The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the Fulbright TEA Program


The U.S. Department of State and IREX announce a program for outstanding international secondary-level school teachers to come to the U.S. for a professional development opportunity. The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program that offers academic seminars for professional development at a host university. The Fulbright TEA Program seeks to enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching discipline and equip them with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methods, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants observe classrooms 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 experience, academic training, leadership and professional experience. Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university; observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools; participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and take part in other education and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

U.S. Embassy will select two finalists from Azerbaijan to participate in the program. Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities. Preference will be given to applicants teaching in the regions, however everyone is welcome to apply.

Cohort I:

November-December 2018: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Cohort I teachers. Late January 2019: Fulbright teachers begin their program in the United States.

Cohort II:

June-July 2019: Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Cohort II teachers. Mid-September 2019: Fulbright teachers begin their program in the United States.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects at an institution serving primarily a local population;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program;
  • Reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application and of program participation;
  • Earn a minimum score of 450 on the paper based TOEFL or an equivalent English language examination;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

Non-eligible candidates

Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible. Teachers working at local private schools are ineligible to apply.

The deadline for online applications submission: 1 March, 2018

For more information please visit IREX TEA website: http://irex.org/fulbright-tea
The online application is available at: https://oas.irex.org/fulbrighttea/Logon?ReturnUrl=%2ffulbrighttea

If you have any questions, please, email to Bakueducation@state.gov.