Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
The U.S. Embassy in Baku is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright Visiting Scholars Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic years.
About the program
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States. It provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions. The length of proposed lecture/research projects should not exceed 6 months and be less than 3 months.
The selection of candidates for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program is carried out by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy based on an open competition.
Who can apply?
Researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions, government and non-government structures who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States are eligible to participate in this program.
! Candidates should have little or no prior experience in the United States !
The interested candidates also must:
- be citizens of Azerbaijan
- Currently work and reside in Azerbaijan
- hold a Ph.D. in the following fields
- be proficient in oral and written English
- receive a satisfactory medical clearance
Which fields are eligible?
- American Studies
- Business Administration
- Environmental Sciences
- Film Studies
- Information Sciences
- Library Science
- Medical Sciences
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Public/Global Health
- Social Work
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- Urban Planning
The program is fully sponsored by the US Department of State and provides the following items during the grant period:
- International airfare cost for return ticket;
- Monthly stipend for the whole grant period;
- Professional allowance;
- Settling-in allowance;
- Accompanying dependent monthly allowance;
- Health insurance
How to Apply:
Interested applicants who meet the criteria as outlined above should complete an online application at:
Deadline: December 1st
Online Application Includes the Following:
- Detailed project statements of proposed activity for research/lecturing in the U.S.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae (resume)
- Three (3) Letters of Reference
- Letter of invitation from a preferred U.S. host Institution (if available)
- Copy of Doctoral Degree
- Copy of passport
For more information please contact our Education Specialist Ramina Murshudova:
Address: 111, Azadlig street, Baku
Fulbright Teacher Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
The U.S. Department of State and IREX announce a program for outstanding international secondary-level school teachers to come to the U.S. for a professional development opportunity. The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program that offers academic seminars for professional development at a host university. Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership and professional experience. Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university; observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools; participate 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 education and cultural activities while on program in the United States.
U.S. Embassy will select two finalists from Azerbaijan to participate in the program. Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities. Preference will be given to applicants teaching in the regions, however everyone is welcome to apply.
December-April 2019: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Cohort I teachers. September 2019: Fulbright teachers begin their program in the United States.
January-March 2020: Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Cohort II teachers. Fall 2020: Fulbright teachers begin their program in the United States.
- Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects at an institution serving primarily a local population;
- Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
- Have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program;
- Reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application and of program participation;
- Earn a minimum score of 450 on the paper based TOEFL or an equivalent English language examination;
- Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
- Have submitted a complete application.
Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible. Teachers working at local private schools are ineligible to apply.
The deadline for online applications submission: 1 April, 2019
If you have any questions, please, email to Bakueducation@state.gov.
Fulbright Faculty Development Program
The Fulbright Faculty Development Program in the United States Competition for the 2020-2021 Academic Year Is Now Open
Application Deadline: October 25, 2019
The Faculty Development Program model is designed for junior faculty, currently teaching in their home country. The goal of the program model is to introduce participants to best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development in the U.S., and provide them with concrete strategies on how to develop curriculum for a course, including an overview of academic and research resources.
This program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State
To qualify for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program, an applicant must:
- have citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan and be residing in the country
- be eligible for a J-1 visa (which entails a two-year home-country residence requirement)
- hold a university degree;
- be currently teaching at an institution of higher education;
- have at least two years of teaching experience at an institution of higher education by the time of application;
- demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English (selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL test)
The program offers equal opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, native language, handicap or disability.
Applicants should intend to return to their position at their home institution upon completion of the program, continue their teaching responsibilities, and apply newly gained knowledge and experience.
During the program, fellows will be expected to research and develop a course description, syllabus and outline specific teaching strategies for their proposed course.
The Faculty Development program is structured as a 5-month grant, beginning in the middle of August, and ending in the middle of January. The program begins with a two and a 1/2-day curriculum development workshop at IIE’s offices in New York City (NYC). All participants arrive in New York on the same day. The workshop provides strategies on how best to develop curriculum and tools to create course curricula.
After the New York component, grantees depart to their university hosts arranged by IIE’s Academic and Experiential Learning team. While at the university, working with a faculty advisor, grantees have the opportunity to develop field-specific content for their course curricula. The university affiliation would also need to be organized to fit with the dates stipulated by the program, to ensure that grantees are able to attend both workshops in NYC.
As part of their university research affiliations, grantees receive a certain number of privileges. Since each university affiliation will vary, each grantee may receive different benefits. For example, some privileges may include:
- Permission to observe classes (non-credit) – Specific to the Fulbright Faculty Development Program.
- Access to appropriate laboratories
- Accounts for computer facilities
- Access to health services
- Access to recreational facilities (for a fee)
- Borrowing privileges at university libraries
- Office space
- Shared work space
- A university I.D. card
- On-campus housing
- Off-campus housing help
- Upon completion of the research affiliation at the host university, grantees will return to New York City in early January for a 2-day workshop where grantees will be expected to present their course overview, share syllabi and discuss best practices learned through the program. This closing workshop is also led by the same professor from Montclair State University. Hotel arrangements will also be made on behalf of the students.
Grantees receive a monthly stipend for 5 months, as well as standard allowances. The Fulbright Faculty Development Program provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, medical insurance, a monthly stipend and funds for professional development. Because the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a non-degree program, Fellows are not permitted to receive transcripts, grades or credit.
Please note: Applicants for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in Azerbaijan will need to complete the program’s online application. (This application is used for both the foreign student and faculty development programs.)
- Please, note Fellows are not permitted to travel with dependents.
- Candidates with PhD degree are not allowed to apply for FFDP. Please, consider applying for Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.
Completed applications should be submitted by
October 25, 5 pm
For the online application and instructions, please click here https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020
For additional information on the program, please contact U.S. Embassy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Deadline: June 10, 2019
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. Fellows are nominated by embassies (through public affairs sections) or Fulbright commissions based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.
Fellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with strong leadership potential and a commitment to public service in the fields of:
- Agricultural and Rural Development
- Economic Development/Finance and Banking
- Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Finance and Banking
Democratic Institution Building
- Law and Human Rights
- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
- Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
- Technology Policy and Management
- Human Resource Management
- Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
- Higher Education Administration
- Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
- Public Health Policy and Management
- HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
- Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment
To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must have:
- Azerbaijani citizenship
- Possess a first university/undergraduate degree
- Have a minimum of 5 years full-time professional experience beyond attainment of an undergraduate/first university degree prior to August 2020
- Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
- English language ability (TOEFL score of 525 of paper-based or 71 internet-based or IELTS of 6.0-7.0 range)
- Not be teachers/scientists/researchers with no management or policy responsibilities (except teachers of English as a second language and specialists in substance abuse prevention and treatment)
- Not have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2020
- Not have recent U.S. experience of over six months during the five years prior to August 2020
- Not have dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
- Not be U.S. Department of State employees or their immediate family members (including spouses)
Long Term English Component
In addition to the pre-academic language training traditionally available, the Humphrey Program is offering a Long-Term English (LTE) language training opportunity to facilitate the participation of candidates who may be excellent candidates but are lacking the necessary language skills. LTE participants will be brought to the U.S. for an intensive 20-25 week pre-academic program to improve their language skills before transitioning to their academic-year Humphrey campuses. Candidates for LTE typically have TOEFL scores in the 440-500 range (paper-based test) or 42-61 (internet based test).
Terms and Conditions
The Humphrey Fellowship provides international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness coverage, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.
All applications must be submitted online and must include the following documents:
- Completed application (Bio-sheet A, bio-sheet B, Program Plan, Personal Statement A, Personal Statement B)
- 1st Letter of Reference from current employer
- 2nd Letter of Reference
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of University degree(s)
Candidates meeting any of the following descriptions will be rendered technically ineligible to participate in the Humphrey Program.
- Individuals without a first university degree
- Individuals with fewer than five years of full-time professional experience beyond attainment of a first university/undergraduate degree prior to August 2020
- University teachers with no management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a foreign language and specialists in substance abuse prevention and treatment
- Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2020
- Individuals who have had more than six months of U.S. experience during the five years prior to August 2020
- Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
Complete applications including uploaded transcripts and recommendation letters must be submitted by June 10th, 2019.
