Educational Exchange_Teachers from Secondary and Postsecondary Levels and School Administrators

To improve and strengthen international relations of the United States by promoting mutual understanding among the peoples of the world through educational exchanges.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Program Accomplishments

Not available at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program (ECA/A/S/X) provides opportunities for teachers, administrators and other school or college faculty to participate in direct exchanges of positions or in non-symmetrical programs for six weeks, a semester or a year.

For semester and academic year exchanges, educators usually receive leave with pay and benefits from their respective university/college/school authorities.

U. S. educators teach in all fields, including foreign languages.

Other programs bring educators from targeted countries and regions to the U. S. on shorter professional development programs under grants administered by U. S. non-profit organizations and universities.

Most grants include round trip transportation and health and accident insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

(a) Hold at least a Bachelor's degree; (b) be a U.S.

citizen fluent in English at the time of application; (c) have a current full-time teaching or administrative assignment in the U.S.

or one of its territories; (d) be in at least the third year of full-time teaching or administration (teachers applying to the Classics Seminar only need to be in their second full-year; (e) have not participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange longer than 8 weeks in the last 2 years (there is no required waiting period for teachers who have participated in exchanges of 8 weeks or less).

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. and foreign teachers and administrators who want to live and study in a foreign country for 6 weeks, a semester, or an academic year.


Documentation of educational qualifications and language proficiency may be required.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

U.S. educators apply through a nation-wide open competition for the Fulbright Program. Seventy Peer Review Committees screen applications and conduct personal interviews. U.S. Embassies, Fulbright Commissions, or counterpart agencies screen and nominate foreign educators. The Office of Global Educational Programs and counterpart staffs abroad arrange the pairing of U.S. and foreign educators and supervise the foreign educators while on assignment. U.S. non-profit organizations, including colleges and universities, apply to the Office for grants to administer shorter-term U.S. based programs for educators from targeted countries or regions.

Award Procedures

Final selection of grantees is made by the Presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


Outreach and recruitment efforts are ongoing all year. Applications are available in March. The application is available on the internet:


Public Law 87-256, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time





Extensions are considered on exceptional occasions.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

From two weeks, to an academic year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports by all academic grantees are required at the end of their grants.


Not applicable.


As prescribed by grant terms.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $12,390,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$2,000 to $27,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The USDA Graduate School issues application booklets for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program on behalf of the Office of Global Educational Programs. Contact: Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 314-3520. Fax: (202) 479-6806. E-mail: Website: For institutional grants, refer to the Federal Register.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of State, ECA/A/S/X, Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Branch, SA-44, 301 4th Street SW., Washington DC, 20547. Program Contact: Ruta Chagnon. Telephone: (202) 453-8645. Fax: (202) 453-8890. E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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