Robert Fitzgerald
at UCL Institute of Education

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Denise Bruxelles
at University of Birmingham

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Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching


Applications for AY 2017-2018 awards are now closed.

This highly prestigious programme will provide US recipients with the opportunity to study in an overseas research centre or university. Participants can take advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes, conduct research, design and lead seminars for host country teachers and students and engage in other teaching-related activities. Grantees will propose an action-based research project at the time of application that should encourage cross-cultural dialogue, reflection and support teaching activities. In conjunction with host institution mentors, grantees will design programme activities that will enhance the action-based research project and contribute to its successful completion. Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the programme with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.


The grant covers program costs, including transportation, lodging, host institution fees and related expenses. Grantees will attend a mandatory program orientation in Washington, DC in August to help them prepare for their program. While abroad, grantees will receive a maintenance allowance designed to assist with the costs of living during the program. Grantees will have the opportunity to apply for professional development funds to support development and research or to cover the expenses of attending a conference or workshop related to their field of teaching expertise. Grantees will study at a host university or institution abroad and conduct an inquiry project related to their professional interests. Additional activities in local schools include opportunities to observe classes, team teach or conduct seminars or workshops.

Additionally, Fulbright participants in the UK are invited to attend a wide range of events, and benefit from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Fulbright Commission. Staff members guide scholars through the UK visa application process. An annual 3-day Orientation takes place in mid-September in London; a 4 day Fulbright Forum highlights a specific place or region of the UK each January (Newcastle in 2017); and a farewell ‘End-cap’ event is planned around the last week of June/early July (Glasgow 2016). Participants also receive free institutional memberships with various UK partner organisations. The UK Fulbright alumni network arranges for a UK alumni mentor and seeks to introduce visiting US Teachers to relevant contacts.

Selection Criteria

Full selection criteria are available from the Institute for International Education website.

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:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Hold a Master’s degree (or be enrolled in a Master’s program at the time of application);
  • Be employed full-time at an accredited school in the U.S. or in a U.S. territory;
  • For the purpose of determining eligibility, "full-time" refers to applicants who are currently employed full-time by a school or school district. Teachers who hold a combination of part-time jobs which may add up to a full-time equivalent are not eligible;
  • Spend at least 50% of their time teaching or working directly with primary or secondary level students;
  • Have taught primary or secondary students for at least five years;
  • At the time of application, teachers should be in at least their fifth year of full-time teaching. If selected, the year of the Fulbright Program would be the teacher's sixth (or more) year 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;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting professional development activities;
  • Demonstrate accomplishment in teaching or having previously received teaching awards or exemplary evaluations;

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, as measured by Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS) rates in the U.S.

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to work for the betterment of the home and host countries both during and after studies.


Full application details available from the Institute for International Education website.

And apply here!

For a list of all the DAT UK partners, please see the "additional information" tab.



December - Applications due to the IIE

December to February  - Applications evaluated

March  - Shortlisted applicants invited to Telephone Interviews

April - Notification of selections

May to June - Fulbright paperwork preparation and placements confirmation


Additional Information

The following UK institutions have agreed to host Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:

UCL Institute of Education

Durham University 

Queen's University Belfast

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Leeds

University of Nottingham

University of Strathclyde

Selected candidates will be placed at one of our partner UK hosts listed on this page. Before submitting your application, we advise you to identify a potential host from this list of UK institutions, making sure it would be a good for your proposed research project.

The application process for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching is facilitated by the Institute for International Education. Please contact the IIE at if you have any questions about the programme.