The Embassy of the United States in Tashkent is pleased to announce the 2019 Eurasia/South Asia Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program.
The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of the United States. The program consists of non-degree academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology training. The program will include 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. The international participants will travel to the United States for one of two six-week professional development programs in either spring of 2019 or fall 2019.
After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for small grant awards for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools and their home schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.
The TEA fellowship is fully funded and provides:
- J-1 visa support;
- A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country;
- Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
- A Welcome Program at the host university;
- Academic program fees;
- Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
- Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
- Transportation to the teaching practicum school (if necessary);
- A daily allowance for incidentals during the academic program;
- A book/professional development allowance
- A baggage allowance;
- An end-of-program workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
- The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.
- Be current secondary school-level*(including academic lyceums and vocational colleges), full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects at an institution serving primarily a local population;
- Have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program;
- Be citizens of and residents in Uzbekistan;
- Have earned a Bachelor’s degree;
- Earn a minimum score of 45-46 on the TOEFL iBT. Important: applicants are NOT required to take the test at the moment of application submission. TOEFL tests will be arranged for selected semi-finalists in May, 2018;
- Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
- Have submitted a complete application.
*Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age. Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time in order to be eligible for the program.
The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. The Fulbright TEA Program supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply. Teachers who have participated in the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, Partners in Education (PiE), Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program are not eligible for Fulbright TEA. If you have participated in other professional development exchange programs in the United States, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent to inquire about your eligibility. Please note that preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in these programs or another Fulbright program.
The Fulbright TEA Program is an upper level university or graduate level academic program for practicing teachers. Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible. Applicants must reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application.
Applications NOT meeting the above eligibility requirements will NOT be forwarded to the Selection Committee.
Fulbright TEA reserves the right to verify all the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.
Institutional Support and Reference Form (ISRF) And Leave Approval Form (LAF)
All applications must include the Institutional Support and Reference Form, which must be completed by your supervisor at the school where you are employed. The Leave Approval Form must be signed by the director of the school where you are employed. Both forms must be hand signed. An English translation must be provided if the form and reference letter are not written in English.
Download the Application Form (PDF 1.1 MB), Institutional Support and Reference Form (DOC 199 KB), and Leave Approval form (DOC 192 KB) or request the forms via email: Tashkent-Program@state.gov.