The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program

The 2020 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program 21st Century Classroom Media Literacy Program
Application Deadline: January 14, 2019

The Embassy of the United States in Tashkent is pleased to announce the 2020 Eurasia/South Asia Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program.

Program Overview

The Fulbright TEA Media Literacy Program will bring international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program to take academic seminars at a host university, observe and share their expertise with U.S. teachers and students, and develop action plans to promote media literacy and critical thinking skills in their home schools, classrooms, and communities. The program provides secondary school teachers with professional development to enhance their expertise in the field of media literacy and provide them with a deeper understanding of best practices in education. Contributes to improving education in participating countries and communities by preparing participants to serve as even stronger educational leaders who are equipped to apply and share their experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home. The program will include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in a U.S. classroom environment. The international participants will travel to the United States for one of two six-week professional development programs in either fall of 2019 or spring 2020.

After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for small grant awards for essential teaching materials, follow-up training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools and their home schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

The TEA fellowship is fully funded and provides:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in the participant’s home country;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
  • A Welcome Program at the host university;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • Transportation to the teaching practicum school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the academic program;
  • A book/professional development allowance
  • A baggage allowance;
  • An end-of-program workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be current secondary school-level*(including academic lyceums and vocational colleges), full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), the language and literature of your home country, math, science, or social studies, global studies, media studies, communication, journalism, law including special education teachers in those subjects at an institution serving primarily a local population;
  • Have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program;
  • Be citizens of and residents in Uzbekistan;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Earn a minimum score of 45-46 on the TOEFL iBT. Important: applicants are NOT required to take the test at the moment of application submission. TOEFL tests will be arranged for selected semi-finalists in February, 2019;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

*Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age. Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time in order to be eligible for the program.

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. The Fulbright TEA Program supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply. Teachers who have participated in the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, Partners in Education (PiE), Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program are not eligible for Fulbright TEA.  If you have participated in other professional development exchange programs in the United States, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent to inquire about your eligibility. Please note that preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in these programs or another Fulbright program.

The Fulbright TEA Program is an upper level university or graduate level academic program for practicing teachers. Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.  Applicants must reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application.

Applications NOT meeting the above eligibility requirements will NOT be forwarded to the Selection Committee.

Fulbright TEA reserves the right to verify all the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

Institutional Support and Reference Form (ISRF) And Leave Approval Form (LAF)

All applications must include the Institutional Support and Reference Form, which must be completed by your supervisor at the school where you are employed. The Leave Approval Form must be signed by the director of the school where you are employed. Both forms must be hand signed. An English translation must be provided if the form and reference letter are not written in English.

Download the application form, Institutional Support and Reference Form, and Leave Approval form or request the forms via email:

A completed application includes all elements listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  You may submit your application to the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent electronically or in paper form in the following order.

  1. Application (PDF 616 KB | DOCX 64 KB),
  2. Hand signed IREX Privacy Policy,
  3. Institutional Support and Reference Form completed by your supervisor (PDF 153 KB | DOC 34 KB),
  4. Leave Approval Form completed by your school director (PDF 122 KB | DOC 27 KB), and
  5. A copy of your passport (pages 2-3)

Answer all questions as fully as possible. Institutional support forms, recommendations and other required documents must be included in the application package.  If you decide to send scan of your application, check to make sure the scans are legible. Illegible low-resolution applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received at the U.S. Embassy no later than January 14, 2019, 18:00 electronically or in paper form.

Paper submission:

Fulbright TEA 2020 Program
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
3 Moyqorghon Street, 5th Block Yunusobod District
Tashkent, 100093 Uzbekistan

Electronic submission:

Questions about the Fulbright TEA Program

Please email your questions to: with “Fulbright TEA” in the subject line of all emails or call us at +998 78 120 5450 or +998 78 140 2441.