Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators

Learn what this program's participants do, how to apply, whether the program is right for you, and how we select participants.

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Program Description

Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators sends cohorts of K–12 school and district administrators to participate in an intensive program (approximately 10 days in length) to learn about best educational practices in other countries with the goal of improving outcomes for all students.

Participants in Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators engage in briefings, panel discussions, and events to better understand the education system of the host country and to explore educational and professional topics of relevance to school administrators. Program activities include visits to schools and other educational institutions in order to observe and share best educational practices. Participants in Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators also participate in conferences and roundtable discussions, as well as networking events with education professionals.

Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators in Finland

Is this program right for you?

Participants will travel with a group of approximately ten U.S. administrators to one of the participating countries, and participate in a welcome orientation program, school visits, sessions dedicated to understanding school leadership and educational contexts in the respective locations, and opportunities to engage with host country education leaders on issues facing school and district administrators. With a broad potential for impact, current full-time administrators with five or more years of experience working in administration are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators provide roundtrip international airfare; accommodations, meals and incidentals for the duration of the program; supplemental accident and sickness medical coverage; and professional learning opportunities and cultural activities.

In-country program activities are coordinated by Fulbright Commissions, Ministries of Education, and U.S. Embassies. Current programs to Finland and Singapore are implemented in partnership with:

Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators in Finland

How to apply

Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators are open to full-time school and district-level administrators at public, private (secular or faith-based), and charter schools in the United States, a U.S. territory, or within the Department of Defense Education Activity).

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How we select participants

Participants in Fulbright Seminars for School Administrators are selected through an open competition. Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of experts according to a number of evaluation criteria.

In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of U.S. and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Bureau is committed to fairness, equity, and inclusion.

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If you have any questions, please contact FulbrightAdministrators@irex.org