Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level teachers to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to four months abroad. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.
IIE works with U.S. Embassies and consulates, Fulbright Commissions and other organizations to link U.S. teachers with a host institution in their preferred country. Once abroad, academic support will be provided by a host institution advisor who will support the U.S. teacher and help contribute to the design and activities of the project. Capstone project support will also be provided via an online module led by staff at a U.S. university. As part of the program, teachers will also participate in a virtual community with other participants to collaborate and share best practices about education in the participating countries. Upon returning to the U.S., participants 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.
Teachers of all subjects, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians may apply to this program for the opportunity to go abroad for three to four months to study in an overseas research center or university, work within local schools in the host country, and to complete a capstone project that should enhance their learning and have practical applications to their teaching (see the Capstone Project page for sample projects).
U.S. applicants choose one of two strands as a focus for their program, in particular their capstone projects. The strands reflect the importance of a world class education that integrates best practices from other countries into U.S. education and develops all students’ global knowledge and skills.
Teachers in this strand develop capstone projects to learn from the best educational practices and policies of their host country. These may include, but are not limited to, the study and adaptation of strategies used by this country to achieve educational excellence.
Teachers in this strand develop capstone projects to create curriculum, design professional development workshops or engage in activities that build students’ global competence and ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action*.
*For more information please see Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World by Veronica Boix Mansilla and Anthony Jackson.
As part of the program, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:
For more information, please read the Program Overview for 2014-2015 U.S. Grantees.
Upon return, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers: