The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and IREX Invite Proposals to Host Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programs!

IREX is soliciting proposals from U.S. universities to serve as hosts for educators in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching for International Teachers (DAI) Program and the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program.

About the Programs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) offers a suite of Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programs funded by Congress for U.S. and international educators. Under sponsorship of ECA, IREX administers the programs under a cooperative agreement.

IREX is soliciting proposals from U.S. universities to serve as hosts for educators in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching for International Teachers (DAI) Program and the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program.

The Fulbright DAI and Fulbright TEA programs bring international educators to the United States for professional development at a U.S. host university for four and a half months or six weeks, respectively, and allows them to learn from and share their expertise with teachers and students at their host university and local educational institutions. Fulbright DAI and Fulbright TEA are non-degree, non-credit programs for experienced teachers that include specialized seminars, cultural activities and field experiences with U.S. partner teachers in schools near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment.

These professional learning programs provide opportunities for elementary and secondary educators in the United States and around the world to share educational practices and bring global skills and perspectives to their schools. Through these exchanges, educators forge lasting connections and prepare their students to be future leaders, equipped to work with others around the world to address global challenges.

FULBRIGHT DAI

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI) is a four and a half-month professional development program for primary and secondary school educators and teacher trainers. Participants will audit graduate or high-level undergraduate courses, participate in optional technology training, and complete an individual or group project with guidance from a faculty advisor. A Fulbright Seminar offers opportunities for participants to discuss their experiences in U.S. schools, strategies for completing their projects, and other topics they identify in consultation with university staff.

Details: Seeking up to 3 Host Universities | 45-50 international educators total | 17 countries | Fall 2022. Additional details are provided in the RFP document.

FULBRIGHT TEA

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program is a six-week professional development program for full-time practicing secondary school teachers. The program offers seminars on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, action planning, instructional technology training; and intensive English language instruction as needed. Universities may apply to host a cohort of educators in the broad general pedagogical topics mentioned above, or in one of three specialized areas, which would involve supplanting some of the general pedagogy material with seminars that take a more in-depth and practical look at one of these three themes:

  1. Media Literacy
  2. Gender in Education
  3. Supplemental English

Details: Seeking up to 10 Host Universities offering General Pedagogy with the opportunity to specialize in Media Literacy, Gender Education, or supplemental English) | 212 international educators total | approximately 70 countries and territories worldwide | Spring or Fall 2022. Additional details are provided in the RFP document.

Who is eligible to apply

ECA and IREX intend to solicit proposals from institutions across the United States that reflect diversity within higher education in the United States and that are equipped to meet the specific requirements of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange programs.

U.S. Universities may submit a proposal for the Fulbright DAI or the Fulbright TEA program, or they may submit two proposals for both programs. If your university intends to apply for both programs, please submit a separate proposal for each program.

Proposals will be reviewed by an independent selection committee that will make recommendations to ECA for funding. The strongest applicants who apply to both Fulbright DAI and Fulbright TEA programs may qualify for both programs but may receive only one award. If you are applying to both programs, please indicate if you have a preference should you qualify for both.

Deadline

Proposals for both the Fulbright DAI and Fulbright TEA Programs are due to IREX by 5:00 PM EDT on April 23, 2021.

How to apply

Please download a detailed Request for Proposals document for the Fulbright DAI or Fulbright TEA programs:

For more information on each program, please also visit https://exchanges.state.gov/

For specific questions regarding the Fulbright DAI application, please contact FulbrightDAI@irex.org.

For specific questions regarding the Fulbright TEA application, please contact FulbrightTEA@irex.org.

Submission instructions

Proposals to host the Fulbright DAI program can be sent to: FulbrightDAI@irex.org.

Proposals to host the Fulbright TEA program can be sent to: FulbrightTEA@irex.org.

Proposals will be reviewed by an independent selection committee that will make recommendations to ECA for funding.