the program and sharing the experience with others.
  • Commitment to the implementation of a follow-on project.

Those selected will come from diverse backgrounds and LDF aims for gender balance. Expenses for the LDF program are fully paid by the U.S. Department of State.


Applicants for both programs must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Between 25 and 35 years old, with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • At least five years of professional work experience, and both the capacity and commitment to apply the experience gained through the Fellowship in developing and implementing a project that will benefit an organization, specific community and/or sector in their home countries.

For the English program in the U.S., applicants must:

  • Be Jordanian citizens
  • Have high English proficiency, both written and spoken, for the U.S.-based program. Participants will need to converse about complex political and global issues in English with peers and experts.

For the Arabic program in Lebanon applicants must:

  • Be Jordanian citizen
  • Have high Arabic proficiency, both written and spoken, participants will need to converse about complex political and global issues in Arabic with peers and experts.

Recruitment for the program begins in January of each year. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for common questions:


To apply:

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging leaders in a variety of fields experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests in key fields such as politics, government, media, arts, business, and education.

Each year, nearly 5,000 International Visitors visit the United States on the International Visitor Leadership Program. More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP since the program’s inception in 1940, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

The IVLP consists of a variety of programs that last up to one month. There is no application for this program.  International Visitors are selected and nominated annually by American Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Embassies around the world. More can be found on the International Visitor Leadership Program webpage.

The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa brings approximately 35 emerging and recognized writers from around the world to Iowa City for an intensive 12-week cultural exchange.

IWP was founded in 1967 and is the most prestigious program of its kind in the United States.  The University of Iowa is also home to the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and in 2008 Iowa City was designated the first UNESCO City of Literature in the United States.

The residency program convenes emerging and recognized writers from around the world for an intensive 12-week program designed to spur creativity, support professional development, and promote freedom of expression.

The IWP is open to established and emerging writers from any country working primarily in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, drama, and poetry.  Except in extraordinary cases, candidates should have at least one published volume of work or have works appearing in significant publications over a period of at least two years.  Nominees must be fluent in English, comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics, and eager to engage with other writers from diverse cultures.  Nominees must be adults between the age of 21 and 65, non-U.S. citizens who are able to travel to the United States and stay for the full 12 weeks.  Family members and others are not allowed to accompany the writers during the Fall Residency.

All USG-sponsored IWP candidates must be nominated by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please contact the Public Affairs Section at U.S. Embassy Amman if you would like to be considered for the IWP residency. Additional details about the program are available on the IWP website: