Opportunity for U.S. teachers: Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (Fulbright TGC)

Opportunity for U.S. teachers: Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (Fulbright TGC)

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IREX is no longer accepting applications for the 2020–2021 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program.

The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms (Fulbright TGC) Program is a yearlong professional learning opportunity and short-term exchange for elementary, middle, and high school educators from the United States to develop skills to prepare students for a competitive global economy. Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms equips educators to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizens who reside in the United States, a U.S. territory, or who work on a campus within the Department of Defense Education Activity.
  • Applicants must have five years of full-time teaching experience in the U.S., a U.S. territory, or a school associated with the Department of Defense Education Activity.
  • Eligible applicants include classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, special education coordinators, and others who spend at least half of their time interacting with students. Eligible applicants’ instructional assignment may be a combination of roles (teaching and administrative) if at least half of the time is spent in direct instruction with students.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience.
  • There is no language requirement for participation in the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program. 

Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms are selected through an open competition. Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of experts according to a rubric of specific evaluation criteria.

In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of U.S. and international applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Bureau is committed to fairness, equity, and inclusion.

Alumni of the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) programs are ineligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA), the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange or another Fulbright program.


Read more about Fulbright TGC or contact fulbrighttgc@irex.org.