Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program FY2018  

Announcement

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program FY2018

 

The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program.  This program is a six-week exchange program for secondary school teachers.  The program will take place in the spring (February – March) or fall (September – November) 2019.

The Fulbright TEA 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 in either the spring or fall 2019 cohort. 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 six- week program will also include a two-week internship at a secondary 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.

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 TEA host universities in the U.S., 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 in order to be eligible for the program:

  • Be a secondary-level, full-time teacher with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English as a Foreign Language, Social Studies, Civics, Mathematics, and Science;
  • Be a citizen of Bangladesh;
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities and be committed to continue teaching for at least five years after completion of the Fulbright TEA program;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.   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;
  • Have submitted a complete application which includes:
  1. A completed Application Form (please do not include the instruction pages);
  2. A current CV;
  3. Completed Institutional Support and Reference Forms (ISRF), completed by a supervisor;
  4. Leave Approval Form (LAF)
  5. A photocopy of the applicant’s passport (information pages only);
  6. One passport size photo; and
  7. Copies of academic records (mark sheets or transcripts of graduate and post graduates only).

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

Short-listed candidates will be required to sit for a TOEFL or IELTS test, as strong English skills are a requirement for the program.  A score of 6.0 or higher on the paper based IELTS, or an equivalent English language examination score, is required to participate in the Fulbright TEA program.  Candidates with valid scores will not be required to test again.  The American Center will arrange all testing as required.

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

You can send completed applications to the attention of Ms. Tahnia Shahid at the American Center, U.S. Embassy Annex, J Block, Progoti Sharoni, Baridhara, Dhaka-1212, no later than Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Please note that the closing date for applications is final.  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 September 2018.

For additional information about this program, please contact Program Manager Ms. Tahnia Shahid (Phone: 5566-2808; e-mail address:  ShahidTX@state.gov).

Sincerely,

Kelly Ryan
Cultural Affairs Officer
Educational and Exchange Programs