The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Support is generally made available through interagency agreements. The Department of Education transfers funds through the State Department to Fulbright commissions in various countries to pay the costs associated with administering seminars. This partnership allows the program to use the services and expertise of binational organizations to plan and conduct seminars for U.S. educators.
The program is open to educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies. Topics and host countries of the seminars vary from year to year. All seminars are in non-western European countries. Seminars are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country(ies). The program is geared towards those educators with little or no experience in the host country(ies) who demonstrate the need to develop and enhance their curriculum through short-term study and travel abroad. Seminars generally take place from late June to mid-August for a duration of four to six weeks.
Country seminars offered in 2009 included:
- Elementary Seminars
New Zealand and Mongolia
- Secondary Seminars
China - For Language Instructors *
- Postsecondary Seminars
China - History and Culture
Jordan and Oman
* Open to U.S. secondary educators and administrators whose sole responsibility is curriculum and instruction in foreign language and/or ESL/EFL/ESOL.
Terms of the award generally include: (1) round-trip economy airfare; (2) room and board; (3) fees; and (4) program-related travel within the host country(ies). Participants are responsible for a cost share, usually $400.00. Updated application forms are now available.
Application deadline is usually in mid-September for the following summer.
Those qualified to apply:
- Elementary school teachers in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
- Middle or high school educators in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
- Administrators or curriculum specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
- Librarians, museum educators or media or resource specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages; and
- Faculty or administrators from public or private, two- or four-year institutions of higher education whose discipline is related to social sciences, humanities, languages, and/or area studies.
Basic eligibility requirements:
- Citizenship - must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident.
- Academic Preparation - must hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
- Professional Experience - (1) must have at least three years of education-related full-time experience by the time of departure for the seminar; (2) must be currently employed full-time in a U.S. school system, institution of higher education, local education agency, state education agency, library, or museum.
- Health - The candidate must be physically and psychologically able to participate in all phases of the seminar. Award recipients must provide a physician's statement to reflect participant's readiness for travel.
- Those individuals who have participated previously in short-term (under two months) Fulbright awards such as the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, the Group Projects Abroad Program, or the Fulbright Memorial Fund Program, may become eligible to participate again two years after completion of a previous program. Please be sure to check with the Fulbright-Hays office concerning your eligibility.
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program
U.S. Department of Education
International Education Programs Service
1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20006-8521.
The application package is available online at http://e-grants.ed.gov.