Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program Selection Process

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.

Additional consideration will be given to applicants who:

  • work in high-need schools or districts, defined as having a student population that:
    • is of high socioeconomic need, especially where 40% or more qualifies for Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARMS);
    • includes a significant representation of racial and ethnic minorities;
    • includes a significant representation of students with disabilities;
    • includes a significant representation of at-risk students and/or other under-resourced groups;
  • have at least five years of full-time teaching experience in the United States, a U.S. territory, or a school associated with the Department of Defense Education Activity;
  • have a record of service in the U.S. armed forces;
  • make clear that they commit to working the U.S. K–12 educational sector after completing the program;
  • have NOT had significant previous professional experience(s) abroad (Fulbright or other). Professional experience abroad includes study, teaching, research, or professional development. It does not include personal travel, undergraduate study abroad, leading student trips, religious or volunteer trips, service in the U.S. armed forces, or serving in the Peace Corps; and
  • do NOT hold a Ph.D. in international education or a closely related field.

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

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Program Resources

Access more than 450 resource guides created by Fulbright TGC alumni in the Global Education Guides Resource Library.

You can also learn more by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.


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