Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (FTEA)

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program. APPLICATION DEADLINE:  March 15, 2020


Program Information:

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) 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 J. 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 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

The Fulbright 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. 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.


Program Dates:

Cohort I:

Fulbright teachers selected for this cohort begin their program in January, 2021.

Cohort II:
Fulbright teachers selected for this cohort begin their program in September, 2021.


Who Can Apply:

Applicants must:

  • Be Iraqi citizens who are residents in Iraq.
  • Be current secondary level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies (civics, history, geography, global studies, etc.), including special education teachers in those subjects at an institution serving primarily a local population.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • Have a minimum of five years of full-time teaching experience.
  • Be able to demonstrate English language proficiency by attaining a minimum score of 450 on the TOEFL or an equivalent exam. Note: TOEFL score is not required at the time of application.  Candidates who are selected after application review will be required to take the TOEFL exam as part of the selection process. Test fees will be covered by the program.
  • Submit a complete application form including an Institutional Support and Reference Form to be completed by the applicant’s supervisor and a Leave Approval Form to be completed by the school director. Please refer to “How to Apply” below for more information.

The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools or districts.


Program Components:

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

1) Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes 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) 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

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

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.



The program covers:

  • Travel: Teachers will be provided with a round-trip airline ticket to the United States.
  • Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing that is arranged for them.
  • Finances: Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, medical co-payments, and cultural and other activities. Also included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services. Costs associated with housing, required program activities, and other program-related expenses are paid in advance by the Fulbright TEA Program and may vary by host university.


How to Apply:

The online application is available at FulbrightTeacherExchanges.org . Please select General Pedagogy Cohort. The Media Literacy Cohort is not available in Iraq.

Before you apply, please click here for specific instructions on how to complete the online application.

J visa sponsorship is offered only to the Iraq Fulbright scholarship award recipient.  J-2 visa dependents (spouses and children under the age of 21) cannot accompany the Iraqi scholarship recipient on his/her study program.


For questions, please contact FulbrightTEA@irex.org. Application Deadline is March 15, 2020.