FY2022-2023 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Deadline Extended: April 5, 2022)

By January 29, 2022 March 30th, 2022 Fulbright Programs

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 teachers to the United States for a six-week program in January 2023 or September 2023 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 availability of FY2022 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, 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 the first priority.  In the case the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2022 and 2023 or there are other emergencies, we may need to make program adjustments (program rescheduling, quarantining upon arrival, briefer school visits and field experiences, hybrid or virtual components, etc.).  If necessary, we will communicate changes with post or the Fulbright Commission.

University Coursework:

As part of the application, candidates should indicate whether they prefer to take part in the program beginning in January 2023 or September 2023. 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 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.

Participating teachers will be placed in groups of approximately 20 at U.S. university schools of education. U.S. host universities will be responsible for arranging the 40-hour practicum, designing specialized seminars for the teachers, and ensuring that each group has access to a variety of relevant professional development and cultural activities.  


  • Be a citizen of Malaysia.
  • Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age. 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 are eligible for the program.
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program.
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Must reside in Malaysia at the time of application
  • Have submitted a complete application.

Please note that this 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. Applicants must reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application and of program participation.

All candidates must have sufficient oral and written English language skills to take part in specialized seminars and give presentations in U.S. schools. Participation in the Fulbright TEA program is primarily open to teachers who are able to demonstrate English Language proficiency and have a minimum Toefl iBT score of 50.

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 given the opportunity to self-designate in the application materials.  The gender in education cohort will likely take place in spring 2023. 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.

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;


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 instance 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 to 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 own 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 clearly cited.


Click here for online application 

FY22 FTEA Program Information Sheet

FY22 FTEA Online Application Guide for Applicants

FY22 FTEA Institutional Support and Reference Form

FY22 FTEA Leave Approval Form

(You are required to upload the Letter of Approval, Institutional Support & Reference form and your degree certificate online.)

Deadline Extended: April 5, 2022. 

MACEE will recruit, interview and nominate outstanding teachers for the program. An independent panel based in Washington, D.C. will determine the final selection. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and the tentative interview scheduling will be in April/May 2022.

English Language Testing: All candidates nominated for the program must take the TOEFL iBT test and MACEE will make the testing arrangements. Incomplete applications will not be considered so you are advised to answer all questions as fully as possible. 

For more information, please contact Kalis or Karen.

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
18th Floor, Menara Yayasan Tun Razak
200 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur     

Tel:  03-2166 8878   Fax: 03-2166 1878     Email: Fulbrightmalaysia@macee.org.my