Fulbright Teaching Excellence
and Achievement (FTEA) Program

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (FTEA) Program will bring international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week professional development opportunity to take academic seminars at a host university, observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools.

Teachers who are selected to participate in the FTEA Program Media Literacy Cohort will:

1. Take part in graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university;
2. Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools;
3. Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
4. Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.

University Coursework:

Weekly Seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The Fulbright TEA Program provides academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.

U.S. School Placements: The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

Online Professional Learning Community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

Fulbright Teacher Exchanges are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership, and professional experience. Final selection of Fulbright TEA Program Media Literacy Cohort teachers is made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.

Eligibility criteria

Factors affecting selection

Grant Benefits

Visa sponsorship
Program administration
International travel
Domestic travel and ground transportation
Book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances
Housing and meals
Basic health care insurance

How to apply

You can register for one of our Q&A webinars taking place either on February 6 or February 27, 2024 to learn more about the Program.

Candidate must submit an online application. There is no need to send any documents to the Commission.

Submit an online application .


Deadline for submission of application is March 28, 2024. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Spring and Fall Cohort Dates

Spring 2025

FTEA grantees will participate in the Program in the U.S. approximately from late January to March 2025.

Fall 2025

FTEA grantees will participate in the Program in the U.S. approximately from September to October 2025.

Application flow

January - March

Application cycle is open.

March 28

Deadline for application submission is March 28, 2024. Applications are reviewed for eligibility criteria. The most qualified applicants are invited for an interview.


Online interviews are conducted. Successful applicants are notified of their nomination and must take TOEFL language test.

May - August

The final stage of the selection process is made by the IREX .

August – September

Successful applicants chosen by the IREX are notified.

March – June

Administrative steps to process visa applications and departure for the U.S. are taken.*

June - July

Pre-Departure Orientation is hosted by the Fulbright Commission.
Visa interviews are conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava.*

* If the grant starts in the spring semester, administrative steps to process visa applications and departure for the U.S. are taken between May and October, and visa interviews are conducted between November and December.


What degree of English proficiency should I have?

You must be fully proficient in English to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions, and read and write assignments in English.

Do I need to take TOEFL test?

Only nominated candidates are required to take TOEFL test. Minimum score is 61 (iBT). Nominated candidates will receive the voucher for the test.

I have been to the United States before. Does that mean I cannot apply for this program?

You can apply for the Program. Please bear in mind that candidates with little or no experience in the United States may be preferred for the program.

Can a relative travel and stay with me during the Program?

Unfortunately no. Relatives are not permitted to travel or stay with a participant during the Program.

Can I arrive early/late for the Program or can I stay after the end of the Program?

You must arrive in the United States on the start date of the FTEA Program and return home at the conclusion of the Fellowship. Any personal travel during the program must be approved by IREX. If you do plan to travel within the United States, you are responsible for all related expenses and travel arrangements and must seek prior approval from IREX and your host university at least two weeks in advance by completing the U.S. Travel Authorization Form.

Can I miss one part or component of the Program?

You may not miss any Program activities for personal travel or visits (including, but not limited to, courses, workshops, field experience, cultural and civic activities). You may not travel outside of the United States.

Where are participants accommodated when in the U.S.?

Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing in single rooms arranged for them by the university. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.

Do you have further question?

Please, write us an email at office@fulbright.sk