Following the application deadline of October 15, 2012, the Institute of International Education (IIE) screens all U.S. applications for eligibility and completeness. Eligible applications are forwarded to Peer Review Committees, who review the applications and conduct phone interviews with the applicants.The Committees then recommend the highest quality applicants for further consideration. All applicants are notified of their status in January after completion of all Peer Review interviews. Applicants not recommended for participation in the program will not be considered further for an exchange however they may re-apply for future program cycle.
The Peer Review Committees consist of program alumni, teachers and education administrators. The goal of the Committee is to evaluate candidates for their:
Following the interviews, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs works with IIE and the Fulbright Commission or post to match recommended U.S. applicants with international applicants. The following criteria are considered when matching teachers:
Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in the program and have not previously lived in the host country. Applicants are chosen to represent broad ethnic and geographic diversity. Where possible, preference is given to veterans. Not all applicants recommended by the Peer Review Committees will be selected for a grant cycle. Regrettably, the number of qualified candidates always exceeds the number of available grants.Teachers who are not matched with an international teacher are eligible to apply for future program cycles.
International teachers, who must apply in their country of citizenship, are screened and recommended according to FSB policies by Fulbright Commissions or other educational authorities abroad. Recommended international teachers are then matched with U.S. teachers and are proposed for an exchange at the same time as their U.S. partners.
U.S. applicants will be contacted at the following stages in the application and selection process: