2020 - 2021 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (FTEA) is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. It is part of the overall Fulbright Program, named in honor of Senator J. William Fulbright, which promotes mutual understanding among people of the United States and other countries. The Fulbright TEA Program will provide approximately 160 secondary school teachers from East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with a unique opportunity to develop greater expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The Fulbright TEA program is a six-week non-degree, non-credit academic program at a U.S. University. The international participants will travel to the United States for one of two six-week professional development programs in either January 2021 or September 2021. The program provides academic seminars on teaching methodologies and strategies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology training. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. It will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

 

After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to compete for small grants awards for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools and their home schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
 

Applicants must:

  • Be full-time school teachers (6th to 12th grades) in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population;
  • Have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program in FTEA teaching disciplines: English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or Special Education;
  • Live and teach in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli;
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree;
  • Be citizens of and residents in India;
  • Be present in India at the time of submitting the application and for the interview;
  • Obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper based TOEFL or 61 on iBT TOEFL or equivalent English language examination*;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

 

*A limited number of participants with TOEFL scores between 425 and 450, or equivalent, will be into a special cohort with additional English language training provided. TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application. If you are short-listed for interview, USIEF will administer the TOEFL or an equivalent of English proficiency test.

 

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. The FTEA Program supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply.

 

Former participants of TEA, the International Leaders in Education (ILEP) program, Partners in Education (PiE), Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program are not eligible to apply. If you have participated in other U.S. government-funded professional development exchange programs, please talk to USIEF about your eligibility.

 

FTEA is a program for practicing teachers. Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, are not eligible. Staff or families of staff at a U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission are not eligible to apply.

 

Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any IREX-implemented grant programs, either as individuals or as the responsible party representing an institutional applicant. IREX does not discriminate against grant applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law.

 

APPLICATIONS NOT MEETING THE ABOVE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE FORWARDED TO THE SELECTION COMMITTEE.

 

IREX reserves the right to verify all the information included in the application. If there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

 

PROVISIONS OF THE FELLOWSHIP

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • Transportation to the practicum school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program;
  • A baggage allowance;
  • An end-of-program workshop in Washington, D.C., and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
 

Fulbright TEA Fellows will be selected through a merit-based open competition based on the criteria below. Top candidates will be interviewed by an interview panel and must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or provide valid results from within the past year (test date no earlier than June 2019).

 

Selection Criteria (not in order of importance):

  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching in the field of secondary education;
  • Demonstrated leadership potential;
  • Professional and educational experience and achievements;
  • Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and Indian educational institutions and schools;
  • Preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive U.S.-based training program with very limited free time for personal travel or sightseeing;
  • Willingness and capacity to work and live collaboratively with international peers to foster a positive learning community for professional development;
  • Articulated ideas for applying program experience to improving secondary education in the home country;
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively;
  • English language skills adequate to manage coursework, develop lesson plans, and team-teach in U.S. schools (a minimum paper-based or equivalent TOEFL score of 450 or 61 on internet based TOEFL is required for FTEA participation);
  • Applicants who have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S. will be given priority;
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are members of or who work with students from under-served communities or traditionally underrepresented groups including but not limited to women, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, and the LGBTI community; and
  • Preference will also be given to applicants who have not previously received a Fulbright grant.

 

HOW TO APPLY

You are required to submit an online application along with supporting documents. Candidates can access the online application at https://oas.irex.org/fulbrighttea.

For instructions on completing the online application, please click here.

Please note that USIEF will accept only online applications from Indian applicants. Paper applications will not be accepted.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 16, 2020


PROGRAM TIMELINE

March 16, 2020 Application Deadline
Mid-April 2020 Paper screening of the applications
Early May 2020 TOEFL Testing/ Interviews
September 2020 Notifications of Finalists
December 2020 Pre-Departure Orientation Cohort I
Late January-March 2021 U.S. Program Dates Cohort I
July 2021 Pre-Departure Orientation Cohort II
September-November 2021 U.S. Program Dates Cohort II


CONTACT INFORMATION
 

If you have any questions:

 

Teachers teaching in the states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli should contact Dr. Ryan A. Pereira, Regional Officer, USIEF Mumbai Regional Office, Mumbai, E: ryan@usief.org.in; Phone: 022 2262 4603

 

Teachers teaching in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana should contact Ms. Pranitha Hemanth, Administrative and EducationUSA Coordinator, USIEF Hyderabad Regional Office, Hyderabad, E: usiefhyderabad@usief.org.in; Phone: 8008465712.

 

Teachers teaching in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands should contact Ms. Lalitha Nagesvari, Program Manager, USIEF Chennai Regional Office, Chennai, E: usiefchennai@usief.org.in; Phone: 044-2857 4275.