Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program


U.S. Embassy Budapest and the Hungarian Fulbright Commission are pleased to announce the 2023-24 Fulbright TEA (Teaching Excellence and Achievement) Program.

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) in Media Literacy program is a six-week seminar in the United States for secondary-level teachers, in September 2024. The timing of the program is subject to change, depending on conditions in the host communities.

Topics of seminars may include:

  • recognizing bias/propaganda, stereotypes, and misinformation;
  • strategies for improving students’ critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills;
  • how media literacy promotes civic engagement/ the role of media in society;
  • fostering cyber safety and digital citizenship in the classroom;
  • and technology training.

Teachers will be placed at a competitively selected university. The program will include content-specific coursework with a focus on media literacy and critical thinking. In addition to the sample seminar topics listed above, the program will feature academic seminars on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers. The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher of English, social studies, history, civics, communications, journalism, math, or science in a U.S. 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.

Ideal candidates are:

Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), social studies, civics, history, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, and math or science at institutions serving primarily a local population.

Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program, and have experience or demonstrated interest in the field of media literacy and critical thinking. Secondary-level teachers include both elementary/middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age. Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time in order to be eligible. The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools or districts.

All candidates must have sufficient oral and written English language skills to take part in specialized seminars and give presentations in U.S. schools. Applicants must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency by attaining a minimum score of at least 61 on the IBT of English as a Foreign Language or an equivalent exam.

Please note:

Dependents are not permitted to accompany participants on this six-week program.

All program related expenses will be covered by the U.S. Department of State.

Please submit your application online: https://fulbright.irex.org

Application deadline:

March 15, 2023, Midnight


Program Alumni

Read Viktoria Toth’s alumni reflections “Dare to Ask, Dare to Act” about her experience during the Fulbright TEA Program in English or in Hungarian.