Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA)

The Embassy of the United States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is pleased to announce the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program competition for 2020-2021.

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. It is governed by policies established by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Fulbright TEA brings teachers to the United States for a six-week program that offers academic seminars for professional development at a host university. Participants observe classrooms and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and local secondary schools. 2020-2021 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina will focus on 21st Century Classroom Media Literacy.

Apply online for the 2020-2021 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program from December 20th, 2019 until February 1st, 2020, 23:59 local time. As part of the application applicants will indicate if they prefer to take part in the program beginning in September 2020 or January 2021. See details below.

 

Project Activities:

  • Teacher training:Fulbright TEA participants engage in an intensive six-week professional development program at a U.S. university. They take part in academic seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. The program will include content-specific coursework with a focus on 21st century media literacy.
  • Field experience: Fulbright TEA participants are immersed in an American classroom environment. They have opportunities to observe, co-teach, and share their expertise in U.S. secondary schools, building collaborative, lasting connections with U.S. teachers and students.
  • Best practice exchange: Fulbright TEA participants study and observe international best practices in education and share their own professional knowledge with educators and students in the United States.
  • Civic and cultural activities: Fulbright TEA participants take part in American cultural activities such as performances, sporting events, U.S. home hospitality visits, and trips to historical sites.

Eligibility:

This program is open to anyone who is/has:

  • A Citizen, national, or permanent resident of BiH qualified to hold a valid BiH passport
  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language, social studies, civics, history, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, or related fields at institutions serving primarily a local population. Applicants should have at least five years of full-time teaching experience by the start of the program.  Ideal candidates will demonstrate interest in the field of media literacy and show leadership in their communities.
  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent at the time of application.
  • English language proficiency adequate to manage coursework, develop lesson plans, and team-teach in U.S. Schools. Earn a minimum score of 61 on an internet based TOEFL or an approved equivalent. At the initial application stage, candidates are not required to register for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or provide additional documentation. If a valid TOEFL score report is available, it should be uploaded onto the online application. Finalists only are required to have a valid TOEFL score; there are no exceptions to this requirement. The Embassy will provide registration instructions and test fee vouchers to finalists only
  • Cleared by a physician to participate in the program(finalists only)
  • Eligible to receive and maintain the exchange visitor J-1 non-immigrant visa required for the program. Participants and accompanying dependents do not have to pay fees for the J-1 visa or J-2 visa(s), if applicable, but need to be interviewed by the Embassy’s Consular Section
  • Committed to returning to BiH for a minimum of two years. As J-1 visa holders, participants are subject to the two-year home-country foreign residency requirement. Accompanying dependents on J-2 visas are also subject to this requirement, regardless of their duration of stay.

Not Eligible:

  • Candidates with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
  • Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who do not teach at least 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
  • Candidates who have attended undergraduate or graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to date of application
  • Candidates who have resided in the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived in the United States for nine months or more during a calendar year is deemed to have resided in the United States for that year
  • Candidates who are in the United States
  • Grants will generally not be awarded to candidates who are concurrently recipients of all-expense grants under other auspices
  • Employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and their immediate family members (spouses and dependent children) are ineligible for grants during and for a period ending one year following the termination of such employment, association, or service. This provision includes all employees, paid or unpaid (including part-time or temporary employees, consultants, externs, fellows, and contract employees). This provision does not apply to interns and does not disqualify self-supporting children who live apart from their parents. The one-year period of ineligibility is calculated from the date of termination of employment, service, or association until the program application deadline.

Application Process:

Apply online for the 2020-2021 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program from December 20th, 2019 until February 15th, 2020, 23:59 local time. The Fulbright Program may request additional documentation or items as deemed necessary. After the national selection, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the United States selects candidates nominated for awards. The embassy in BiH will notify nominated candidates of their status by May 2020.

The online application package must include:

·         Completed online application form

·         Statement of purpose responding to the prompts in the online application

·         Institutional Support and Reference form completed by applicant’s supervisor

·         Leave Approval form completed by applicant’s school director

·         Copy of applicant’s passport photo and information pages (or photo identification)

·         If TOEFL scores have recently been taken, these should be included in the application; TOEFL is not required at the time of application, however if applicant is selected as a finalist current TOEFL scores will be required. The embassy will provide registration information and vouchers for finalists who need to take the TOEFL test.

For more program information, visit the IREX Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program website.

 

For program related questions contact the U.S. Embassy in BiH’s Academic Exchange Coordinator, via email: bhexc@state.gov. When emailing, use the subject line: “2021-2022 Fulbright TEA program.”