Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program


Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program





§ Description and Purpose

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program provides funding for highly accomplished Taiwan primary and secondary educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for 5 months in the United States, International participants gather at a single U.S. university's College of Education which will provide a broad range of education classes and faculty support.

Program components are as the following:

  • Enroll in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes (academic support will be provided by a host institution advisor who will support the international teacher and help contribute to the design and activities of the project);
  • Design and complete an Inquiry Project (sample: 
    Sample topics:
    Strengthening STEM skills through student-centered practices
    Best practices for engaging students with special needs
    Building 21st century skills by promoting civic engagement in the classroom
    Strategies for designing strong multicultural education curricula
  • Observe, team teach and/or conduct seminars or workshops in local schools for host country teachers and students;
  • Engage in other research and study related activities.

As part of the program, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:

  • Study and observe international best practices in education;
  • Share professional expertise with educators and students in the U.S.;
  • Develop leadership skills and understanding of U.S. educational policy;
  • Enhance their ability to work in diverse and multicultural environments.

Upon return, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:

  • Integrate international best practices in education in the home country classroom, school and community;
  • Integrate Inquiry Project findings into the home/ host country classroom or school;
  • Expand global and intercultural awareness of students and colleagues by sharing their Fulbright experience and infusing their experience into classroom content or curriculum;
  • Develop partnerships and joint projects with schools and classrooms in the U.S.

§ Benefits (up to 2 awards, subject to the Grant Authorization issued by the Department of State):

  • Travel allowance: a direct, round-trip economy-class air ticket (arranged by Fulbright Taiwan; for return ticket, please confirm with Fulbright Taiwan)
  • Welcome Program in Washington D.C.
  • 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 (if necessary)
  • 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

§ Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Current full-time following people are eligible to apply:
    elementary through high school teachers
    guidance counselors
    curriculum specialists
    curriculum heads
    Talented and Gifted coordinators
    Special Education coordinators
    media specialists/librarians 
  • Hold a full-time teaching position
     For the purpose of determining eligibility, "full-time" refers to applicants who are currently employed full-time or who hold a combination of positions that add up to full-time equivalency in a school, school district or educational institution at the local, state/provincial or national level.
  • Spend at least 50% of their time teaching or working directly with students
    Primary and secondary level media specialists/librarians, guidance counselors, Special Education coordinators and administrators who teach students at least 50% of their time may also apply to the program. In addition, teacher trainers from certain countries are eligible to apply.
  • Have taught for at least 5 years
    At the time of application, teachers should be in their 5th year of full-time teaching. (at least five years of full-time teaching experiences or reach five years before December 31, 2019). If selected, the year of the Fulbright exchange would be the teacher's 6th year (or more) of full-time teaching. Teachers who are in their 4th year (or less) of full-time teaching at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Demonstrate experience conducting professional development activities;
  • Demonstrate accomplishment in teaching or have previously received teaching awards or exemplary evaluations; 
  • Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions (http://www.fulbright.org.tw/tw/provisionsandconditions)
  • All other factors being equal, preference is given to applicants who has submitted all of the documents
  • During the grant period, grantee must submit a research/ reflections report to FSE Online Journal (http://journal.fulbright.org.tw/).

§ Application Procedure:

  • 1. Apply online no later than April 8, 2019. For application information, please visit the following website: http://www.fulbright.org.tw/application
  • 2. Submit the following required documents to Fulbright Taiwan, postmarked no later than April 8, 2019: 
    ●Hard copies of your completed on-lined application form (filled in English, including application form, English CV, employment certificate, and passport copy.)
    ● Chinese CV (the translation version of your English CV with your cell phone number or easy-to-be contacted number)
    ● The applicant’s supervisor and principal have to fill the certain forms downloaded in the application system, and the forms should be uploaded in the application system.
  • The mailing address is:
    The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange
    (Fulbright Taiwan) (DA)
    2F, 45 Yanping South Road
    Taipei 10043, Taiwan
  • 3. For updated information, please visit our website (http://www.fulbright.org.tw) or contact Ms. Lisa Lin, Tel: (02) 2388-2100 ext. 112; Fax: (02) 2388-2855
    E-mail: fse@fulbright.org.tw


§ Selection Procedure:

  • 1. In mid-April (tentatively scheduled on April 26), a Selection Committee (academic peers from a variety of disciplines, Board members, and staff) reviews all documents and conducts oral interviews with candidates. Candidates are informed in writing if they are to be invited for an interview, and must be physically present for this interview. The Committee then recommends a slate of candidates for selection by Fulbright Taiwan’s Board in May. 
  • 2. Applicants are notified by Fulbright Taiwan of their nomination/non-nomination immediately after the Board meeting. Their nomination is also sent to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for global competition.
  • 3. The grant is then subject to:
    a. Global competition and final approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB)
    b. The candidate's placement with a U.S. institution approved by Fulbright Taiwan
  • 4. Final approval is then estimated to be received by Fulbright Taiwan in September 2019 and conveyed to grantees as soon as received.


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