For Greek primary and secondary school educators who hold full-time teaching positions in any subject. Primary and secondary level library media specialists, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, special education coordinators, and other educators including administrators who work with primary and/or secondary students at least fifty percent of their time may also apply.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - Friday April 28, 2023
No applications will be accepted beyond April 28, 2023 at 23:59 EST (= April 29, 2023, 7:59 Greek time)
Photo Credit: Effrosyni Xanthopoulou
Overview and Guidelines
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to two grants to outstanding Greek primary and secondary-level school educators to attend the 2023 Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. The Fulbright DAI brings international primary and secondary teachers to the United States for a semester-long program beginning in August 2024 to pursue individual or group projects, audit courses for professional development at a host university, and observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and local primary and secondary schools. This four-month professional development program, divided over three U.S. university campuses, provides approximately 54 international teachers with a unique opportunity to develop greater expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teacher skills, increase their knowledge about the United States, and complete an individual or group project. Faculty advisors will guide the participants in the refinement and implementation of their projects. Activities include academic coursework, leadership training, instructional technology seminars, and opportunities to observe, co-teach, and share expertise in U.S. elementary and secondary schools.
The 2023-2024 program will mark the fourteenth year of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. Participating locations for international applicants are Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Finland, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.
- Fulbright Distinguished Teachers support people-to-people diplomacy throughout their time in the United States, in U.S. host classrooms and communities.
- All participants have opportunities to observe, co-teach, and share their expertise in U.S. elementary and secondary schools.
- With a special focus on intensive professional development, all Fulbright Distinguished Teachers complete an inquiry project during their time in the United States.
- Participants collaborate with their peers as part of a professional learning community on their inquiry projects to develop educational materials, workshops, or other resources to meet an educational need in their home country.
- Promote mutual understanding between teachers, their schools, and communities in the United States and abroad by building teachers’ and students’ global competence, and by sharing educational best practices internationally.
- Provide professional development to enhance educators’ expertise in their disciplines and furnish them with a deeper understanding of best practices in education.
- Contribute to improving education in participating countries by preparing participants to serve as educational leaders who are equipped to apply and share their experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home.
Educator training: Fulbright Distinguished Teachers take part in an intensive semester-long professional development program at a U.S. university. The curriculum includes academic coursework, leadership training, and instructional technology seminars.
Inquiry projects: Each participant will complete an individual or group project relevant to their education practice. Past projects covered topics such as current methodologies for teaching math, science, music, visual arts, performing arts, and English as a second language; working with special needs students; promoting civic engagement or service learning; environmental education; school management and leadership; and others that meet a critical need in the candidate's home country.
Field experience: Fulbright Distinguished Teachers are actively engaged with U.S. schools. They are given opportunities to observe, co-teach, and share their expertise, building collaborative, lasting connections with teachers and students.
Best practice exchange: Fulbright Distinguished Teachers study and observe international best practices in education. They also share professional expertise with educators and students in the United States.
Civic and cultural activities: Fulbright Distinguished Teachers participate in US cultural activities such as performances, sporting events, visits to U.S. homes, board of education meetings, and trips to notable historical sites.
The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - ECA, and is administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board - IREX.
"They claim that Fulbright exchange programs offer unique experiences. They are absolutely right! I could never have imagined how many things one can learn by co-existing with colleagues from all over the world. For me it was not only a journey to the U.S.A. but also to Bangladesh, Brazil, Finland, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore and Uganda. My fifteen fellows allowed me to see their countries through them! I felt both a student and a teacher simultaneously. I enjoyed once more attending university classes, visiting different kind of schools in Arizona, having roommates from two different continents, and exploring cities, states and landscapes with my new friends. We had amazing people in the U.S. who really took care of us. I feel incredibly lucky that I have met each and every one of them, our program managers, our professors, the friendship families, the teachers. We had many learning opportunities such as conferences, workshops, cultural events, field trips! Arizona is a great place to experience the DAI program, living in a big metropolis with great weather in a great university, ASU! I also enjoyed the welcome orientation in Washington where IREX had it all so well organized. All 48 educators were together, and I tried to get to know fellows and people that would be in different universities in the program. I feel fortunate I was part of this cohort. [...]"
Effie Xanthopoulou, 2020 Fulbright Distinguished Teacher
View the official Fulbright DAI Program Announcement
Educators are nominated to participate in the Fulbright DAI Program based on their professional experience, academic training, inquiry project idea, and leadership potential. Final selec tion of Fulbright Distinguished 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.
- Greek citizenship and residency. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
- Applicants who have in the past five to eight years traveled to the U.S. for exchange programs such as the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) or International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) would need additional justification as to why they should be selected to return to the U.S. for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers.
- Preference will be given to candidates with a BA/MA degree from a recognized Greek University (AEI)..
- Assignment in the Greek public school system at the primary and secondary education level. Very limited private schools can be considered and only if they serve under-resourced student populations.
- Full-time employment or a combination of positions that add up to full-time equivalence.
