2019-2020 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for international teachers (Fulbright DAI) is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. It is part of the overall Fulbright Program, named in honor of Senator J. William Fulbright, which promotes mutual understanding among people of the United States and other countries. The 2019-2020 program will mark the tenth year of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. The program will bring approximately 54 international teachers to the U.S. for a semester. For international teachers, the program is open to teachers from Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Finland, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda and United Kingdom. Up to four teachers from India will participate in the program.

Fulbright DAI is a semester-long non-degree, non-credit, professional development program at a U.S. university. Selected international participants will be placed at a U.S. host university School of Education from January 2020 to May 2020. The program will provide with a unique opportunity to pursue individual or group projects, take courses for professional development at a host university, and observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university or local primary and secondary schools. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program.

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


Eligibility Requirements

The applicant should:

  • Be a citizen of India and reside in India at the time of application.
  • Live and teach in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli;
  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree. A teacher training degree is preferred.
  • Be a full-time teacher teaching any subject at any level (primary, middle, secondary or senior secondary).
  • Have completed at least five years of full-time teaching experience at the program start.
  • Primary and secondary level library media specialists, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, special education coordinators, and administrators who spend at least fifty percent of their time teaching or working directly with students may also apply to the program.
  • Teacher trainers are eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrate good English language competence.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching or working in their field after completion of the program;

If you have taken any standard test of English language proficiency such as the TOEFL or IELTS, please attach a photocopy of the score report to your application. If you have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS and are selected as a nominee, you will be required to take the TOEFL in May 2019. USIEF will provide fee vouchers towards the TOEFL exam. The nominee should possess an internet based TOEFL score of 61 or an IELTS score of 6.5.

Fulbright DAI is a program for practicing teachers and other educators working in elementary or secondary schools. Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or educational administrators, university faculty, private English Language tutors, are not eligible.

Provisions of the fellowship

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in India;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
  • A Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • Transportation to local school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program;
  • A baggage allowance;
  • A technology allowance; and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.

Dependents can accompany the program participants. Grantees are responsible for all costs for family members while in the U.S. and must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to support their family while in the U.S.

Selection Process

Fellows will be selected through a merit-based open competition. After the application deadline, a screening committee will review all eligible applications. Short listed candidates will be interviewed by a committee in New Delhi which will select nominees whose names will be forwarded to Washington, D.C. for further consideration. Nominees will be required to take the iBT TOEFL examination in May 2019. All nominations from the participating countries will be reviewed by independent panels of educational experts in Washington, D.C. The panel will then recommend selected applications for further consideration and approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). All candidates will be notified of their status in September 2019.

Selection Criteria (not in order of importance):

  • Demonstrated commitment to elementary or secondary education;
  • Demonstrated leadership potential;
  • Professional and educational experience and achievements;
  • Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and Indian educational institutions and schools;
  • Preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive U.S.-based training program with very limited free time for personal travel or sightseeing;
  • Willingness and capacity to work and live collaboratively with international peers to foster a positive learning community for professional development;
  • Articulated ideas for applying program experience to improving primary or secondary education in home country upon return;
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively;
  • English language skills adequate to manage coursework, develop lesson plans, and team-teach in U.S. schools.

Preference will be given to applicants who are members of or who work with students from under-served communities or traditionally underrepresented groups including but not limited to women, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, the LGBTI community. Preference will also be given to applicants who have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S., and who have not previously received a Fulbright grant. Teachers who have participated in the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) are not eligible for Fulbright DAI. Teachers who have participated in the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program may apply for Fulbright DAI subject to the selection criteria listed above.

Application Procedure

You must submit an application online. Click https://oas.irex.org/fulbrightdai to access the online application.

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Once you submit your online application print a copy for your record. The paper copy of your Leave Authorization form, forwarded through the appropriate administrative authority/official must reach USIEF Delhi, 12 Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001, no later than March 1, 2019. Please write ATTN: Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program on the envelope. Please do not send the paper copy of the application form.

Program Timeline

Application deadline: March 1, 2019
Screening of applications: end-March 2019
National interviews in Delhi: mid-April 2019
Notifications of finalists: September 2019

Contact Information

If you have any questions,
Teachers teaching in the states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli should contact Mr. Ryan A. Pereira, Regional Officer, USIEF Mumbai Regional Office, Mumbai, E: Ryan@usief.org.in; Phone: 022 2262 4603 Application Deadline is March 1, 2018

Teachers teaching in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana should contact Ms. Pranitha Hemanth, Administrative and EducationUSA Coordinator, USIEF Hyderabad Regional Office, Hyderabad, E: usiefhyderabad@usief.org.in; Phone: 8008465712.

Teachers teaching in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands should contact Ms. Lalitha Nagesvari, Program Manager, USIEF Chennai Regional Office, Chennai, E: usiefchennai@usief.org.in; Phone: 044-2857 4275.

Application Deadline is March 1, 2019