For comprehensive information about the program please visit The Humphrey Fellowship Program’s official website at http://humphreyfellowship.org/ and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HumphreyFellowship ; or our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/user/HumphreyFellowship to see videos of Fellows and alumni discussing their Humphrey Programs.
Humphrey Program FAQ
Q: Is the Humphrey Program a degree-granting program?
A: The Humphrey Program is a non-degree program. Participants may complete academic coursework at their host university to update their academic and professional knowledge in their field, but they do not receive an academic degree as a result of their participation in the Program.
Q: I worked part-time in a professional position while I was in graduate school. Does that qualify me for the Humphrey Fellowship Program?
A: Candidates for the Humphrey Program should have at least five years of full-time experience in their professional field and should be at a point in their careers to fully benefit from this mid-career program. Candidates with only part-time work experience may not be considered eligible.
Q: What is the application deadline?
A: Deadline for completed applications is 10th of June, 2019.
Q: How should I apply?
A: You can only apply online and access the application at
Q: If I’m selected, what are the time demands of the Program?
A: The Humphrey Program is quite rigorous and life as a Humphrey Fellow does not resemble that of a graduate student with regular hours and a predictable schedule. There are many activities required of Humphrey Fellows as part of the Program. Fellows go on field trips, attend a weekly Humphrey Seminar, as well as other conferences and networking meetings, and may spend long hours each day in classes and involved in campus and community activities, in addition to spending time with other members of the group on campus. Fellows also travel away from their host campus as part of the Program, spending two weeks in Washington, DC for national program events. Fellows may also attend workshops and conferences in other parts of the country at various times throughout the year
Q: May I bring my family with me?
A: Fellows may choose to apply to have their family join them shortly after they have arrived in the U.S. Careful consideration should be given to bringing one’s family, however, as the Humphrey Program is very demanding, and Fellows spend considerable time away from their host campus. The Humphrey Program also does not provide an additional maintenance allowance for dependents. Fellows must show proof of financial support, adequate insurance coverage for their dependents that meets U.S. State Department requirements, and child care plans before they may be approved to apply for J-2 visa(s) for their dependents. Not all countries permit Humphrey Fellows to bring their dependents during their Fellowship year. Please check with the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission for country-specific policies.
Q: May I choose the university I will go to?
A: Fellows are not able to choose which university they will attend. Rather, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.
Q: What does the Fellowship stipend cover?
A: The Fellowship provides for:
- Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university
- Pre-academic English language training, if required
- A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance
- Accident and sickness coverage
- A book allowance
- A one-time computer subsidy
- Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events)
- A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences
Q: Do I have to provide my IELTS/TOEFL certificate in order to apply?
It is not necessary, however, if you already have taken an exam and received your certificate you can add it to your application before the deadline. However, only short-listed candidates will be required to take the official TOEFL and GRE tests which will be funded by the U.S. Embassy Baku in the middle of October, 2019.
Q: Can I provide IELTS certificate instead of TOEFL?
A: Yes, you can. The minimum requirement for IELTS is 7.0 and higher.
Q: I am currently residing in Azerbaijan, but I am citizen of another country. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: No, in order to apply you have to both hold citizenship of Azerbaijan and reside in Azerbaijan currently.
Q: I am citizen of Azerbaijan but residing in another country. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: No, in order to apply you have to both hold citizenship of Azerbaijan and reside in Azerbaijan currently.
Q: May I provide recommendation letters later than the deadline?
A: No, the recommenders have to provide letters of recommendation no later than the application deadline.
Q: My recommender does not speak English. Can recommendation letters be in another language?
A: No, your recommenders will be required to visit website and fulfill recommendation form in English.
Q: I have finished university long ago. Can I provide all three recommendation letters from employers?
A: One of recommendation letters has to be academic, not depending on graduation year.
