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 research project, the benefit of the program for both the applicant and the applicant’s school, and clear demonstration of educational leadership.

Additional consideration will be given to applicants who:

  • work in high-need schools or districts, defined as having a student population that:
    • is of high socioeconomic need, especially where 40% or more qualifies for Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARMS);
    • includes a significant representation of racial and ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, and/or students facing other risk factors and/or other resource deficits;
  • hold a master’s degree from a U.S. university and/or a National Board Certification;
  • have had five or more years of full-time instructional experience in a U.S. K-12 educational institution or school district;
  • have served in the U.S. armed forces; and/or
  • demonstrate commitment to remaining in U.S. K-12 education following their participation in the Fulbright Program.

While previous participation in a Fulbright Program does not disqualify applicants, the Fulbright DA Program prefers applicants who have NOT:

  • participated in another Fulbright Program and/or had recent significant professional experience abroad. Professional experience abroad includes study, teaching, research, or professional development. It does not include personal travel, undergraduate study abroad, leading student trips, religious or volunteer trips, service in the U.S. armed forces, or serving in the Peace Corps.

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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Program Resources

Explore research projects completed by alumni of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program.

Learn more by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.


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