Learn what this program's participants do, identify whether the program is right for you, how to apply, and how we select participants.
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program sends expert U.S. K–12 educators to participating countries to support projects in schools, teacher training colleges, government ministries, or educational nongovernmental organizations, as identified by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions.
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program participants complete short-term international projects, collaborate with colleagues abroad, and share educational policy and practice on a global scale.
This program's projects cover a variety of disciplines, and program cycles may have varying numbers of projects available for application.
Participants receive funding that covers project activities including international airfare, living expenses, meals, and an honorarium for the time in country. Host organizations support participants to find housing and transportation while on site.
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Educational leaders and content-area experts who are ready to put their skills, experience, and expertise to work on a global level should apply to the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program. A wide range of disciplines are represented in each cycle of projects, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), English, English language learning, humanities, art, business, and special education.
Participants receive funding that covers participation in project activities including international airfare, living expenses, meals, and an honorarium for the time in country. Host organizations support participants to find housing and transportation while on site.
Are you an outstanding elementary, middle, or high school educator from the United States and ready to share your educational expertise globally at a school, nonprofit organization, teacher training institution, or other educational organization abroad?
If you answered yes, click here to learn more.
Applications are currently closed for this program, but you can learn about eligibility and selection processes.
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program is open to full-time elementary, middle, and high school educators who are employed at a public, private (secular or faith-based), or charter school in the United States, or within the Department of Defense Education Activity at the elementary, middle, or high school level (K–12).
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term participants 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 applicants 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.
Outstanding applicants include those with a demonstrated record of professional leadership and accomplishment in teaching, and demonstrated experience conducting professional learning workshops.
Learn more by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.
If you have any questions, please contact FulbrightDAST@irex.org.
It’s broadened my impact as an educator. I’ve been teaching for 36 years. Now I’m helping kids to learn on the other side of the globe. And that feels pretty cool.