Scholarship Programs
International Leaders 
  in Education Program (ILEP)

The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) 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 Philippines participates in the annual search for qualified high school teachers of math, English, science, and social studies for the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). The ILEP provides unique opportunities in the US to secondary school teachers to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. It is a five-month (January to May) intensive training program that includes internships in secondary schools in the US, university coursework, and community involvement.

The fellowship provides:

  • J-1 visa support
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.
  • A Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.
  • Academic program fees
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows)
  • Accident and sickness insurance
  • Daily allowance for meals and incidentals during the university academic program
  • Laptop computer
  • Book/professional development allowance
  • Closing Seminar in Washington, D.C.
  • 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 secondary-level, full-time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science.
  2. Be citizens of the Philippines (Dual citizens or U.S. residents are not eligible).
  3. Be proficient in written and spoken English with a competitive TOEFL score.

The 2017-18 ILEP application period is from January 11, 2017 to April 7, 2017.

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