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) plans to announce an open competition for the 2021 Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) early next year. 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.


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

TEA consists of a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. 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. TEA participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 86 teachers each in January or September 2021. Upon returning home, 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.

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, by mail, or in person. Before completing and submitting an application, read carefully the 2020 TEA Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 425 KB) and Fulbright TEA Online Application Guide (PDF 903 KB).

A complete application package will include the following:

To apply online, please visit: www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org and   https://www.irex.org/fulbright-tea. In case of any technical error or difficulties in the online application, please send a message to  tofulbrighttea@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. 

DEADLINE to Apply: Sunday, March 29, 2020 

Due to the anticipated volume of applications received, we will not forward explanations to applicants not selected for the program.

For more information on the TEA Program, e-mail MaputoExchangePrograms@state.govfulbrighttea@irex.org.