Q: I am currently involved in getting Master’s degree. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: Yes, if you are studying in one of Azerbaijan universities. Foreign universities (except US) students are also eligible, however we prefer to give chance to those students, who have less academic experience abroad.
Q: I already hold one Master’s degree. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: Yes, if you hold degree from one of Azerbaijan universities. Foreign universities (except U.S.) graduates are also eligible, however we prefer to give chance to those students, who have less academic experience abroad.
Q: I am 4th year Bachelor’s degree student and have two years of working experience. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: In order to apply, you need to graduate from university and have a least 5 years of consecutive full-time work experience in the field you want to apply to.
SUSI Program for Scholars
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2019. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars in the summer will be held in the following themes in U.S. Studies: American Culture and Values, American Politics and Political Thought, Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Freedom and Pluralism, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap.
Who can apply?
Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.). Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency. Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.
Online Application Deadline: December 17, 2018.
Based on application review and interviews, U.S. Embassy will select and nominate one candidate from Azerbaijan.
June 2019 – Program in U.S.
Link to Application form
The Institute on American Culture and Values will promote American culture, leadership, and values by providing a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, civil society institutions, democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law. The Institute will examine the concepts of American exceptionalism and American resilience through social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which, historically, various cultures have manifested and shaped contemporary U.S. culture, values, and society. The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base and should itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and values. The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2019.
The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions and a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present. Drawing upon the American Political Development approach, the Institute will provide a full and diverse understanding of U.S. political thought and its connection to U.S. politics, public policy, and institutions by linking contemporary issues with historical and social debates. The Institute will explore particular themes including self-rule and limited government, liberty and freedom, individualism and identity, equality and inequality, and the American Dream. The Institute will conclude with an integrated two-week study tour to New York City; Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia; and Washington, D.C. Pending final ECA grant approval, the University of Massachusetts, Donahue Institute in Amherst, MA will host this Institute.
The Institute on Contemporary American Literature will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (U.S.) literature. Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture. The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the U.S. literary canon. At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature. Pending final ECA grant approval, Seattle University in Washington will host this Institute.
The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society. The Institute will examine the role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation. Additionally, the Institute will examine best practices in journalism by discussing the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism. Also, the Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, critical thinking, reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing. The program will also highlight the impact of technology in journalism, including the influence of the Internet, globalization of the news media, and other changes that are transforming the profession. The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2019.
The Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, anthropology and sociology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between religion and state in the United States. Participants will examine the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by the development of American-style democracy. Study will also include a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs in relation to the first amendment to the U.S. constitution, elections, public policy, and the demography of the United States. Interfaith dialogue in the American context will be practiced in the context of the group itself as well as site visits to a diversity of religious communities. Pending final ECA grant approval, the Dialogue Institute at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA will host this Institute.
The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented. The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy. The Institute will explain the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. The program will also examine the current U.S. foreign policymaking and the new trends that are shaping policy. Topics such as the concept of American sovereignty, shifting attitudes towards globalism, U.S. foreign aid, the monitoring of foreign investment in the United States, the efforts to combat terrorism and radicalization, new trade policies and agreements, immigration and border safety, and cybersecurity will be included. The program will also discuss the reorganization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the new U.S. approaches to international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The Institute on Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how new socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States. The academic program will include a thorough discussion of the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries including business, technology, science, the creative arts, and other emerging fields. Topics such as urbanization, globalization, economic development, and advances in technology such as automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will also be included. The Institute will offer opportunities for participants to research new ideas, in conjunction with American peers, to better understand the evolution of work, the changing demand for skills, and the advancements in workforce development through retraining, reskilling, and closing the skills gap.
SUSI Program for Secondary Educators
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.
Link to the application form: https://tinyurl.com/susi2019
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. The four week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities, colleges, or other academic institutions and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities. One week study tours to a different region of the United States will complement the four week academic residencies. One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.
Two of the Institutes will be tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the main focus of the Institutes for teachers is on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy. The third Institute will be tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others. All three Institutes are being openly competed this fall and will be administered under one award; the selected recipient and sub-recipients will be announced in April 2019.
