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2025 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program
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January 12, 2024

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants 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.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MARCH 11, 2024.

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 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. Fulbright TEA participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 84 teachers each in January or September 2025. 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.

In the case the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2024 and 2025 or there are other emergencies, we may need to make program adjustments (program rescheduling, quarantining upon arrival, briefer school visits and field experiences, hybrid or virtual components, etc.).

Eligible Teaching Disciplines for TEA are:

  • English or English as a Foreign Language;
  • Mathematics;
  • Science;
  • Foreign language;
  • Social Studies (social studies, civics, history, geography, etc.);
  • 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 and have completed at least three years of full-time teaching by the start of the program; although five years or more is preferred.
  • Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age.
  • Have proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrate commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;
  • Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time to be eligible.
  • Please note that Educational Administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who do not teach at least fifty percent of their time, full time trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.

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 must be submitted online. Before completing and submitting an application, read carefully Fulbright TEA Online Application Guide (PDF 1.01 MB).

A complete application package will include the following:

Fulbright TEA Instructions

Fulbright TEA Application (PDF 1.38MB), Fulbright TEA Institutional Support & Reference Form (PDF 558 KB) and Fulbright TEA Leave Approval (PDF 290 KB) this form must be completed and hand-signed by your supervisor or school Director.

  • A copy of the biographical page of your passport or ID document.
  • A copy of your CV or resumé

Program Dates

Spring 2025
November-December 2024:
 Visa interviews, Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Spring 2025 teachers.
Late January-mid March 2025: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Fall 2025
June-July 2025:
 Visa interviews, Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Fall 2025 teachers.
September-late October 2025: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

What the Program Covers / Logistical Information

Travel: IREX will make international travel arrangements and provide all teachers with an international airline ticket and a travel allowance to cover the cost of 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 U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions) are responsible for making these domestic travel arrangements to and from the international airport.

You must arrive in the United States on the start date of the Fulbright TEA Program and return home at the conclusion of the program. 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 rooms arranged for them by the university. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.

Maintenance Allowances: Each Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, and cultural and other activities. Included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services.

Fulbright Program Partner Information

For more information, contact the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your home country. Contact information is on the program website at www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org.

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

DEADLINE to Apply: SUNDAY, March 11, 2024

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 Fulbright TEA Program, e-mail MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov  or visit: www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org .