Closing Date: February 5, 2014
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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 application and reference form deadline is February 5, 2014.
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 2014 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.
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; and (3) must be currently employed full-time in a teaching position at the level for which the candidate is applying.
- 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.
- Those individuals who have participated previously in short-term (under two months) Fulbright awards such as the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, the Group Projects Abroad Program, or the Fulbright Memorial Fund Program, may become eligible to participate again two years after completion of a previous program. Please be sure to check with the Fulbright-Hays office concerning your eligibility.
Note: We invite applications from K-12 teachers/administrators who work with high-need students or in high-poverty schools as defined in this notice, and from postsecondary educators/administrators who work in community colleges or minority serving institutes including those that are eligible to receive assistance under part A or B of Title III or under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended).
High-need children and high-need students means children and students at risk of educational failure, such as children and students who are living in poverty, who are English learners, who are far below grade level or who are not on track to becoming college- or career-ready by graduation, who have left school or college before receiving, respectively, a regular high school diploma or a college degree or certificate, who are at risk of not graduating with a diploma on time, who are homeless, who are in foster care, who are pregnant or parenting teenagers, who have been incarcerated, who are new immigrants, who are migrant, or who have disabilities.
High-poverty school means a school in which at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or in which at least 50 percent of students are from low-income families as determined using one of the criteria specified under section 1113(a)(5) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. For middle and high schools, eligibility may be calculated on the basis of comparable data from feeder schools. Eligibility as a high-poverty school under this definition is determined on the basis of the most currently available data.
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, U.S. Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education, 1990 K Street, N.W., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006.
Program Officer: Carly Borgmeier