Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement (TEA) Program

Fulbright TEA brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program that offers academic seminars for professional development at a host university.

Deadline: March 21, 2020

Application cycle:

December 1, 2019

March 21, 2020

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The Fulbright TEA Program provides outstanding secondary school teachers with a unique opportunity to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States through a six-week non-degree, non-credit academic program to take seminars for professional development at a host university, and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at that university and at local secondary schools.

The Fulbright TEA Program will provide approximately 170 fellowships to international secondary- school teachers from around the world. The international participants will travel to the United States for one of two six-week professional development programs in either Spring of 2021 or Fall of 2021.

The academic seminars that the Fulbright TEA Program will provide focuses on new teaching methodologies, content-based instruction, project-based learning, infusing thematic topics into curriculum, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. The program will include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to compete for small grant awards for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools and their home schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

The Fulbright (TEA) program seeks to

  • Equip teachers with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methods, content-based instruction, project-based learning, lesson planning, and instructional technology.
  • Create among educators a more nuanced understanding of the United States.
  • Develop productive and lasting relationships and mutual understanding between U.S. and international teachers and their students.
  • Contribute to improved teaching in participating countries and communities by preparing participants to serve as stronger teacher leaders who, upon returning home, will apply and share their experience and skills with their peers and students.
  • Make U.S. students more aware of other countries around the world through interaction with international teachers.

Eligible teaching disciplines for the Fulbright (TEA) program

  • English or English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
  • Social Studies (civics, history, geography, global studies, etc.)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education in the disciplines listed above

Eligibility requirements

  • 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
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Have a five or more years of full-time teaching experience
  • Citizen and resident of Jordan at time of application
  • Other requirements as indicated in the application

An independent review committee will be convened to select participants for the program on a merit basis.

The Fulbright TEA Program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. The Fulbright TEA Program supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply.

Who is not eligible for the award

Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.

Staff or families of staff at a U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission are not eligible to apply. Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any IREX-implemented grant programs.

Former participants of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program, the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, the Partners in Education (PiE) program, or Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programs are not eligible to apply. If you have participated in other U.S. government-funded professional development exchange programs, please contact the Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy in your country to inquire about your eligibility.

What the fellowship covers

  • J-1 visa support
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.
  • Academic program fees
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals
  • Accident and sickness health care coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions)
  • Transportation to the practicum school (as needed)
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program
  • A baggage allowance
  • An end-of-program workshop in Washington, D.C.
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing

Program timeline

  • Accepting applications --- December 2019 – April 2020
  • Applicants notified: September 2020
  • Spring 2021 Cohort Program --- January – March 2021
  • Fall 2021 Cohort Program --- September – October 2021

The Fulbright TEA program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.

How to apply

Register and fill an online form through this link:

To learn more about the program, visit:


The Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan strives to ensure that its efforts reflect the diversity of both, Jordanian and American societies. The Commission seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences in all its scholarships, grants, programs and other higher educational exchange activities and its workforce and workplace. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio- economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Commission is committed to fairness, equity and inclusion.



Required Tests

Required Documents

Required Characteristics

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Program Components

English language proficiency


Required Essays and Letters

Recommendation letters

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J-1 Visa

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