Interested in applying to Fulbright Teacher Exchanges, but unsure where to begin? Review our tips to help you get started on your application!
Note: Non-U.S. educators should contact the local U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in their country to confirm opportunities, eligibility criteria, and application deadlines.
1. Find the best program for you
Fulbright Teacher Exchanges offer professional learning programs to K-12 educators in the United States and around the world. Explore the Programs for an overview of opportunities and learn how to apply. Determine which program is the best match for your professional goals and travel availability.
2. Confirm eligibility
Some eligibility requirements vary by program. Review the full eligibility criteria for the program you selected and confirm you are eligible to apply.
3. Check application deadlines
Application deadlines vary by program. Check specific program pages on our website for details and to start your application. You may also be notified about application opening and closing dates by joining our mailing list, or following @FulbrightTeach on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
4. Request references early
Plan ahead and confirm the number and type of references you need for your application! Select your references early and share the program description with them. References should know you and your professional contributions well. For some programs, your direct supervisor will also need to approve your leave of absence as part of the application process.
Note: All references need to be complete before you can submit your application!
5. Connect with alumni
Several resources are available for applicants to learn more about the application process and past projects from program alumni:
· Learn about educators’ experiences selecting, applying for, and participating in Fulbright Teacher Exchanges in our webinars featuring alumni.
· Hear directly from alumni or reach out for advice to strengthen your application by joining the Fulbright Teacher Exchanges Applicants Facebook Group.
· Check out the News & Impact page for stories of outstanding alumni and their experiences.
· (Outside the U.S.) Contact the local U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission for alumni panels and information sessions about applying.
6. Be specific in your essay responses
Make personal connections between program components and your educational community. Identify how Fulbright Teacher Exchanges will develop your educational practice, improve your ability to prepare students to be future leaders, and enable you to bring global knowledge, skills, and perspectives to your school. You may choose to focus on how you previously demonstrated leadership, how you engage students in solving global challenges, and/or how you see potential for developing lasting connections with your host country community.
"Talk about how you might bring your experience to your placement and take your experience back to your classroom — the possibilities are boundless." -Christopher Lazarski, United States to Morocco 2014
7. Review application components
Proofread your application to make sure all sections are complete and accurate. Check for typos and make sure all supporting documents have been uploaded correctly. Save a copy of your application for future reference and remember to hit submit!