How to Apply to the Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program


To be eligible for the Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program, the applicant must: 

• be a U.S. citizen who resides in the United States, a U.S. territory, or who works on a campus within the Department of Defense Education Activity;

• be a school and/or district administrator with five or more years of experience working as an administrator in a K–12 setting (eligible titles include, but are not limited to: principal, assistant principal, superintendent, assistant superintendent, dean, associate/assistant dean, head of school, director);

• be employed full-time* as a K–12 school and/or district administrator at a public, charter, private (secular and religious) school or district in the U.S., a U.S. territory, or within the Department of Defense Education Activity; and

• hold at least a master’s degree.

*Full-time employment as an administrator is defined as having 90% or more of contracted time spent in an administrative function, such as providing instructional leadership and developing, implementing, and evaluating district and school systems and policies.

Applications are encouraged from administrators who demonstrate in their applications a commitment to remaining in the field of U.S. K-12 education following their participation in the Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program.  


The application to Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools can be found on IREX’s Online Application System. The application includes sections to enter personal and professional demographics, education and certification information, language proficiency, and an opportunity to answer short essay questions about the applicant’s purpose and goals for participating in the Program. The short essay questions prompt applicants to describe their reasons for applying to the Program, how their participation in the Program will enable them to benefit their school communities, how they define 'educational leadership', and what they think are the most crucial challenges facing currently their educational community.

Applicants should be prepared to submit a professional reference from their direct supervisor and/or a member of the school board in support of their application. If selected, applicants will need to submit a leave authorization form signed by their employer confirming that they can travel during the Program's dates. This form will be provided to selected participants.

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