How we select participants for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program

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.

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

Applications are evaluated on overall quality, the applicant’s qualifications, the benefit of the program for both the applicant and the applicant’s school, and clear demonstration of educational leadership.

Other criteria include:

  • Commitment to working in K–12 education after completing the program
  • Preference for applicants working in high-need schools or districts, or with traditionally underserved populations
  • Ability to travel for the entirety of the program
  • Professional and educational experience and leadership
  • Commitment to professional learning
  • Effective communication and potential to be an ambassador of the program
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence

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

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