International Leaders in Education Program

The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. ILEP consists of a semester-long non-degree, non-credit academic program at a U.S. University including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and teaching strategies. Participants will audit two courses in the host university’s School or Department of Education and participate in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near the host university. All participants will also receive a technology allowance and instructional technology training. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program. ILEP will commence in January 2015 and conclude in May 2015. 

Upon returning home, ILEP alumni are eligible to apply for small grants for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between schools in their home country and the United States, and other activities that build on their U.S. experience. 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a full-time school teacher (6th to 12th grades) with five or more years of classroom experience in English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Special Education;
  • Be citizens of and residents in India;
  • Live and teach in the states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and all Union Territories in the West;
  • Have proficiency in written and spoken English with a PBT TOEFL score of 500 or higher (61 iBT)*;
  • Continue teaching after completion of the program;
  • Have submitted a complete application.

* TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application. If you are short-listed for interview, USIEF will administer the TOEFL or an equivalent of English proficiency test

The ILEP fellowship is fully funded and provides:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
  • A Welcome Program workshop in Washington, D.C.;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical coverage;
  • Transportation to the field experience school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for meals and incidentals during the University program;
  • A technology allowance;
  • A book/professional development allowance;
  • A baggage/shipping allowance (domestic and international);
  • A Closing Workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

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For any queries, please contact: Ms. Sucharita Narayanan, Regional Officer, USIEF-Mumbai United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) Regional Office – Mumbai Maker Bhavan-1 (2nd Floor), New Marine Lines, Churchgate (E), Mumbai 400 020 Tel: 022 – 2262 4603, Email: