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Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI) 2021-2022 Announcement

Application Deadline : Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. BST


The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Fulbright Distinguish Award in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI).  This program is a semester-long non-degree, non-credit professional exchange program for primary and secondary-level teachers.

The Fulbright DAI program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREX, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. Participants will gain unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.  Teachers from Bangladesh will join other teachers from around the world in the United States for the Fall 2022 semester (August to December 2022) at a U.S. university. The program will include coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and teaching strategies for the participants’ home environment, as well as the use of computers for Internet, Word processing, and as teaching tools.  The semester long program will also include a two-months internship at an American school to actively engage participants with American teachers and students.  Trips to U.S. cultural sites and academic support will be provided for participants throughout the program – that would be subject to the situation of pandemic.

Financial provisions of this fellowship include: J-1 visa support, a pre-departure orientation held

in Dhaka, round-trip airfare to and within the U.S., a Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C., academic program fees, housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals, accident and health insurance, transportation to the internship school (if necessary), a book/professional development allowance, a closing seminar hosted by one of the Fulbright DAI host universities in the United States, the opportunity to host a U.S. teacher for two weeks, and the opportunity to apply for follow-on grants.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a primary or secondary-level, full-time teacher or special education specialist with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including Social Studies, Civic-Education, Mathematics, English as a Foreign Language, Science and special education
  • Be a citizen of Bangladesh
  • Have a valid Bangladeshi passport
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities and be committed to continue teaching for at least five years after completion of the Fulbright DAI program
  • Be proficient in written and spoken Engli The program requires English language skills sufficient to function independently in the U.S and the ability to express ideas clearly and effectively in university and professional settings
  • Have general computer skills, including word processing, basic file management, and familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Submit a complete online application

Application Package

  1. A completed application form, available at
  2. Completed Institutional Support and Reference Forms (ISRF), completed by a supervisor; IFRS forms are available at
  3. Leave Approval Form (LAF) available at
  4. A photocopy of the applicant’s passport (information pages only, upload it at Section XV. Supplemental Documents).
  1. Copies of academic records (mark sheets or transcripts of graduate and postgraduates only, upload it at Section XV. Supplemental Documents).

If you experience any difficulties with navigating the online application, please contact Program Manager Ms. Tahnia Shahid at

Please note that this program is for current primary- and secondary-level school teachers.  Ministry of Education officials, educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, and private English-language tutors are not eligible to apply.

Short-listed candidates will be required to complete a TOEFL or IELTS test, as strong English skills are a requirement for the program.  A score of 6.5 or higher on the paper based IELTS, or an equivalent English language examination score, is required to participate in the Fulbright DAI program.  Candidates with valid scores will not be required to take the test again.  The American Center will arrange all required testing.

Applicants must follow all application instructions and submission guidelines.  Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview and the interview will be conducted in English.   Applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

The application form (including ISRF and LAF forms) is available at

Please note that the final date for receiving applications is Thursday, April 15, 2021.  Previous candidates may reapply, with the understanding that this is a worldwide competition, and all applicants will go through a rigorous screening process.  Finalists will be notified at the end of December 2021.  The program will take place in the U.S. in August 2022.

For additional information about this program, please contact Program Manager Ms. Tahnia Shahid at 02-5566-2808 or by email at