Scholarship Programs
Fulbright Distinguished Awards
in Teaching Program for
International Teachers (Fulbright DAI)

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State; implemented by IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board), a Washington, DC based non-profit organization; and administered by the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) within the Philippines.

The Fulbright DAI program, which replaces the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), provides teachers with a unique opportunity to develop greater expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, increase their knowledge about the United States, and complete an individual or group project. The program will start in January 2020 and conclude in May 2020.

Fulbright DAI is a semester-long non-degree, non-credit, professional development program at a U.S. university.  Participants will audit courses in the host university’s School or Department of Education and thus will be part of the general university community. The program will include opportunities to observe and co-teach with U.S. teachers in a U.S. school near the host university, in order to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program.

After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to compete for small grants awards for essential teaching materials, to offer follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

The fellowship provides:

  • J-1 visa support
  • A pre-departure orientation held at PAEF
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.
  • A Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.
  • Academic program fees (paid directly to the host institution)
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals
  • Accident and sickness insurance coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions)
  • Daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program
  • A technology (laptop) allowance
  • Limited excess baggage/shipping allowance (international)
  • Minimal checked baggage allowance (domestic)
  • The opportunity to apply for collaborative grants with U.S. colleagues

Eligible applicants must:

  1. Be qualified primary and secondary school teachers with five or more years of classroom experience who hold full-time teaching positions in all subjects. Library media specialists, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, special education coordinators, administrators and other educators who work directly with primary and/or secondary students in a primary or secondary school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population at least fifty percent of their time and teacher trainers may also apply to the program.
  2. Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience;
  3. Have five or more years of experience teaching or working directly with students in some other capacity (as a guidance counselor, library media specialist, etc.);
  4. Be a citizen of the Philippines (Dual citizens or U.S. residents are not eligible.);
  5. Be proficient in written and spoken English with a competitive TOEFL score;
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching or working in their field after completion of the program.

The 2019-20 Fulbright DAI application period is from December 10, 2018 to March 15, 2019.

Interested and eligible participants may apply:
(1) through the online application portal found on; or
(2) by submitting printed copies of completed applications to the PAEF office, on or before March 15, 2019.

Download Application Form

Letter of Reference Form

Leave Approval Form