Who May Apply: (by category) Individuals (as described below)
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 seminar participants:
- 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 full-time experience by the time of departure for the seminar; (2) must be currently employed full-time in a U.S. school system, U.S. accredited 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; 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.
- 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.
Specific Eligibility Requirements that are Only Applicable to Some Applicants:1) 50% Rule – Applications are accepted from kindergarten through 12th grade and postsecondary educators who work in two half-time permanent positions in one or more schools or organizations, teaching or working at the same or similar academic levels. Applicants should indicate in the Curriculum Vitae (CV) their full or part-time status, including percent Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for each position. If applicants are selected to participate in the Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad Program, they will be expected to provide documentation demonstrating that the two positions equal a full-time teaching position or related administrative responsibilities. 2) Competitive Preference Priority – Applications from any one of the following categories will receive either one or three points with proper documentation included in the application:
- Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers or administrators who work at schools that meet the criteria identified in section 465(a)(2)(A) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (schools at which eligible teachers may obtain Perkins Loan Cancellation or Teacher Loan forgiveness), which includes schools eligible for assistance under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, (see links below) will receive one point; or
- Faculty members who teach at Minority-Serving Institutions (as defined in this application) will receive one point; or
- Faculty members who teach at Community Colleges (as defined in this application) will receive one point; or
- New applicants (as defined in this application) will receive three points.
In order to receive points under this competitive preference priority, the applicant must identify one subpart and provide documentation supporting his or her claims by uploading a document from one of the following categories:
- For a Title I school, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics Search for Public Schools. Please enter your school’s information to search for the school. Once you find your school, please upload the document that contains your school’s general information and Title I school status.
- For a school that is eligible to participate in Perkins and Stafford Loan Cancellation for Service in Low-Income Schools and Educational Service Agencies, please visit the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory. Please enter your school’s information to search for the school. Once you find your school, please upload the document that contains your school’s general information and classification as a low-income school.
- Questions about the inclusion or omission of a particular school or educational service agency should be directed to the state education agency contact in the state where the school or educational service agency is located, not to the U.S. Department of Education. This information is located on the State Contacts page.
- For a Minority-Serving Institution or Community College, please visit the College Navigator. Please enter your institution’s information to search for the school. Once you find your school, please upload the document that contains your school’s general information and designation as either a Minority-Serving Institution or Community College.
- For New Applicant, please upload a statement indicating that you have not received a fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education or the U.S. Department of State under the Mutual Cultural and Educational Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act) or a discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended prior to the deadline date for applications under this program.
Local Educational Agency means:
- A public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control of or direction of, or to perform service functions for, public elementary or secondary schools in:
- A city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State; or
- Such combination of school districts or counties a State recognizes as an administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary schools; or
- Any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a public elementary or secondary school.
- As used in 34 CFR parts 400, 408, 525, 526 and 527 (vocational education programs), the term also includes any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a vocational education program. 34 CFR 77.1(c).
State Educational Agency means the State board of education or other agency or officer primarily responsible for the supervision of public elementary and secondary schools in a State. In the absence of this officer or agency, it is an officer or agency designated by the Governor or State law. 34 CFR 77.1(c).
Minority-Serving Institution means an institution that is eligible to receive assistance under sections 316 through 320 of part A of Title III, under part B of Title III, or under title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
Community College means an institution that meets the definition in section 312(f) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1058(f)); or an institution of higher education (as defined in section 101 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1001)) that awards degrees and certificates, more than 50 percent of which are not bachelor’s degrees (or an equivalent).
New Applicant means any applicant that has not received: 1) a fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education or the U.S. Department of State under the Mutual Cultural and Educational Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act) or 2) a discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended prior to the deadline date for applications under this program.
Condition of EligibilityAny applicant who has participated previously in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad or Group Projects Abroad program(s) and has not completed the program requirement of a curriculum project or final report will have their application deemed ineligible.
Participants in the SA program must complete a project report which must be submitted to the Department of Education, and a curriculum project to be submitted to both the Department and the seminar’s administering agency no later than 90 days after the conclusion of the seminar.
Note: “We are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process; nonetheless, Seminar is contingent upon many factors, such as the availability of funds, the number or quality of applications, and travel alerts. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.