Opportunities for U.S. K-12 Teachers and Schools

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Semester Research Program: This program is open to K-12 educators who spend at least 50 percent of their time working with students. Teachers take part in a semester (from three to six-months) of independent study abroad, where they complete an inquiry project, take courses for professional development, and share their expertise with teachers and students in the host country. The application period opens in late fall and closes in early winter each year. Locations may vary from year to year.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-term Program: K-12 educators serve as educational experts abroad for two to six weeks (between June and November) and provide support for specific projects identified by a host institution in participating locations. The application period runs on a cyclical basis, and locations may vary from year to year.

Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms:This program is open to K-12 teachers and supports their efforts to make their students and schools globally knowledgeable and competitive. Teachers complete a graduate-level online course, participate in a two- or three-week international study abroad program in the spring or summer, and develop projects and new curricula for their home school. The application period generally opens in early winter each year and closes in March.

Teachers of Critical Languages Program: This program supports K-12 Schools with developing and existing world language programs in Mandarin and Arabic to host a fully-funded native language teacher from China, Egypt, or Morocco for one full academic year. The application period generally opens in late fall and closes in January of the following year.

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad--Bilateral Projects, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, provide short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas.

The Office of English Language Programs offers non-Fulbright exchange programs for American educators in the fields of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Opportunities for Non-U.S. Elementary and Secondary Teachers

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

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers brings international primary and secondary teachers to the United States for a semester-long program to pursue individual or group projects, take courses for professional development at a host university, observe, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues.

The Teachers of Critical Languages (TCLP) Program brings teachers from China, Egypt, and Morocco to teach Chinese and Arabic at U.S. elementary and secondary schools for an academic year.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program allows young English teachers from overseas to refine their teaching skills while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at colleges and universities in the United States.

College and university teachers should visit the Information for Faculty Members and Professors page for information on post-secondary educator grants.

“I applied for the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching because I no longer wanted to be a part of the status quo… The [program] has been one of the most pivotal experiences in my life thus far.” - Jessica Stovall, Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Alumna to New Zealand