Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Success Program 2022/23


The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The 2023 program will mark the 25e year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards) and in the fifth year the program will be known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program. Countries eligible for the Fulbright TEA Media Literacy Program are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Teachers are appointed to participate in the Fulbright TEA program based on their educational experience, academic background, leadership, and professional experience. The final selection of Fulbright TEA teachers is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent board of directors appointed by the president who is responsible for overseeing all Fulbright academic exchange programs.


  • English or English as a foreign language
  • Language / literature of your country of origin
  • A foreign language
  • Social studies (civic education, history, world studies, law, etc.)
  • Media studies, communications, journalism or related fields
  • Mathematics, Sciences
  • Specialized education in the disciplines listed above


Applicants must:

  • Be current high school *, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), home country language and literature, social studies, civic education, history, global studies, media studies, communication, journalism, law, mathematics, science or social studies, including teachers specializing in these subjects in institutions serving primarily a local population;
  • Have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent;
  • Have completed at least three years of full-time education at the start of the program, with preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time education;
  • Reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application and participation in the program;
  • Obtain a minimum score of 500 on the paper TOEFL or 61 on an internet-based TOEFL; or an equivalent English exam (please note that you do not need to take the TOEFL test at the time of application – we will organize the test for all semi-finalists);
  • Have experience or demonstrated interest in media literacy and 21st century critical thinking;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after the end of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

* Secondary school teachers include middle and high school teachers serving students between the ages of 12 and 18. Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their working time to be eligible for the program.

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 a post-graduate or college-level program for practicing teachers. Education administrators (such as education ministry officials or officials) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher educators, university professors , English private tutors and teachers in schools serving mainly expatriates are not eligible.

US citizens or permanent residents are not eligible to apply.

Staff or families of staff at a United States Embassy are not eligible to apply. Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children and siblings) are not eligible to participate in any grant programs implemented by IREX, either as individuals or as a responsible party representing an institutional applicant.

We do not discriminate against grant applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or any other characteristic. protected as established by US law.


IREX reserves the right to verify all information included in the request. In case of discrepancy or false information, the application will be immediately declared invalid and the candidate ineligible.

Program components

Teachers selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA program:

  1. Attend advanced undergraduate or graduate courses at a US host university.
  2. Observe classes, co-teach, and share expertise with American colleagues in American high schools.
  3. Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of education systems in host and home countries; and
  4. Participate in other educational and cultural activities during your program in the United States.

Upon their return home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained through the program with teachers and students at their home school and within their community.

University courses:

Weekly seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university with presentations and discussions facilitated by academic staff, faculty members and visiting education experts. Academic seminars will focus on new teaching methodologies, content-based teaching, project-based learning, integration of thematic topics into the curriculum, course planning and training in instructional technologies. for teachers. Topics for seminars may include recognition of prejudice / propaganda, stereotypes and disinformation; strategies for improving students’ critical thinking, analysis and communication skills; how media education promotes civic engagement / the role of media in democratic societies; and fostering cybersecurity and digital citizenship in the classroom.

School placements in the United States: The program will also include an internship of at least 40 hours with an American partner teacher of English, Social Studies, History, Civics, Communication, Journalism, Math or Science at a high school. American near the host university to actively involve participants in the American classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentorship and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

Professional online learning community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices in education and leadership in participating countries.


  • Support for J-1 visas;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in the participant’s country of origin;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the United States;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Accommodation (usually shared with other fellows in the program) and meals;
  • Health care coverage in the event of accident and illness (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • Transportation to the internship school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for incidental expenses during the university academic program;
  • A professional development allowance;
  • A baggage allowance;
  • A workshop in Washington, DC; and
  • The possibility of applying for small alumni scholarships for alumni in good standing.


Fulbright TEA Fellows will be selected through an open, merit-based competition based on eligibility and the criteria below. The best candidates will be interviewed by an interview panel and must pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an equivalent English test, or provide valid results for the past year (date of the test at the earliest in May 2021).

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching in secondary education;
  • Leadership potential demonstrated;
  • Professional and educational experience and achievements;
  • Potential for developing long-term links between educational institutions and schools in the United States and the home country;
  • Preparation (including maturity, flexibility and ability to function independently) for an intensive training program based in the United States with very limited free time for personal travel or sightseeing;
  • Willingness and ability to work and live collaboratively with international peers to foster a positive learning community for professional development;
  • Articulated ideas for applying the experience of the program to improving secondary education in the home country;
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively;
  • Sufficient oral and written English skills to run classes, attend specialized seminars and make presentations at US schools (a minimum TOEFL paper score or equivalent of 500 is required for participation in Fulbright TEA);
  • Applicants who have had little or no opportunity to travel to the United States will be given priority;
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are members of or who work with students from underserved communities or traditionally under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, women, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, the LGBTI community and people of diverse backgrounds. geographic areas of the country.
  • Preference will also be given to applicants who have not yet received a Fulbright scholarship.

How to register

Registration deadline: February 15, 2022.

The online application is available at: https://fulbright.irex.org and also available on the program web page: https://www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org/

Guide for applicants (PDF 1.2 MB)

For more information, visit the program’s website at https://www.irex.org/fulbright-tea, or contact the public affairs office of the U.S. Embassy in BelgradeFulbrightTea @ state. gov


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