Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program

A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), implemented by IREX

The 2018-2019 program will mark the twenty-second year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program and the first year the program will be known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program.

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program will bring international teachers to the United States either spring or fall of 2019 for a six-week program that offers academic seminars for professional development at a host university.  Participants will observe classrooms and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools.  Program supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply.  For this year Kazakhstan has two slots for Fulbright TEA program.

After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to compete for small grant 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.

How does Fulbright TEA improve classrooms, schools, and communities?

Expanding subject knowledge
Student-centered teaching methods
Technology for the classroom
Observing & teaching in U.S. classrooms (40 hours of practicum)
Professional leadership skills & planning
Focus on global impact and building mutual understanding


  • Current secondary level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies (civics, history, geography, sociology, economics, etc.), including special education teachers in those subjects at an institution serving primarily a local population
  • Five years of full-time teaching experience
  • Citizen and resident of Kazakhstan
  • Have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S.
  • Have not previously received a Fulbright teacher grant.
  • Candidates should be planning to continue working in secondary education for at least five years after the conclusion of the program.

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.;
  • A Welcome Program at the host university;
  • 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 professional development allowance;
  • An end-of-program workshop in Washington, D.C., and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.

Please upload into the online application system:

  1. Fully completed online application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed;
  2. Hand signed Privacy Policy;
  3. Institutional Support and Reference Form completed by your supervisor at the school where you are employed; English translation must be provided.
  4. Leave Approval Form signed by your school director, where you are employed. An
  5. A copy of the photo and information pages of your passport (or photo identification).

Program timeline

April 15, 2018 Application Deadline
May 1-20, 2018 Selection Interviews
May 20-31, 2018 TOEFL Testing (Semi-finalists need to demonstrate English language proficiency by scoring a minimum of 45 scores out of 120 on the ibT TOEFL).
September 15-30, 2018 Notification of Finalists
November – December 2018 Pre-Departure Orientation for Cohort I teachers by the U.S. Embassy.
January – March 2019 Fulbright teachers begin their program in the United States.
June – July 2019 Pre-Departure Orientation for Cohort II teachers by the U.S. Embassy.
September – November 2019 U.S. Program Dates Cohort II Fulbright teachers begin their program in the United States.

How to Apply

The online application is available at: http://oas.irex.org/fulbrighttea

Please click here (PDF, 679 KB) to view online application instructions IREX-Fulbright TEA OAS Applicant Guide.