Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad: Bilateral Projects, U.S. Department of State

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for overseas experience. The program is open to educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies. Topics and host countries of the seminars vary from year to year. All seminars are in non-Western European countries. Seminars are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country or countries. The program is geared towards those educators with little or no experience in the host country(ies) who demonstrate the need to develop and enhance their curriculum through short-term study and travel abroad. Seminars usually take place from late May to mid-August for a duration of four to six weeks.



Those eligible to apply to the four- to six-week seminars must fall under the categories listed below:

  • Elementary school teachers in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
  • Middle or high school educators in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
  • Administrators or curriculum specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
  • Librarians, museum educators or media or resource specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages; and
  • Faculty or administrators from public or private, two- or four-year institutions of higher education whose discipline is related to social sciences, humanities, languages, and/or area studies.



Basic eligibility requirements for the four- to six-week and two-week seminars:

  • Citizenship - must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident.
  • Academic Preparation - must hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Professional Experience - (1) must have at least three years of education-related full-time experience by the time of departure for the seminar; (2) must be currently employed full-time in a U.S. school system, institution of higher education, local education agency, state education agency, library, or museum (some examples include curriculum specialists, librarians, museum educators, and media or resource specialists if you have responsibility for curriculum in these fields at the K-12 level; experience as a student teacher is not applicable toward the three years of required full-time professional experience); and (3) must be currently employed full-time in a teaching position at the level for which the candidate is applying.
  • 50 Percent Rule -- Applications are accepted from those who work in two half-time permanent positions in two different schools or organizations teaching or working at the same or similar academic levels. Applicants must provide documentation that both positions add up to the equivalent of a full-time position.
  • Health - The candidate must be physically and psychologically able to participate in all phases of the seminar. Award recipients must provide a physician's statement to reflect participant's readiness for travel.
  • Suitability and Adaptability – The applicants’ professional suitability and cross-cultural adaptability are assessed through the evaluation criteria, essay responses, and letters of reference.
  • Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have not had substantial recent experience abroad, especially in the country to which they are applying. The Board defines substantial recent experience as study, teaching, research, or employment for a period aggregating more than an academic year (nine months) during the past five years.



Note: We invite applications from K-12 teachers/administrators who work at schools identified as Title l schools or those that are eligible for the Federal Student Aid Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program. Applications from applicants who work at a school that falls into one of these categories will be awarded 10 additional points. Please indicate in your CV if your school is either eligible to be considered a Title l school or to participate in the Federal Student Aid Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.



Application Inquiries:

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, U.S. Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education, 1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20006

Program Officer: Maria Chang



For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage on the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad: Bilateral Projects.



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