Eligibility Requirements for International Applicants:

Current full-time elementary through high school teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians are eligible to apply.

To meet the basic eligibility requirements of the program, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application: 

  • Hold a full-time teaching position;
    • For the purpose of determining eligibility, "full-time" refers to applicants who are currently employed full-time or who hold a combination of positions that add up to full-time equivalency in a school, school district or educational institution at the local, state/provincial or national level.
  • Spend at least 50% of their time teaching or working directly with students;
    • Primary and secondary level media specialists/librarians, guidance counselors, Special Education coordinators and administrators who teach students at least fifty percent of their time may also apply to the program. In addition, teacher trainers from certain countries are eligible to apply.
  • Have taught for at least five years;
    • At the time of application, teachers should be in their fifth year of full-time teaching. If selected, the year of the Fulbright exchange would be the teacher's sixth year (or more) of full-time teaching. Teachers who are in their fourth year (or less) of full-time teaching at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Demonstrate experience conducting professional development activities;
  • Demonstrate accomplishment in teaching or have previously received teaching awards or exemplary evaluations;
  • Possess a paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550 (213 computer-based TOEFL, 79 Internet-based TOEFL), or an IELTS score of 6.5;

Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in the program and to those whose projects will reach under served and/or under resourced populations.

International applicants should contact the appropriate local organization (Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy/Consulate) for country-specific program eligibility details and application timeline.


Participants in U.S. Department of State programs should represent the diversity of political, social and cultural life. Diversity should be interpreted in the broadest sense and encompass differences including but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, social-economic status, disabilities and sexual orientation.