Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The U.S. Embassy announces an open competition for the 2020 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. International participants will travel to the United States for a six-week program beginning in January or September 2020. This is a non-degree, non-credit customized academic program that includes coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and teaching strategies for home classroom environments, as well as the use of computers for Internet, word processing, and as teaching tools. As part of the academic program, participants will have the opportunity to design or revise a set of lessons for use in their home classrooms as well as modify a lesson into a micro-lesson demonstration for the End of Program Workshop in Washington, D.C. The six week program will also include a forty-hour internship at a secondary school to actively engage participants with American teachers and students. Cultural activities and academic support will be provided for participants throughout the program.

The TEA fellowship is fully funded and provides:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country;
  • Round-trip airfare from your home city to and within the U.S. (for participation in the  program);
  • A Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage;
  • Transportation to the internship school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for meals and incidentals during the academic program;
  • A book/professional development allowance;
  • A baggage allowance for fees incurred during program travel;
  • A Closing Workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
  • The opportunity to apply for follow-on grants.

Candidates should be:

  • Current full-time secondary school teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in English as a Foreign Language.
  • Candidates must be 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 program.
  • Residents of their country of citizenship at the time of application.

***Ministry of Education officials, educational administrators, 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 (testing will be provided as part of the program)


The application cycle for the 2020 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program is currently accepting applications until April 15, 2019.

Applicants can download the application form (PDF 711KB) and the Institutional Support and Reference Form (PDF 183 KB) here or by emailing your request to AshgabatEducation@state.gov. Applications are also available at the American Corners in Dashoguz, Mary, and Turkmenabat cities.

Contact information

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