Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program


U.S. Embassy Budapest and the Hungarian Fulbright Commission are pleased to announce the 2022-23 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, either in January 2023 or September 2023. The timing of the program is subject to change, depending on conditions in the host communities.

Topics of seminars 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 500 on the Institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language or an equivalent exam. Selected candidates will take the institutional TOEFL exam arranged by the Fulbright Commission in April, 2022.

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

Online application guide for applicants, PDF [1 MB]

The paper-based application form is available upon request: Birok@state.gov Berzetey@fulbright.hu

Application deadline:

April 1, 2022, Midnight