Institute of International Education


The Institute of International Education (IIE) is among the world’s largest and most experienced international exchange organizations, dedicated to increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. Founded in 1919 as an independent, not-for-profit organization, IIE fosters mutual understanding, develops global leaders and protects academic freedom worldwide through educational exchanges and training programs that advance the vision of Opening Minds to the World.

IIE implements more than 250 international exchange programs benefiting over 20,000 men and women from 175 countries. Foremost is the world-renowned Fulbright Program, which IIE administers on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. In addition to the Department of State, program sponsors include: the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); World Bank; major philanthropic foundations; private and public corporations; foreign governments; and individuals.

IIE collaborates with program staff at Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies and Consulates in participating countries to administer the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program to support U.S. and international teachers. Working together with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, IIE coordinates the promotion, recruitment, review, placement and monitoring of teachers with Fulbright Commissions and posts in the participating countries.

Teachers from other countries who are interested in applying for this Fulbright Program are encouraged to visit the website of the administering organization (the Fulbright Commissions or U.S. Embassy/Consulate) in their country to get more information about the requirements and application process.