The University of Montana (UM) in Missoula, MT will host one Institute for Teachers from approximately June 2 to July 7, 2019. The Institute will explore American studies through the lens of democracy and citizenship.
The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts will host the second Institute for Teachers from June 8 to July 12, 2019. The Institute will explore the ways in which individual rights and social obligations have evolved through American history.
California State University at Chico will host the Institute for Administrators from June 5 to July 10, 2019. Within the overarching shared theme, the Institute will focus on access and equity in U.S. education and society. All three Institutes will conclude with one-week study tours that end in Washington, D.C.
Who can apply?
Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers and administrators with limited prior experience in the United States. Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields. Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions. Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.
Selected participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program. This is an intensive Institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. The Institute is not a research program.
U.S. Embassy will select and nominate one candidate from Azerbaijan for the global competition.
Online Application Deadline: December 21, 2018.
Based on application review and interviews, U.S. Embassy will select and nominate one candidate from Azerbaijan
June 2019 – Program in U.S.
Link to the application form: https://tinyurl.com/susi2019
Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program – Media Literacy
The U.S. Department of State and IREX announce a program for outstanding international secondary-level school teachers to come to the U.S. for a six-week professional development opportunity featuring media literacy. The Fulbright TEA Program seeks to:
- Equip teachers with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methods, content-based instruction, project-based learning, lesson planning, and instructional technology.
- Create among educators a more nuanced understanding of the U.S.
- Develop productive and lasting relationships and mutual understanding between U.S. and international teachers and their students.
- Contribute to improved teaching in participating countries and communities by preparing participants to serve as stronger teacher leaders who, upon returning home, will apply and share their experience and skills with their peers and students.
- Make U.S. students more aware of other countries around the world through interaction with international teachers.
- For the media literacy track, develop action plans to promote media literacy and critical thinking skills in participants’ home schools, classrooms, and communities.
The international participants will travel to the United States for one of two six-week professional development programs in either fall of 2019 or spring of 2020.
Requirements for the candidates:
Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), the language and literature of your home country, social studies, civics, history, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, or related fields at institutions serving primarily a local population.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- Five or more years of full-time teaching experience
- Demonstrated oral and written English language proficiency
- Experience or demonstrated interest in the field of 21st century media literacy and critical thinking
- Citizen and resident of participating Fulbright TEA country
- Other requirements as indicated in the application
An independent review committee will be convened to select participants for the program through merit-based competition.
Accepting applications December 2018 – February 8, 2019
Applicants notified May 2019
Fall 2019 Cohort Program September – October 2019
Spring 2020 Cohort Program January – March 2020
Teachers who are selected to participate in both tracks of the Fulbright TEA Program will:
1) Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university.
2) Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
3) Participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
4) Take part in other education and cultural activities while on program in the United States.
ELIGIBLE TEACHING DISCIPLINES FOR THE FULBRIGHT TEA – MEDIA LITERACY PROGRAM ARE:
- English or English as a Foreign Language
- Language/Literature of your home country
- Social Studies (civics, history, geography, global studies, law, etc.)
- Media studies, communications, journalism, or related fields
Be full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), home country language or literature, social studies, civics, history, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, or related fields at institutions serving primarily a local population;
Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience;
- Have five or more years of full-time teaching experience;
- Be citizen of and resident in [Post or Commission to insert country];
- Earn a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL;
- Have experience or interest in the field of media literacy and critical thinking;
- Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;
- Submit a complete application.
Accepting applications November 2018 – February 2019
Applicants notified May 2019
Fall 2019 Cohort Program September – October 2019
Spring 2020 Cohort Program January – March 2020
February 8, 2019
Link to the application form:
The fellowship provides
- J-1 visa support
- A Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) held in participant’s home country
- Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.
- An orientation workshop and end-of program workshop in the U.S.
- Academic program fees (paid directly to the host institution)
- Housing (generally shared with other participants) and meals
- Accident and sickness medical coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions)
- Transportation to local schools (as needed)
- A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program
- A baggage allowance
- The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.
For all the program related inquiries, please, email at bakuEducation@state.gov, tel:(012) 4883300 ext (3609)