Closing Date: Late March 2015
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. There is only one seminar being offered for summer 2015 with 14-16 positions available for this seminar, subject to the availability of funds. Seminars usually take place from late May to mid-August for a duration of four to six weeks.
The seminar offered in 2015 will be:
- Elementary and Secondary Level (K-12): China
Terms of the award include: (1) round-trip economy airfare; (2) room and board; (3) fees; and (4) program-related travel within the host country(ies). Participants are responsible for a cost share, usually $450.00 (to defray the costs of the pre-departure orientation), plus travel insurance, inoculations required by the country (if applicable), personal passport and visa costs. The summer 2015 application and reference form deadline is late March 2015.
Those eligible to apply to the four- to six-week seminars must fall under the categories listed below, but note that the only Seminar being offered in 2015 is at the K-12 level:
- 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. (Not eligible to apply for FY 2015)
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 with high-need children and high-need students or in high-poverty schools as defined in the application package.