Teacher Exchange Competition Announcement for 2019-20

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an open competition for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. Application forms can be accessed at IREX and the deadline for submission is Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Program Overview

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is one of numerous Fulbright programs established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, researchers, scholars, and teachers from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. The 2019-20 program will mark the tenth year of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. Botswana will be participating in the DA Program for the third time, joining 11 other countries worldwide.

Program Purpose

The DA program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Botswana. The DA Program brings U.S. teachers to Botswana for 3 to 6 months and sends Batswana teachers to the U.S. for a semester (5 months) to pursue individual projects, lead master classes or seminars for teachers and students, visit local schools, collaborate with each other online and in person, and complete an inquiry project of their own design. Selected teachers have the opportunity to enroll in an advanced undergraduate or graduate level class at a host university.

Fields of Study

Competition for the DA Program in Botswana is open to all teaching subjects.

Financial Benefit

The grant covers program costs, including transportation, lodging, host institution fees and related expenses. While abroad, grantees will receive a maintenance allowance to cover the costs of living during the program. Grantees will have the opportunity to apply for professional development funds to support development and research or to cover the expenses of attending a conference or workshop related to their field of teaching expertise. Grantees will study at a host university or institution abroad and conduct an inquiry project related to their professional interests. Additional activities in local schools include opportunities to observe classes, team teach or conduct seminars or workshops.

Eligibility Requirements

Botswana citizen resident in the country; with 50 per cent to full-time teaching responsibility and interaction with students or teacher trainees; +5 years of teaching experience or working directly with students (e.g. guidance counselors, library media specialist, etc); or demonstrated experience conducting professional development activities; obtain a minimum of 61 scores on an Internet-based TOEFL. The TOEFL exam is a requirement after interviews.

Program Period

January – May 2020 (5 months).

Number of Grants Available

Botswana may get up to 3 grants to award amongst 20 total selected from other countries.

Application Requirements: Application forms may be accessed from IREX website, where candidates will create their own application accounts prior to completing the forms.

Please contact the Public Affairs Office at 395-7326 or e-mail PublicAffairsGaborone@state.gov for specific questions not addressed in the announcement or the Embassy website.

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NO HARD COPY APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EMBASSY WILL RESPOND ONLY TO SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS USUALLY RECEIVED.