Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

Learn what this program's participants 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 Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program brings international secondary-level educators to the United States for a six-week professional learning opportunity at a host university. Participants take part in academic seminars, observe and co-teach in U.S. classrooms, and collaborate on best educational practices with educators and students at the host university and at local secondary schools. Participants engage in various civic and cultural activities in their host communities to promote mutual understanding.

Program Description

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement participants attend academic seminars at a host university that focus on topics such as new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, instructional technology, and content-based instruction. Participants complete a minimum of 40 hours in a field experience with a U.S. partner educator of their same or a similar discipline in a local secondary school. Participants also learn about the United States and their host communities through an offering of cultural activities. Applicants may choose the general program or apply for a cohort focused on gender, media literacy or climate education.


Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria Burkina Faso, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Romania, Solomon Islands, Serbia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank/Gaza, Zambia

Is this program right for you?

Are you currently a full-time, secondary-level educator living and working in one of the participating Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement countries or territories and looking to explore new teaching methodologies, to develop your skills with instructional technology, and learn about the U.S. educational system?

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement is open to educators in all disciplines including English as a foreign language, foreign languages, journalism, communications, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), social studies, special education, and others at institutions serving primarily a local population. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience, and demonstrate English language proficiency. Applicants must have the ability to travel to the United States for six weeks.

2021 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program participants at a school visit in Bozeman, Montana

How to apply

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program is open to full-time 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.

How we select participants

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement participants are selected through an open competition. Applications are reviewed by U.S. Embassies and/or Fulbright Commissions in participating countries and nominated according to a number of evaluation criteria. Preference for applicants who have not participated in another Fulbright program and have not had significant previous professional experience abroad in the last five years (study, teaching, research, or employment). The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board approves all final nominations.

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 participants 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.

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

Program Resources


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