What is Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program?
The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is a five to six week academic training program for secondary school teachers of English, social studies, math and science. It aims to assist teachers to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States.
Through the Fulbright TEA program, teachers come to the United States from all world regions for an intensive academic program at a U.S. university graduate school of education. The program provides training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for their home environment, teacher leadership, and the use of instructional technologies. The program also includes field experience at a secondary school to engage participants with American teachers and students.
Fulbright TEA program takes place twice a year, once in spring and once in fall semester. However, recruitment for both cohorts is made through one selection process. Please see under timelines on program dates. The program supports three to four teachers a year.
And the program scholarship covers:
- All Transportation Costs: International airfare and domestic travel (including in-country visa-related travels if the candidate resides outside Ulaanbaatar);
- Living and Meals Accommodations: Participants are placed in university housing and are provided with modest meals and incidental expenses allowance;
- Health Insurance: Participants are provided with accident and sickness benefit for the duration of their program;
- Visa Costs: Visa payment is waived for all U.S. Government sponsored scholarship participants;
- Travel allowance: Participants are provided with small allowance for luggage and other travel-related expenses.
Fulbright TEA program brings international secondary level teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, and social studies, and special education teachers in those subject areas, to the United States for a six-week professional development program. Teachers will be placed in cohorts of about 18-20 teachers at different U.S. universities that will be selected through a competitive process.
The program will consist of academic training and a teaching practicum:
Academic Training: Academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, teaching strategies, and instructional technology training. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice.
Teaching Practicum: The teaching practicum will take place at a U.S. secondary school where participants work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. 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 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.
As part of the U.S. State Department’s initiative to promote girls’ education around the world, the Fulbright TEA program designates one cohort to examine girls’ education themes in depth. Applicants interested in this approach will be given the opportunity to self-designate in the application materials. Please note, however, that not everyone who requests to participate in this cohort will be selected, as the number of slots is limited.
To be eligible, applicants must be:
- Be a Mongolian citizen residing in Mongolia;
- Be a secondary-level, full-time teacher with a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent;
- Have five or more years of classroom experience;
- Be a teacher of the following subjects: English; English as a Foreign Language (EFL); Math; Science; Social studies; Special education;
- Preference will be given to candidates with limited prior experience in the U.S. (Please note that Mongolians holding U.S. green card are not eligible to apply).
Fulbright TEA is a program for practicing teachers. Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.
How to Apply
In order to apply for the Fulbright TEA program, the applicant will follow the steps below:
Register on the IREX online application portal: oas.irex.org
Complete and submit the online application (Please note that ISRF and lesson plan are mandatory supplemental documents.) The announcement will be available on our embassy’s website;
A complete application package includes:
- Complete online application;
- Institutional Support Reference Form (ISRF);
- Lesson Plan;
- The official English test (TOEFL/IBT) report, if available.
Submit the completed application and any supplemental documents via the online portal within the deadline.
Things to remember when filling out an application:
- Application must be completed in English in electronic format.
- Applicants must answer all questions in the application form. Incomplete applications will be deemed technically ineligible. No questions can be left blank. Put N/A if not applicable.
- Application must be typed. Hand-written applications will be disqualified.
- Essays must be your own work reflecting your original thought. Other people’s works/ideas used anywhere in the application must be properly noted.
- Please note any word or character limit for essay portions of the application and give your answers within the limit.
All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take in to account special circumstances of candidates such as disability, disadvantaged background, or any other notable characteristics, final decision is made based on the candidate’s overall strength as represented by the application quality and interview. We also consider one’s ability to be a cultural ambassador and his/her ability and motivation to give back to the community. Following are the main steps for selection for the Fulbright TEA program:
Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of the applications. During technical screening, we check to see two main things:
- If applications and any required supplemental documents are complete
- If applicants meet all the eligibility requirements
Application Review: After technical screening, all complete applications are then reviewed by an application review committee. During this process, each application gets to be reviewed by a minimum of three people.
Short List: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, an interview short list is created. Candidates who are included in the short list are then invited for an in-person interview.
Interview: An interview panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. Embassy and other academic professionals interview all short listed candidates and select finalists to be nominated for the global competition.
Nomination: Finalists selected from the interview are then nominated by the embassy to the Fulbright TEA Program Office in Washington D.C. where they will compete with nominations from embassies from around the world.
Final Selection: If selected from the global competition, the candidate is confirmed to participate in the program.
January-February: Receive applications;
February-March: Technical screening, application review and interview;
June: Nomination to global competition;
July-August: Global competition;
September: Confirmation of selection;
October-December: Complete travel and health supplemental documents;
December: Pre-departure orientation;
January: Spring cohort departs to the U.S.;
August: Fall cohort departs to the U.S.