Distinguished Awards in Teaching Programme

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching programme recognises and encourages excellence in teaching in the US and abroad.

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program (Fulbright DA) provides an opportunity for K–12 educators from the United States to conduct research and engage in other professional learning experiences abroad for three to six months. Fulbright Distinguished fellows complete individual inquiry projects on a topic relevant to education in the United States and the host country, take courses at a host university, and share educational practices with colleagues.

The Distinguished Awards in Teaching are a separate and distinct programme to the core Scholar Awards.

How to apply

US Distinguished Teaching Awards application instructions

About applying

The application process for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching is facilitated by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Please contact IREX via fulbrightDA@irex.org if you have any questions about the programme. 

Full details and the link to the application can be found on the programme's website.

The following UK institutions have agreed to host Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:

Applicants are asked to research the UK partner institutions listed and if they have a preference, to indicate this preference in the Inquiry Project Proposal of the application. Indicating a preference is optional and will not impact the selection process.  Please note that the US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to place teachers at non-partner institutions.   

US Distinguished Teaching Awards application timeline

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching programme operates a summer-to-December application period, with very different requirements than the Fulbright US Scholars programme. Please consult the programme website for further details.

See the timeline below:


Applications open


Applications close


Shortlisted candidates invited to interview


All candidates notified of their status