Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The U.S. Embassy announces an open competition for the 2024-2025 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, which provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. Participants will travel to the United States for a six-week program beginning in January or September 2025. This is a non-degree academic program that includes coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and teaching strategies, as well as the use of computers for Internet, word processing, and as teaching tools. Selected teachers will participate in tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university; observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools; engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

The fellowship is fully funded and provides:

  • TOEFL test fee.
  • J-1 visa support.
  • A Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO).
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.
  • A Welcome Orientation and End-of-Program Workshop.
  • Academic program fees.
  • Shared same-gender housing and meals.
  • Accident and sickness medical coverage.
  • Transportation to local schools.
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program.
  • Travel allowance.
  • Opportunity to engage in alumni activities.

Candidates should be:

  • Current full-time secondary school teachers OR language center teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in English as a Foreign Language, foreign languages, journalism, communications, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), social studies, special education, and other institutions serving primarily a local population.
  • Teaching students between 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.
  • Practicing teachers who plan to continue teaching for five years after the conclusion of the program.
  • Residing and working in Turkmenistan at the time of application and program participation.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program.
  • Submitting a complete application.

***Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who do not teach at least 50% of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors and teachers working in schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.

Candidates should have:

  • A university degree or equivalent.
  • A minimum of five years of classroom experience.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 450 on the paper-based TOEFL or 45 on the internet-based TOEFL (testing will be provided as part of the program).

We encourage applications from educators who:

  • Are members of or who work with students from underserved communities or traditionally underrepresented groups including but not limited to women, racial, ethnic, religious, and geographic minorities and people with disabilities.
  • Have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S.
  • Have not previously received a Fulbright teacher grant.
  • Have not had substantial recent experience in the U.S., including study, teaching, research, or employment for a period totaling more than 9 months during the past five years.


The application cycle for the 2025 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program is currently accepting applications until 23:59 on February 16, 2024.

Applicants can download the application form (PDF 2 MB), the Institutional Support and Reference Form (PDF 559 KB), Fulbright TEA Leave Approval Form (PDF 291 KB), and Fulbright TEA Program Online Application Guide for Applicants (PDF 1 MB) here or by emailing your request to AshgabatEducation@state.gov.

Contact information
U.S. Embassy Ashgabat Public Affairs Section,
3rd floor, Business Center
70 Andalyp (1958) street
Phone: (+99312) 473503; 473506; 473581; 473584
Fax: (+99312) 473529
Email: AshgabatEducation@state.gov