Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI)

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI)

Fulbright DAI brings international primary and secondary teachers to the United States for a semester-long program to pursue individual or group projects, take courses for professional development at a host university, observe, and share their expertise with US colleagues.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered by IREX.

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Fulbright DAI brings international primary and secondary teachers to the United States for a semester-long program to pursue individual or group projects, take courses for professional development at a host university, observe, and share their expertise with US colleagues.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered by IREX.

Professional Development Opportunity for International Teachers

We are now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Fulbright DAI Fellowship.

Learn about the eligibility requirements and apply now.

Sponsor

US flag and seal of the US Department of State

This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by IREX.

Quick Facts

  • Fulbright Distinguished Teachers support people-to-people diplomacy throughout their time in the United States, in US host classrooms and communities.
  • All participants have opportunities to observe, co-teach, and share their expertise in US elementary and secondary schools.
  • With a special focus on intensive professional development, all Fulbright Distinguished Teachers complete an inquiry project during their time in the United States.
  • Participants collaborate with their peers as part of a professional learning community on their inquiry projects to develop educational materials, workshops, or other resources to meet an educational need in their home country.

Goals

  • Promote mutual understanding between teachers, their schools, and communities in the United States and abroad by building teachers’ and students’ global competence, and by sharing educational best practices internationally.
  • Provide professional development to enhance educators’ expertise in their disciplines and furnish them with a deeper understanding of best practices in education.
  • Contribute to improving education in participating countries by preparing participants to serve as educational leaders who are equipped to apply and share their experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home.
I have gained more confidence to implement my ideas, and I am now a professional that has many more tools to deal with the challenges that our educational environment gives us every day. An alumnus of the program from Brazil

Project Activities

  • Educator training: Fulbright Distinguished Teachers take part in an intensive five-month professional development program at a US university. The curriculum includes academic coursework, leadership training, and instructional technology seminars.
  • Inquiry projects: Each participant will complete an individual or group project relevant to their education practice. Past projects covered topics such as current methodologies for teaching math, science, music, visual arts, performing arts, and English as a second language; working with special needs students; promoting civic engagement or service learning; environmental education; school management and leadership; and others that meet a critical need in the candidate's home country.
  • Field experience: Fulbright Distinguished Teachers are actively engaged with US schools. They are given opportunities to observe, co-teach, and share their expertise, building collaborative, lasting connections with teachers and students.
  • Best practice exchange: Fulbright Distinguished Teachers study and observe international best practices in education. They also share professional expertise with educators and students in the United States.
  • Civic and cultural activities: Fulbright Distinguished Teachers participate in US cultural activities such as performances, sporting events, visits to US homes, board of education meetings, and trips to notable historical sites.

Contact

E-mail: fulbrightdai@irex.org

 

 

This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by IREX.