Fulbright Malaysia Program

Fulbright Malaysia Program

Fulbright Teaching Excellence And Achievement Program (TEA)

  • Award Duration
    6 weeks (January 2025 or September 2025 intake)
  • Announcement Of Application
    Open - January 15, 2024 Close - April 1, 2024

MACEE Information Session on Fulbright Teaching Excellence And Achievement Program (TEA)

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by IREX. Fulbright TEA Program brings international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program in January 2025 or September 2025 to take academic seminars for professional development at a host university and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools, pending the availability of FY 2024 funds. The timing of the program is subject to change, depending on conditions in the host communities. Three grants are available for Malaysian secondary school teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Math, Science, Foreign languages, and Social Studies, including Special Education teachers in those subjects. Please note that as a Fulbright program, all Fulbright TEA program policies and participants will be subject to the regulations for teacher exchange participants established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The safety and security of participating Fulbright TEA teachers and their home and host communities is our priority. If the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2023 and 2024 or there are other emergencies, the program may need to be adjusted (program rescheduling, quarantining upon arrival, briefer school visits, field experiences, hybrid or virtual components, etc.).

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! Be sure to prepare your questions ahead of time if you have any.

  • Malaysian citizen
  • Candidates must reside in Malaysia at the time of application and program participation.
  • Candidates must be current secondary-level teachers including both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 13 and 18 years of age.
  • Candidates must be full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Math, Science, Foreign Language, or Social Studies, including Special Education teachers in those subjects, at institutions serving primarily a local population who are eligible for the program.
  • Candidates must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and have completed at least three years of full-time teaching by the start of the program, although five years or more is preferred.
  • Candidates are to be proficient in written and spoken English language skills to take part in specialized seminars and give presentations in U.S. schools.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate English Language proficiency and have a minimum Toefl iBT score of 50.
  • Candidates are to demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program.
  • Candidates must have submitted a complete application.


The Fulbright TEA Program is an upper-level university or graduate-level academic program for practicing teachers. 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.

Award Benefit
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Monthly stipend
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Accommodation
  • Academic program fees
  • Travel allowance
  • J-1 visa support


Additional Information

Applications are encouraged from underrepresented groups, including women; racial, ethnic, and religious minorities; people with disabilities; the LGBTI community; people from different geographic areas of the country; and educators who work with students in these groups or teach in otherwise under-served communities and schools.


Gender and Girls Education Program for Teachers  

The Fulbright TEA program will designate one cohort to examine gender in education themes in depth. Applicants interested in this topic will be allowed to self-designate in the application materials.  The gender in education cohort will likely take place in spring 2024. Please note that not everyone who requests to participate in this cohort will be selected, as the number of slots is limited; however, some gender and girls’ education sessions and materials will be included in every cohort.

University Coursework

As part of the application, candidates should indicate whether they prefer to take part in the program beginning in January 2025 or September 2025. Teachers will be placed at a competitively selected university. The program will consist of general academic seminars focusing 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 in a 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. The program will provide participants with practical resources they can use in their teaching, as well as skills to train trainers.

Application Procedure

Click here for the online application. 


The following comprises a complete application:

  • Completed online application
  • Leave Approval Form
  • Institutional Support and Reference Form
  • Your academic transcripts and certificates
  • Supplemental documents (if any): Resume, Passport Biodata Page


Please refer to the following materials:

Incomplete applications will not be considered, so you are advised to answer all questions as fully as possible.


This program seeks applicants whose writing achieves the highest academic standards of original research, writing, and citation. Application materials will be processed using software to help identify any instances of plagiarism. Plagiarism in any part of your application will result in your disqualification from participating in the program.

Plagiarism will be understood to include any of the following:

Presenting wording, statistics, or concepts as your own which should be attributed to someone else or publications (online or offline). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copying the exact wording of a written source
  • Presenting material with alterations in wording
  • Paraphrasing the content of a source without citation

It is expected that your application will be your work and writing, with a clear citation of secondary sources if describing the academic work and writing of others (including one’s own previously published work). Any sources used in the construction of your responses must be cited.


MACEE will recruit, interview, and nominate outstanding teachers for the program. An independent panel based in Washington, D.C. will determine the final selection. Please note that the interview is tentatively scheduled for April 2024 and only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. 


English Language Testing: All shortlisted candidates will be requires to take the TOEFL iBT test and MACEE will issue voucher to cover the cost of the test.


For inquiries fulbrightmalaysia@macee.org.my  or contact us at 03-21668878.