Fulbright Program

The Fulbright international exchange program is an initiative of the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is designed to facilitate mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and other countries of the world. Approved by Congress in 1946, this Fulbright offers fellows the opportunity to pursue master’s studies in U.S. higher education institutions and to take part in an unforgettable cultural experience. The program offers two years of academic study, concluding in a master’s degree conferred by a U.S. higher education institution. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, and is implemented by the International Institute of Education (IIE).

Given the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, program are subject to change. Open application programs remain open as advertised below.

U.S. Department of State
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
2021 – 2022

Please note: Given the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the Fulbright Program dates are subject to change. The application process remains open as advertised below.

Program Objectives

The objective of the Fulbright Program is to enable fellowship recipients to pursue academic and professional fields of study and to develop their skills as leaders in these fields. The program is an open competition and participants are selected based on their individual merit, without regard to institution, affiliation, race, color, or belief.

Fields of Study

Applications will be accepted for degree programs in the following fields of study:

  • Business/Public Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Journalism & Communications
  • Social Sciences (e.g. American Studies, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and Linguistics)
  • Natural Sciences (e.g. Agriculture and Natural Resources)
  • Social Work

Selection Criteria

  • Nicaraguan citizenship and current residency in Nicaragua.
  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent to a bachelor of arts, BA, or bachelor of science, BS, degree).
  • Strong command of the English language (equivalent to 550 on the P/TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT).
  • Excellent academic background.
  • Little to no experience in the United States.
  • Potential benefit to Nicaragua after return from studies.

Individuals Who Are Not Eligible for a Fulbright Grant:

  • Nicaraguans who are currently studying, researching, or lecturing in American universities.
  • Individuals who intend to pursue an internship, residency, or research at a U.S. school of medicine or dentistry in the United States.
  • Individuals who are currently living or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
  • Dual citizens of Nicaragua and the United States

Application Procedure

Note: Applicants may only apply for one award per application cycle.

Timeline

  • March 2020: Competition opens.
  • May 17, 2020: Deadline for applications.
  • June 2020: Invitation for interviews for shortlisted candidates.
  • July 2020: Notification of Fulbright selection and candidacy by Embassy.
  • August 2020: Following notification by the Embassy, selected candidates take required standardized tests (e.g. TOEFL, GRE and/or GMAT).
  • December 2020: Applicants are notified of final selection for fellowship by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington, DC.
  • January 2021: University application submissions in coordination with IIE’s Placement Office.
  • March-May 2021: University admission decisions.
  • July-September 2021: Departure for the United States, commencement of academic programs.

For more information about this program or the electronic application, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Managua’s Public Affairs Section:

Phone: 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7546
E-mail: FulbrightMNG@state.gov
(Please include “Fulbright Foreign Student Program” in the subject line of your e-mail.)

 

2020-2021 Program Overview For International Teachers

Fulbright TEA is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government.  The program is administered by IREX.

Program Overview

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

The 2019-2020 program will mark the twenty-third year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program); it is the second year the program will be known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program.

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership and professional experience. Final selection of Fulbright TEA teachers is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially-appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.

Program Components

Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:

  • Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university.
  • Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
  • Participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
  • Take part in other educational and cultural activities while in the United States.
  • Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained during the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.

University Coursework

Weekly Seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and guest educational experts. The academic seminars will focus on new teaching methodologies, content-based instruction, project-based learning, infusing thematic topics into curriculum, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.

U.S. School Placements: Teachers will be placed in a U.S. secondary school during the U.S. program, where they will observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise and information about their home countries and schools. Each Fulbright teacher will be paired with a U.S. partner educator at their assigned school to facilitate sharing of best practices between the teachers. Host university staff will identify schools and partner teachers near the university campus that are appropriate to each grantee’s teaching discipline(s).

Online Professional Learning Community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience;
  • Have five or more years of full-time teaching experience at the start of the program;
  • Be citizen and resident of Nicaragua;
  • Earn a minimum score of 45 on an internet based TOEFL or the equivalent on the paper-based TOEFL or an authorized English test;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;
  • Submit a complete application.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 13, 2020

Program Dates

Spring 2021 Cohort

  • November-December 2020:Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for the Spring 2021 teacher cohort.
  • Late-January-mid-March 2021:Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Fall 2021 Cohort

  • July 2021:Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for the Fall 2021 teacher cohort.
  • September-late October 2021:Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Logistical Information

Travel: IREX will make international travel arrangements and provide all teachers with an international airline ticket. Fulbright teachers will also be reimbursed for round-trip travel expenses between their home city and the point of departure for the United States; however, participants (or U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions) are responsible for making these domestic travel arrangements to and from the international airport. Fulbright teachers may travel after the end of their program during the thirty-day grace period of the J-1 visa, provided that all conditions in the Terms and Conditions are met.

Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing that is arranged for them. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.

Finances: Each Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, medical co-payments, and cultural and other activities. Also included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services. Costs associated with housing, required program activities, and other program-related expenses are paid in advance by the Fulbright TEA Program and may vary by host university.

For additional information about this program, please contact the Public Affairs Section’s Office of Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Managua:

Phone: 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7546
E-mail: Fulbrightmng@state.gov
(Please include the title program “Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program” in the subject of your e-mail.)

Fulbright Program Partner Information:

For more information, contact the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your home country. Contact information is on the program websites at www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org and https://www.irex.org/fulbright-tea.

2020 – 2021 Fulbright Faculty Development Program
(Fulbright-LASPAU)

The objective of the Faculty Development Program (known also as the Fulbright-LASPAU program,) is to support the development of faculty members at Nicaraguan universities by offering scholarships for master’s or doctoral studies at U.S. universities to dedicated professionals in higher education with excellent scholastic capacities. The program selects highly qualified professors dedicated to excellence in higher education studies. Those nominated by their Nicaraguan university must show a personal commitment to continue lecturing at the sponsoring university upon their return.

Selection Criteria

  • Citizenship and current residency in Nicaragua
  • Undergraduate degree and excellent academic performance
  • Commitment to university lecturing and/or research
  • Nominated by applicant’s university
  • Commitment to return to Nicaragua after completing the program
  • Good English command, 500 in P&P TOEFL (575 for some fields such as Business Administration, Communications, etc.)
  • Candidates who have received previous Fulbright awards are not eligible

Fields of Study

  • Business/Public Administration
  • Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Social Work
  • Journalism & Communication

Selection Process

  1. All applicants must be nominated by their respective universities.
  2. Before filling out the application, candidates will be asked to fill out a “Fulbright Applicant Information Form,” allowing the program to determine whether they are eligible for the Fulbright-LASPAU scholarship or not, based on their country of citizenship.
  3. To begin a new application, candidates should visit the following link: https://laspau.tfaforms.net/forms/view/159
  4. Please check the required documents for each step of the process in our complete List of Required Applicant Documents Shared drive:  Culture 2021 ->Fulbright -> Checklist of Required Applicant Documents_2021 Cohort.pdf
  5. The application will also be accessible on the Fulbright Laspau’s website. Applicants should click on the “Apply Now” button.
  6. Interested candidates should contact the appropriate university office in their home institution to begin the selection and nomination process and submit the “Nominating Institution Verification Form,” along with the Statement of Purpose, CV, and an official letter from the university to the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy in Managua.

For additional information about this program, please contact the Public Affairs Section’s Office of Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Managua:

Phone: 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7546
E-mail: Fulbrightmng@state.gov
(Please include the title program “Fulbright Faculty Development Program” in the subject of your e-mail.)

Individuals Who Are Not Eligible for a Fulbright Grant

  • Nicaraguans who are currently studying, researching, or lecturing in American universities.
  • Individuals who intend to pursue an internship, residency or research at a U.S. school of medicine/dentistry/nurse in the U.S.
  • Individuals who are currently living and/or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
  • Nicaraguans with dual citizenship with the United States.

Application Procedure and Competition Schedule

  • February 19, 2020: Competition opens.
  • May 1, 2020:  Deadline for applications.
  • June 2020: Pre-selected candidates will be invited to institutional tests.
  • July 2020:  Invitation for interviews for shortlisted candidates.
  • August 2020Notification of candidacy by Embassy/Submission of completed Fulbright application form.
  • September 2020:  Following notification by the Embassy, selected candidates may need to take additional international tests such as TOEFL, GRE, and/or GMAT. Nicaraguan applicants for the Fulbright programs are required to submit international test scores for graduate school applications in the United States.
  • December 2020Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington, D.C.
  • January 2021University submissions by LASPAU’s Placement Office.
  • March/May 2021:  Intensive English Programs and/or University responses for admission.
  • August/September 2021:  Departure of grantees for the United States.

This program is convened under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas (LASPAU)  http://www.laspau.harvard.edu/