Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

2021 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (ECA) and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) announce an open competition for the 2021-2022 Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA). The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grant 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 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program. Fulbright TEA provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.

The 2021-2022 program will mark the twenty-fifth year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program), the fourth year the program has been known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, and the third year to offer the Media Literacy Cohorts


Fulbright TEA brings outstanding secondary school teachers from Mozambique and other nations around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. International alumni are eligible to apply for small grants to implement self-designed projects that benefit their home schools and communities.

Program Design

Fulbright TEA consists of a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic program in which teachers who are selected to participate in the program will take part in tailored graduate-level seminars on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, curriculum development, lesson planning, instructional technology at a U.S. host university. The program also includes a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a U.S. 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. Fulbright TEA participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 86 teachers each in January or September 2022. Upon returning home, Fulbright TEA program alumni are eligible to apply for small grants for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between schools in their home country and the United States, and other activities that build on their U.S. experience.

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.

Eligible Teaching Disciplines for TEA are:

  • English or English as a Foreign Language;
  • Social Studies( social studies, civics, history, geography, etc.);
  • Mathematics;
  • Science;
  • Special Education teachers in the disciplines above.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be current secondary-level teachers in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population;
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in TEA teaching disciplines: English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or special education;
  • Be citizens of and residents in Mozambique;
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree or teaching certificate;
  • Have proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrate commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;

Please note that this is a program for practicing teachers. Applicants must reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application.

To Submit an Application:

Applications submitted online are preferred; however, applications will also be accepted via e-mail. Before completing and submitting an application, read carefully the 2021 TEA Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 166 KB) and Fulbright TEA Online Application Guide for Applicants (PDF 1.12 MB) and Fulbright TEA Program Announcement (PDF 310 KB) .

A complete application package will include the following:

Program Dates

Spring 2022

November-December 2021: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United Sates, the U.S. Embassy will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Spring 2022 teachers.

Late January-mid March 2022: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Fall 2022

June-July 2022: Pre-Program Departure Orientation. Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Fall 2022 teachers.

September-late October 2022: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

What the Program Covers/Logistical Information

Travel: the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) will make international travel arrangements and provide all teachers with an international airline ticket and a travel allowance to cover the cost of checked bags and incidental expenses. Fulbright teachers will also be reimbursed for round-trip travel expenses between their home city and the point of departure for the United States; however, participants or the U.S. Embassy is responsible for making these domestic travel arrangements to and from the international airport.

You must arrive in the United States on the United States on the start date of the Fulbright TEA Program and return at the conclusion of the Fellowship. Any personal travel during the program must be approved by IREX. 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 from IREX and your host university at least two weeks in advance by completing the U.S. Travel Authorization Form.

Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing in single rooms arranged for them by the university. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.

To apply online, please visit: https://fulbright.irex.org/.

The application link is also available on the program webpage/: https://www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org/.  In case of any technical error or difficulties in the online application, please send a message to fulbrighttea@irex.org to receive guidance.

To submit an application by e-mail, send materials to MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov with your name and ”2021 TEA Program” in the subject line. 

Applications may also be submitted in person to the library at the address above.

DEADLINE to Apply: Monday, March 15th, 2021
Due to the anticipated volume of applications received, we will not forward explanations to applicants not selected for the program.

Fulbright Program Partner Information

For more information on the Fulbright TEA Program, contact the U.S. Embassy Maputo, e-mail MaputoExchangePrograms@state.govfulbrighttea@irex.org  or visit https://www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org/.