Fulbright Distinguished Awards for Teaching Short-Term Program

Ever dreamed of sharing your teaching expertise with peers in another country? Expert K–12 educators from the United States can travel to participating countries and territories abroad to carry out short-term educational projects through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program. Participants spend 2-6 weeks working in schools, teacher training colleges, government ministries, and/or educational nongovernmental organizations, as identified by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions. 2021-2022 projects will take place in ColombiaMexicoIsraelthe PhilippinesSpainUganda, and Vietnam. Application deadline: October 15, 2021.
Leave Approval Form
These projects often take place during the U.S. school year. In order to ensure that selected applicants are able to spend 2-6 weeks away from their schools carrying out the project, applicants are required to submit a Leave Approval Form (found in section VIII. of the application) signed by the head of school (or another official authorized to grant leave) where they are currently employed. Start the discussion with your school’s administration as soon as possible!

Two Professional References
Enter the email addresses of your direct supervisor and a trusted professional reference in section IX of the application. Be sure to follow up with them to make sure that they complete the references before the application deadline (October 15, 2021). Note that you will not be able to submit your application until these references are submitted on your behalf. Reach out to them today!

Updated Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility criteria has been updated for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program. Applicants for the 2022 program must hold a Bachelor’s degree instead of a Master’s degree or National Board Certification. In addition, applicants are now required to have had 3 years of full time teaching experience instead of 5 years (some projects may indicate preference for applications that hold a Master’s degree or have 3+ years teaching experience).

Fulbright Teacher Exchanges Applicants Facebook Group
Have questions about Fulbright Teacher Exchanges? Interested in asking alumni about their Fulbright Teacher Exchanges experiences or strategies for completing the application? We invite you to join the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Applicants Facebook group!
Application Deadline: October 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
Applicants Notified: By January 2022
Earliest Departure Date (Country Dependent): March 2022

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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