The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program 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 U.S. Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to international secondary-level teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language, math, science, and social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects to the United States for a six-week program in January 2023 or September 2023. Participants take part in academic seminars, observe and co-teach in U.S. classrooms, and collaborate on best educational practices with educators and students at the host university and at local secondary schools. Participants engage in various civic and cultural activities in their host communities to promote mutual understanding. Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.
Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational and professional experience, academic training, and leadership. Final selection of Fulbright TEA teachers is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.
This program is administered by IREX and managed by the Fulbright Commission in Nepal.
Preference will be given to candidates from disadvantaged groups and out of valley schools. Individuals with disabilities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:
- Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university.
- Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
- Participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
- Take part in other education and cultural activities while on program in the U.S.
Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.
What the Program Covers
J-1 Visa support
Travel: International round travel to and from the program covered.
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.
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.
- Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers in a school that primarily serves public and private school students;
- Have five or more years of classroom experience in TEA teaching disciplines: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and special education;
- Be citizens of and residents of Nepal;
- Be proficient in written and spoken English with the ability to obtain good score in paper-based or internet-based TOEFL exam; and
- Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after the completion of the program.
11:59 PM, Monday, February 28, 2022- Application submission deadline
Late March, 2022- Final interviews
May, 2022- Commission nominates finalists and alternates to IREX
August 2022– Final selection by FFSB
Spring 2023 Cohort
November-December 2022: Pre-Departure Orientation
Late January-mid March 2023: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the U.S.
Fall 2023 Cohort
June-July 2023: Pre-Program Departure Orientation
September-late October 2023: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the U.S.
The online application is available at: : Login » IREX – International Research & Exchanges Board: Fulbright Online Application SystemOnline Application Guide for Applicants
Applicants with difficulties can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive guidance from IREX.
The deadline to send application for Nepal is 11:59 PM on Monday, February 28, 2022.
The selection process for this program is highly competitive, and only a limited number of participants from Nepal will be selected. Applicants are not required to have taken the TOEFL exam prior to submitting an application, but should be prepared to take the exam if selected by the Commission.