The length of the program is three to six months and can take place during the fall or spring semester of the academic year, depending on host country requirements and the proposed project. IREX encourages applicants to discuss their interest in the program with school and district administrators early in the application process. A professional reference from the direct supervisor or school head is required as part of the application, as well as a signed Leave Approval Form.
The program covers travel costs for the orientation and international field experience. Additionally, each fellow receives a stipend to cover in-country expenses associated with participation in the program, such as housing, meals, transportation, and other necessary items. The stipend is not intended to replace a participant’s salary. Educators typically negotiate with their schools and districts regarding fully or partially paid leave and benefits. The amount of the stipend provided to each participant will depend on the host country, the duration of the field experience, and other factors. Fellows may bring dependents with them to the host country and will receive a modest allowance for each dependent that accompanies them for at least 80 percent of the program. Fellows are required to cover any additional costs including the dependent’s transportation from the United States, passport and visa fees, medical and emergency travel, and medical evacuation insurance. Please see individual country information for details about schooling for dependents.
The U.S. Department of State has established health and accident benefits for all Fulbright fellows. The Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges is a basic policy and is not a substitute for your private health benefits coverage. It is not intended to cover long-term health care and has limitations in coverage. For this reason, fellows are encouraged to maintain their current policy or to obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage to cover the cost of major medical contingencies that may occur abroad.
Participating Countries and Territories
Please see the following profiles for information about participating countries and territories:
Each year, participating countries and territories are determined by the U.S. Department of State and cooperating Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies. Although the list of participating countries and territories may change periodically, applicants may apply only for countries or territories listed in the application for the year that they apply.
Applicants are invited to include in their applications information about institutions or organizations they may have identified as potential hosts for their inquiry project. Placement locations and partner organizations will be decided at the discretion of the coordinating U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in the host country, and will include considerations for participant safety and security, as well as feasibility of the partnership. Please see individual country information for further details.
Learn more by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.
If you have any questions, please contact FulbrightDA@irex.org.