- At least 50 percent of teaching to the local (not expatriate) population as part of the full-time employment.
- Minimum of five years of full-time professional teaching experience or similar level.
- Evidence of leadership in the school or region.
- Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and home country education institutions and schools.
- Preparedness for an intensive 4-month U.S.-based training program with very limited free time for personal travel or sightseeing.
- Willingness to work and live collaboratively with international peers to foster a positive learning community.
- Articulated ideas and ability to express ideas clearly and effectively.
- Excellent command of the English language.
- Preference will be given to applicants who are early to mid-career.
- Priority will be given to applicants with virtually no prior experience in the United States.
- Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Fulbright grant.
- Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component.
IMPORTANT NOTE: At present, the Greek Ministry of Education only grants unpaid leave for the purpose of program participation. Candidates have to take this into account when considering participation and ensure that family and home expenses can be covered during their absence.
"The whole experience I had in the USA as a Fulbrighter influenced me as a person and an educator at such a significant level that I am more confident to address either personal or professional challenges ...and, an aspect that I did not expect to happen, my followers on social media changed their -sometimes biased- minds about the USA through my frequent posts about american culture, everyday life, educational system. I am deeply thankful for the opportunity Fulbright Greece gave me!"
Ilianna Anagnostakou, 2021 Fulbright Distinguished Teacher
The program is fully funded, with all participant costs covered, including:
- Academic program fees, domestic travel, ground transportation for school visits during the program, housing and meal arrangements, incidental expenses, baggage and technology allowances.
- Round-trip airfare for international travel from your hometown to destination.
- A welcome program in Washington D.C.
- Limited health and accident insurance (for recipient only). All participants will receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) of $100,000 with $25 co-pay per medical visit, $75 co-pay per emergency entry or hospitalization for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
- Pre-departure orientation.
- Participation in the Annual Awards ceremony.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa sponsorship.
- Membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program).
- Invitations for Participation in Outreach and Train the Trainers Workshops.
- Opportunities to compete for small grants awards for essential teaching materials, to offer follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.
Terms and Conditions
- Online submission of a complete application package is mandatory. A first evaluation and selection will take place at the Foundation prior to the interviews, based on the requirements and aims of the Fulbright DAI program.
- A Fulbright Selection Committee will interview candidates on a specific date. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview appointments (time and date) with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews last for about 20 minutes. Interviews are conducted in English and held virtually.
- Candidates will be informed of their nomination status on the day immediately following the end of the interview cycle. Recommended candidates’ applications will be reviewed by a committee of educational experts in the U.S. who will make the final selection.
- Participants are expected to complete the entire four-month professional development program, to attend all activities and to complete their project.
- Children and spouses may accompany but the related expenses and arrangements are the responsibility of the grantee.
- The focus of the program is on issues in teaching rather than educational administration.
- Travel arrangements will be made in agreement with the Foundation and the program organizers. Participants will be given the option of traveling after the end of their program during the 30-day grace period of the J-1 visa and provided they take care of all expenses and arrangement including additional health insurance coverage.
- Fulbright grant recipients must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. It is a condition of the visa that, after completion of the academic program, scholars must return to Greece and reside there for two years before being eligible to immigrate or apply for permanent residence or a work permit in the United States. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return to their home country and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program to broaden and strengthen mutual understanding between Greece and the United States.
- Upon returning home, educators will be expected to share the knowledge andexperience gained on the program with educators and students in their home schools and within their communities.
Once submitted, your application form will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation for review. You will receive a confirmation email in the week following your submission.
The Fulbright office in Athens must receive your completed application by Saturday, April 29, at 7:59 AM including the following documents:
- Fulbright online application form;
- Copy of your Bachelor's degree or other degrees earned (in pdf. format, max 2 MB per file) with English translations. Transcripts are not required.
- Institutional Support and Reference Form to be completed by your school director / supervisor*;
- Leave Approval Form to be completed by the Regional Directorate*.
* Applicants may initially seek approval from their school to confirm its support for a leave request in the event they are awarded. The Regional Directorate will not approve leave until grant documents can be provided and we advise applicants to upload the Leave Approval Form blank until further notice.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Greek Program Coordinator for questions or additional documentation / instructions.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2023-2024 FULBRIGHT DISTINGUISHED AWARDS IN TEACHING PROGRAM FOR GREEK TEACHERS
January 24, 2023– April 28, 2023
All candidates must submit a complete application package of requested documents
Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11.59 PM EST
May 2-5, 2023
Evaluation and First Selection
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed through a virtual platform.
Friday, May 26, 2023
Notification of Results (finalists)
December 1, 2023
Notification of Final Selection and Placement
Grantees are invited to the Foundation on the day of their U.S. Embassy visa appointment and interview
Attendance is required
August – December 2024 (4 months)
Grant Implementation Period
Final Grant Report & Debriefing Session
Throughout the year
Outreach and Train the Trainers Programs
Alumni will be invited to outreach programs to support potential candidates and share their experience with other professionals. Programs can take place at any time during the year and announcements will be made in due time.