Distinguished Awards in Teaching Programme for International Teachers

This programme brings British teachers and/or education professionals to the United States for a semester to pursue individual or group projects, audit courses for professional development at a host university, and observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the university as well as local primary and/or secondary schools.

The Distinguished Award in Teaching Program for International Teachers runs for approximately five months (August 2023 to December 2023) and includes:

  • Travel costs (international and some domestic)
  • Accommodation, maintenance allowance, and meal stipend
  • Opportunity to participate an End of Program workshop in Washington DC
  • Sickness and accident coverage
  • Visa guidance
  • Pre-departure support
  • Support in the USA
  • Access to a global alumni network of collaborative engagement and cultural diplomacy, with over 300,000 academically and professionally accomplished members.
  • Contribution of up to £15,000 to the awardee's employee to help cover the cost of covering the teachers position for five months

Dual US-UK citizens, US Green Card holders, or individuals who are resident in the US at the time of application are ineligible to apply. 

Non-UK citizens are typically required to apply through the Commission/Post in their country of citizenship, but as not all Commissions run this programme, applications from non-UK citizens based in the UK and committed to a life and career in the UK may also be considered. Applicants in this category should contact the US-UK Fulbright Commission (programmes@fulbright.org.uk) before making an application.

The US-UK Fulbright programme aims to foster cultural understanding between our two countries. Preference may therefore be given to applicants who do not have extensive experience (six months or longer) in the USA.

Applicants with extensive US experience should explain in detail how further experience in the USA will fulfil the Fulbright mission in ways that their prior visits did not.

To be eligible to apply for a Distinguished Award in Teaching, applicants must:

  • Be full-time primary and secondary educators, including classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, special education coordinators, administrators and others who spend at least half of their time interacting with students
  • Have five years of full-time teaching experience or working with students in another capacity
  • Have a proven track record of professional development activities and leadership
  • Be citizen and resident of participating Fulbright DAI country
  • Meet other requirements as indicated in the application

If you are interested in applying, please read our How to Apply page. You can also catch up on our webinar below.