Selection and Notification Process


U.S. teachers submit applications to IIE by the December 13 deadline.


Following the application deadline in each country, each applicant is reviewed for eligibility, required experience, credentials, and completeness of the application. Eligible U.S. applicants are forwarded to Review Committees, who read the applications and recommend the highest quality applications for consideration by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Review committees consist of primary, secondary and university administrators; international education professionals; and program alumni. Review committee members evaluate applicants according to several criteria, including:

  • Teacher Profile: Experience, overall suitability for the program.
  • Motivation and Adaptability: Initiative, willingness to adapt to a foreign environment, motivation to work independently.
  • Leadership and Professionalism: Demonstrated leadership in the field of education in general.
  • Excellence in Teaching: Demonstrated excellence in the specific teaching subject.
  • Inquiry Project Proposal: Quality and feasibility of the project proposal.

Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in the program and may be given to applicants who have not previously lived in the host country and to those whose projects will reach under served and/or under resourced populations, as measured by Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS) rates in the U.S. Applicants are chosen to represent a broad ethnic and geographic diversity. For U.S. applicants, preference is given to veterans, where possible.


Final selection decisions are made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a presidentially-nominated independent Board of individuals who make final selection decisions for all Fulbright programs. All applicants are notified of their selection status by April. Applicants not recommended for participation may re-apply.