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Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program competition for 2024 -2025
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December 26, 2023

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 2024 -2025.

 

Program Overview

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers, and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

The Fulbright TEA Program will bring approximately 180 international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program in late January 2025 ( Spring Cohort) or September 2025 ( Fall Cohort) to take academic seminars for professional development at a host university and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools. Applicants’ teaching subjects may include English, English as a Foreign Language, math, science, foreign languages, social studies, journalism, communications, and special education.

As part of the application, candidates should indicate whether they prefer to take part in the program in January 2025 or September 2025. Teachers will be placed at a competitively selected university. The program will consist of general academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a 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. The program will provide participants with practical resources they can use in their teaching, as well as skills to train trainers.

 

Program Components

Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:

1) Take part in tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university

2) Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools

3) Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and

4) Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States

Upon returning home, teachers will share the knowledge and experience gained on the program.

 

University Coursework

Weekly Seminars:  Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The Fulbright TEA Program provides academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.

U.S. School Placements:  The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a 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.

Online Professional Learning Community:  Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

 

Gender and Girls Education Program for Teachers  

The Fulbright TEA Program will designate one cohort to examine gender in education themes in depth. Applicants interested in this topic will be given the opportunity to self-designate in the application materials.

 

Media Literacy Program for Teachers

The Fulbright TEA Program will designate one cohort to include content-specific coursework with a focus on media literacy and critical thinking. Topics of seminars for this cohort may include recognizing bias/propaganda, stereotypes, and misinformation; strategies for improving students’ critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills; how media literacy promotes civic engagement/ the role of media in society; fostering cyber safety and digital citizenship in the classroom; and technology training. Please note that the program will provide participants with practical resources they can use in their teaching, as well as skills to train trainers in media literacy. Applicants interested in this topic will be given the opportunity to self-designate in the application materials.

 

Climate Education Program for Teachers  

The Fulbright TEA Program will designate one cohort of approximately 22 teachers to examine climate education themes in depth. Teachers are important leaders in the fight against climate change, as they educate students about the causes, challenges, and consequences of a warming planet. Gathering best practices and staying abreast of the latest research and resources about this topic will help ECA better serve these teachers and, ultimately, the next generation of global leaders. Applicants interested in this topic will be given the opportunity to self-designate in the application materials.

 

Please note that not everyone who requests to participate in a specialized cohort will be selected, as the number of slots is limited; however, some gender and girls’ education, climate education, and media literacy sessions and materials will be included in every cohort.

 

What the Program Covers / Logistical Information

 

Travel: Participants will receive international airline tickets and a travel allowance for incidental expenses and reimbursement for round-trip travel expenses between their home and airport.

Candidates must arrive in the United States on the start date of the Fulbright TEA Program and return home at the conclusion of the Fellowship. Any personal travel during the program must be approved in advance. You may not miss any program activities for personal travel or visits (including, but not limited to, courses, workshops, field experience, cultural and civic activities). You may not travel outside of the United States. If you do plan to travel within the United States, you are responsible for all related expenses and travel arrangements and must seek prior approval.

 

Housing:  Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing in rooms arranged for them by the university.

 

Maintenance Allowances:  Each Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, and cultural and other activities. Included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services.

 

Dependents:

Dependents are not permitted to accompany participants on this six-week program.

 

Eligibility

This program is open to anyone who:

  • Is a citizen and resident of BiH qualified to hold a valid BiH passport.
  • Is a current secondary-level, full-time teacher of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, foreign language, social studies, journalism, communications, and special education at institutions serving primarily a local population.
  • Has at least three years of full-time teaching experience by the start of the program, with a preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time teaching.  The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools.
  • Has completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent at the time of application.
  • Demonstrates English language proficiency adequate to manage coursework, develop lesson plans, and team-teach in U.S. Schools. Applicants must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency by attaining a minimum score of at least 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.
  • Is cleared by a physician to participate in the program (finalists only).
  • Is eligible to receive and maintain the exchange visitor J-1 non-immigrant visa required for the program. Participants do not have to pay fees for the J-1 visa but need to be interviewed by the Embassy’s Consular Section.
  • Is 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.

 

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
  • 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 2024-2025  Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program by March 3, 2024, 23:59 local (BiH) time. The Fulbright Program may request additional documentation or items as deemed necessary. The Embassy in BiH will notify nominated candidates of their status by Late Summer 2024. Further application instructions are available in this application guide.

 

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. (There is a section within the online application where you are prompted to print the form. You then need to upload the completed form and reference to the same section of the application for it to be considered “complete.” The Online Application System will not let you submit your application without uploading the ISRF.)
  • Leave Approval form completed by applicant’s school director. (Please upload the completed form to the online application.)
  • 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.

 

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership, and professional experience. Final selection of Fulbright TEA Program teachers is made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.

For program-related questions or if you experience any technical problems, please email us at bhexc@state.gov before the deadline. For technical issues, please include an explanation and a screenshot of the error you are experiencing.  When emailing, use the subject line: “2024-2025 Fulbright TEA program.”

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