How to Apply to the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program

Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens who reside in the United States, a U.S. territory, or who work on a campus within the Department of Defense Education Activity. Applicants must have five years of full-time teaching experience in the U.S., a U.S. territory, or school associated with the Department of Defense Education Activity. Language requirements, if any, will be indicated in the project description.

Eligible K–12 positions include classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators, special education coordinators, media specialists, librarians, gifted and talented coordinators, and others located in a K–12 environment.

Applicants must have a master’s degree or be enrolled in a master’s degree program and/or be certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards at the time of application.

The application to the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term can be found in IREX’s Online Application System. The application includes sections to enter personal and professional demographics, educational and certification information, language proficiency, and an opportunity to answer, in short essays, questions about the applicant’s goals for the program, their background and experience, and how they might leverage the experience for impact in their school community.

Applicants are asked to demonstrate how their skills and experience qualify them to fulfill the project activities in the project for which they are applying.

The application also requires the submission of references and certain documentation:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional reference from someone the applicant has worked with in a professional capacity
  • Professional reference from the applicant’s school or district lead administrator
  • Leave Approval Form
  • Verification of master’s degree conferred or enrollment, or certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 
  • 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) Only one applicant will be selected for each opportunity, unless noted otherwise in the project description.

Applicants are considered individually, and team applications will not be accepted.

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