Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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Beginning with the 2014-2015 competition, opportunities for scholars specializing in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and associated fields are being organized and showcased in an entirely new way by the Fulbright Scholar Program. Although grants will continue to be made to a specific country, all TEFL opportunities are now grouped under a single award number (#5000).   By presenting the full range of TEFL within a worldwide context, potential applicants will be able to examine and compare more than 50 country options simultaneously. Applicants can indicate one or more countries from the list below in which they wish to be considered, identify a region (for example, “Sub-Saharan Africa” or “Spanish-speaking countries”), or leave their applications “open to any placement.” Letters of invitation are not required.

As many as 60 grants are anticipated.  The award supports a priority for English language teacher training in any of over 30 areas of specialization. A Ph.D. is not required. Opportunities are open to a wide range of scholars and, in many countries, professionals as well.

Applications will be evaluated by a TEFL-specific review committee in the U.S., and if recommended, sent for consideration in a country or countries of interest.  This streamlined review process and the ability to apply to more than one country make this an ideal time for scholars with experience training English teachers to consider participating in the Fulbright Scholar Program.


For specifics of awards, the participating countries will provide access to more detailed information.



Sub-Saharan Africa:
Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda

East Asia and Pacific:
Taiwan, Vietnam

Europe and Eurasia:
Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Turkey

Middle East and North Africa:
Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

South and Central Asia:
Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Maldives, Nepal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Western Hemisphere:
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela



CIES offers a series of resources providing detailed information on many aspects of the Fulbright Scholar Program opportunities. Depending on your interests, you can find a wealth of answers to your specific questions in our upcoming and archived webinars.

Webinar - The Fulbright Scholar Global Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Award  (May 8)

CIES program staff continue to visit university and college campuses countrywide, as well as participate in a range of conferences in the sciences. Please check our presentation and workshop schedule to find out when program staff will be at an event near you. If you are interested in having CIES staff visit your campus and speak with department faculty about opportunities in your field, contact us at outreach@iie.org.

Program Contact

Dylan Gipson, Senior Program Officer, DGipson@iie.org, 202.686.6245