FULBRIGHT TEA – Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program for Teachers (TEA)

Fulbright TEA – Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program for Teachers


MEDIA LITERACY COHORTS will bring international secondary school-level educators to the United States for a six-week professional development program to take academic seminars at a host university, observe and share their expertise with U.S. teachers and students, and develop action plans to promote media literacy and critical thinking skills in their home schools, classrooms, and communities.


  • Applications must be submitted online by March 8, 2021. Start with registration at https://fulbright.irex.org
  • The U.S. Embassy will conduct Skype interviews with successful applicants in March 2021.
  • TOEFL iBT test for selected finalists will be possible on April 9 at TalTech, EducationUSA Center
  • IREX confirms their selection in August 2021
    Spring Cohort program in the U.S. – January – March 2022
    Fall Cohort program in the U.S. – September – October 2022
  • The U.S. Embassy Tallinn recruits and nominates candidates only from Estonia.
    Contact – Tiiu Vitsut vitsutt@state.gov
  • In addition to the online application questionnaire, please use the following materials:
    Online Application Guide
    Institutional Support and Reference Form (ISRF)
    Leave Approval Form


Teachers will be placed at a competitively selected university. The program will include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher 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. Please note that this is an upper level university, or graduate level academic program.


  • Applicants must be citizens and residents of Estonia
  • Have C1/C2 English skills
  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), social studies, civics, history, home country language and literature, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, or related fields 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,
  • Have experience or demonstrated interest in the field of media literacy and critical thinking
  • The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools, or community
  • Applicants who have in the past eight years at the time of application traveled to the U.S. for degree programs or exchange programs such as Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) or International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) or to other Western countries for professional development would need additional justification from the Embassy or nominating committees as to why they should be selected to go to the U.S. for the Fulbright TEA program
  • Applicants who have participated in online programs such as OPEN e-teacher online courses, or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are eligible; current teachers of the English Access Microscholarship program will be given higher priority.
  • Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between ages 12 and 18
  • Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who do not teach at least fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.

English Testing
Applicants must submit a TOEFL, or other English test score (IELTS) as part of the application, if available. If not available at the time of writing the application, the successful finalists will get a free TOEFL iBT voucher from the Embassy to take the test in April.

Additional info and forms to be uploaded with the application are available at