Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program Media Literacy Cohorts 2021-2022

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program Media Literacy Cohorts will provide approximately 44 fellowships to international secondary school teachers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to participate in a six-week non-degree, non-credit academic program at a U.S. university. The international participants will travel to the United States for one of two six-week professional development programs in either January 2023 or September 2023.

The Fulbright TEA Program provides academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers. The program’s Media Literacy Cohorts will include content-specific coursework with a focus on media literacy and critical thinking classroom skills. 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. 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.

In addition, after returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to compete for small grant awards for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating U.S. schools and their home schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

The Fulbright TEA Program Media Literacy Cohorts is fully funded and provides:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country;
  • Round-trip airfare;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Accommodations, meals, and incidentals for the duration of the program;
  • Accident and sickness health care coverage;
  • Professional development and cultural activities;
  • An end of program workshop in Washington, D.C.;
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Secondary-level, full-time teachers with three or more years of classroom experience in following subjects: English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), home country language and literature, social studies, civics, history, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, math, science, or related fields at institutions serving primarily a local population;
  • Have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Citizen of Kyrgyzstan;
  • English-language proficient in written and spoken English;
  • Have experience or demonstrated interest in the field of media literacy and critical thinking;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;
  • Have submitted a complete application.

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, March 25, 2022 for paper and online application.
Applications for the Fulbright TEA Program Media Literacy Cohorts can be found on https://kg.usembassy.gov and https://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org and submitted by contacting:

171 Prospect Mira

PAS, U.S. Embassy

Bishkek, 720016

Tel (312) 597 000

E-mail: BishkekPAS@state.gov

Link to online applications: Register as a new applicant by creating an account at https://fulbright.irex.org