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2024/2025 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers

Application Deadline: March 21, 2024

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI) 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 program will bring approximately 50 international teachers to the U.S. for a semester. For international teachers, the program is open to teachers from Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Finland, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda, and United Kingdom. Up to five teachers from India will participate in the program.

Fulbright DAI is a semester-long non-degree, non-credit, professional development program at a U.S. university. Selected international participants will be placed at a U.S. host university School of Education from August 2025 to December 2025. The program will provide with a unique opportunity to develop greater expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, increase their knowledge about the United States, and complete an individual or group project. Participants will audit courses in the host university’s school or department of education, and thus will be part of the university community. The program will include opportunities to observe and co-teach with U.S. teachers in a U.S. school near the host university, to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided 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, to offer follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

Eligibility Requirements
The applicant should:

  • be a citizen of India and reside in India at the time of application.
  • live and teach in India.
  • hold at least a bachelor’s degree. A teacher training degree is preferred.
  • be a full-time teacher teaching any subject at any level (primary, middle, secondary, or senior secondary).
  • primary and secondary level library media specialists, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, special education coordinators, and administrators who spend at least fifty percent of their time teaching or working directly with students may also apply to the program.
  • Teacher trainers working with elementary, or secondary pre-service or in-service teachers are eligible to apply.
  • have completed at least five years of full-time teaching experience at the program start.
  • demonstrate English language skills adequate to audit university courses and to teach, lead seminars, and give presentations in U.S. schools.
  • demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching or working in their field after completion of the program.
  • plan to continue working in elementary or secondary education for at least five years after the conclusion of the program.

Benefits

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in India;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
  • A welcome and end of program workshop:
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • Transportation to local school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program;
  • A professional development allowance;
  • A baggage allowance;
  • A technology allowance; and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.

Dependents cannot accompany the program participants.

Program Timeline

Application deadline:March 21, 2024
Screening of applications:Early May 2024
Interviews of short-listed candidates:End May 2024
Notification of finalists:December 2024
Pre-departure orientation in IndiaJune 2025
U.S. Program datesAugust – December 2025

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