Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Applicants:


Current full-time elementary through high school teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators, media specialists/librarians, and other types of teachers or instructional staff who work with students at least 50% of the time are eligible to apply.

To meet the basic eligibility requirements of the program, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be fluent in English;
  • Hold a Master’s degree (or be enrolled in a Master’s program at the time of application);
  • Be employed full-time at an accredited school in the U.S. or in a U.S. territory;
    • For the purpose of determining eligibility, "full-time" refers to applicants who are currently employed full-time by a school or school district. Teachers who hold a combination of part-time jobs which may add up to a full-time equivalent are not eligible;
  • Spend at least 50% of their time teaching or working directly with primary or secondary level students;
  • Have taught primary or secondary students for at least five years;
    • At the time of application, teachers should be in at least their fifth year of full-time teaching. If selected, the year of the Fulbright Program would be the teacher's sixth (or more) year of full-time teaching. Teachers who are in their fourth year (or less) of full-time teaching at the time of application are not eligible;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting professional development activities;
  • Demonstrate accomplishment in teaching or having previously received teaching awards or exemplary evaluations;
  • Meet current Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies for U.S. teachers.

Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in the program and to those whose projects will reach under served and/or under resourced populations, as measured by Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS) rates in the U.S.

All interested applicants should read the Participating Countries section before applying. This section contains information on specific requirements for in-country placement. Applicants may not choose countries that are not listed in the Participating Countries section.

Diversity:

Participants in U.S. Department of State programs should represent the diversity of political, social and cultural life. Diversity should be interpreted in the broadest sense and encompass differences including but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, social-economic status, disabilities and sexual orientation.