Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program Selection Process

When applications are received by IREX through the Online Application System, each application is screened for technical eligibility. After confirming that applicants meet the eligibility criteria, an independent committee of experts reviews the applications.

Applications are evaluated on overall quality, the applicant’s qualification to conduct the proposed inquiry project, the benefit of the program for both the applicant and the applicant’s school, and clear demonstration of educational leadership.

Other criteria include:

  • Preference for applicants who have at least five years of full-time teaching experience in the United States, a U.S. territory, or a school associated with the Department of Defense Education Activity
  • Commitment to working in K–12 education after completing the program
  • Preference for applicants working in high-need schools or districts, or with traditionally under-resourced populations
  • Ability to travel for the entirety of the program
  • Professional and educational experience and leadership
  • Commitment to professional learning
  • Quality of inquiry project proposal
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence
  • Effective communication skills and potential to be an ambassador for the program
  • Preference for applicants who have not participated in another Fulbright program and have not had significant previous professional experience abroad (study, teaching, research, or employment)

The independent committee reads and reviews applications and makes nomination recommendations. The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board approves all final nominations.

All applicants will receive notification of a selection decision by email, whether they have been selected or not.

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