Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement (TEA) Program .

Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement (TEA) Program.

Application deadline: March 14, 2022  

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement program will bring approximately 168 international secondary-level teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language, math, science, foreign languages, and social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects, to the United States for a six-week program in January 2023or September 2023 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. The timing of the program is subject to change, depending on the conditions in the host communities. Fulbright TEA provides general academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a 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. The program will provide participants with practical resources they can use in their teaching, as well as skills to train trainers. 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 safety and security of participating Fulbright TEA teachers and their home and host communities is our first  priority. If the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2022 and 2023 or there are other emergencies, the program may need to be adjusted (program rescheduling, quarantining upon arrival, briefer school visits and field experiences, hybrid or virtual components, etc.).  


Applicants must:  

  • Be current secondary school-level*,full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, foreign language, 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 three years of full-time teaching by the start of the program, with a preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time teaching; 
  • Be a current citizen and resident of a participating country 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.T he most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools or districts.**A limited number of participants with TOEFL scores between 425 and 450 or equivalent maybe accepted into a special cohort of the program with additional English language training provided.  

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 do not teach at least 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, either as individuals or as the responsible party representing an institutional applicant. 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.  


  • 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;   
  • A workshop in Washington, D.C.; and   
  • The opportunity for alumni in good standing to apply for alumni small grants  


March 14, 2022  

April – May 2022  

Application deadline  

TOEFL Testing / Semifinalist Interviews  

August 2022   Notification of Finalists   
November – December 2022   Visa Interviews and Pre-Departure Orientation Spring 2023 Cohort   
Late January – mid-March 2023   U.S. Program Dates Spring 2023 Cohort   
July 2023   Visa Interviews and Pre-Departure Orientation Fall 2023 Cohort   
September – late October 2023  



U.S. Program Dates Fall 2023 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: https://fulbright.irex.org/ . Application deadline is March 14, 2022. 

To learn more about the program, visit: www.irex.org/fulbright-tea 

For questions, write to: fulbrighttea@irex.org