Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers

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

Join a global community of educators and prepare your students for the world.

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers brings international primary and secondary educators to the United States for a four-month long program to complete an individual or group project; take courses for professional learning at a host university; and observe, collaborate, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in public, private, charter, and religious schools.

What this program's fellows do

Distinguished educators who are selected to participate in the program will:

  • Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate classes at a U.S. host university
  • Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. elementary or secondary schools
  • Design and complete an individual or group inquiry project of direct relevance to their educational practice
  • Participate in an online professional learning community with other fellows to share educational practices with a global network of colleagues
  • Engage in other educational and cultural activities while participating in the program

Upon returning home, educators will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained during the program with educators and students in their home schools and communities.

Learn more about what Fulbright DAI fellows do

Is this program right for you?

If you are currently a full-time primary or secondary educator living and working in one of the participating Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching countries, you are eligible to apply to the program. This includes classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, special education coordinators, administrators, and others who spend at least half of their time interacting with students.

Eligibility criteria also include five years of full-time teaching experience or working with students in another capacity appropriate to their professional role, and the ability to travel to the United States for five months. The U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country has additional information about program eligibility and how to apply.

How to apply

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers is open to full-time primary and secondary educators in participating countries.

Ready to apply? 
Please contact your local U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission for information about how to apply, including specific application deadlines, as this varies by country or territory.

Program Resources

Download the program overview for more information.

You can also learn more by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.

Contact

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