Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.  

The 2022-2023 Fulbright TEA Program will bring international secondary-level teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language, math, science, foreign languages, and social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects, to the United States for a six-week program in January 2023 or September 2023 to take academic seminars for professional development at a host university and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools. 

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational and professional experience, academic training, and leadership. The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs and will make a final decision on program participants. 

An independent review committee will be convened to select participants for the program through merit-based competition. 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS  

Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:  

1) Take part in tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university.  

2) Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.  

3) Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of the U.S. and Kazakhstan educational systems; and  

4) Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States.  

Upon returning home, teachers will share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and communities. 

UNIVERSITY COURSEWORK  

Weekly Seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The Fulbright TEA Program provides academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.  

U.S. School Placements: The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in a U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.  

Online Professional Learning Community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries. 

Recommendation: Please don’t approach educational centers, consultants, or program alumni to seek help with essay writing. Every application will be thoroughly screened. Candidates will be immediately disqualified from the program upon finding that he/she violated academic integrity rules, and from that moment their applications will not be considered for any other USG exchange programs. If you know that a Fulbright TEA applicant didn’t write their own application essay, please send us an email at Nur-SultanInfo@state.gov 

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND TIMELINE 

  • Deadline: February 19, 2022, by 18:00 Almaty time 
  • Short-listed applicants go through virtual interviews and TOEFL testing in April 2022 
  • Applicants will be notified about the final decision in August 2022 
  • Spring 2023 Finalists will have a Pre-Departure Orientation session prior to traveling to the United States in November – December 2022. Participants will attend the six-week program in January – March 2023. 
  • Fall 2023 Finalists will have a Pre-Program Departure Orientation prior to traveling to the United States in June – July 2023. Participants will attend the six-week program in September – October 2023. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

Applicants must: 

  • Be a current secondary-level*, full-time teacher of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, foreign language, or social studies, or a special education teacher in those subjects, at an institution serving primarily a local population; 
  • hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent;  
  • have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program. The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools or districts; 
  • reside and work in Kazakhstan at the time of application and of program participation; 
  • have sufficient oral and written English language skills to take part in specialized seminars and give presentations in U.S. schools;  
  • be able to demonstrate English language proficiency by attaining a minimum score of 450 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an equivalent exam;  
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and  
  • Submit a complete application. 

*Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age.  Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50 percent of their work time in order to be eligible.   

INDIVIDUALS IN THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE FULBRIGHT TEA (GENERAL PEDAGOGY) PROGRAM: 

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States; 
  • individuals who have already studied in the U.S. or abroad, either for short-term or to obtain a degree; 
  • Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who do not teach at least 50 percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates. 
  • Local employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment; 
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment; 
  • Current IREX employees and their immediate family members. 

THE FULBRIGHT TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM PROVIDES: 

  • J-1 visa support 
  • Roundtrip airfare 
  • Accommodations, meals, and incidentals for the duration of the program 
  • Accident and sickness medical coverage (supplementary to participant’s existing insurance) 
  • An end-of program workshop in Washington, D.C. 
  • Professional development and cultural activities 

The online application is available at: https://fulbright.irex.org/ until February 19, 2022, 18:00 Almaty time. 

Please visit the Fulbright program website to learn more: www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org 

If you have any questions, please send them to SmithSE2@State.gov   

Please download and view instructions on filling the online application here,  ISRF, and LAF forms.