A program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State
Implemented by American Councils for International Education
The Educational Seminars grant is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State. This means that airfare, tuition (if applicable), room and board, and any miscellaneous costs for specific programs (such as visas, hosting activities, orientation and debriefs) are paid in full. Grantees pay no direct cost to participate.
Educational Seminars is a selective fellowship program. The number of selected applicants changes yearly by program and could be anywhere from 1:3 to 1:15.
Couples must apply separately and will be treated as two separate applicants. There is no guarantee that both will be selected.
No. All program participants must participate in all program activities during the professional development exchange. Family and friends may travel with you before or after, but not during, your program.
Grantees are responsible for securing lodging in a homestay or hotel per program requirements and developing an agenda for their international partner(s). The grant funding covers the cost of lodging and provides funding for activities in your community. American Councils provides support and training for these responsibilities. The programs that include a hosting portion (two-way) are the Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Uruguay programs.
It is a requirement of the two way programs that you provide housing and spend time with your partner while she is in your host community. Housing does not need to be in your own home, but should be a homestay arrangement for Argentina, Thailand, and Uruguay programs.
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You may apply to as many programs as you would like to as long as you are eligible. There is no limit to the number of times you can apply.
Elementary school teachers may apply to the Uruguay (Spanish speakers only) and Thailand programs.
No. Eligible applicants must be full time employees of U.S. schools.
Educational Seminars administrator programs are for principals, assistant/vice principals, and superintendents. Specialized district-wide administrators may also be considered eligible (i.e. Special education, global education, etc.)
No. Educational Seminars teachers programs are specifically for teachers currently working full-time in a classroom.
We have two different programs for ESL teachers. If you are a Spanish speaker, you are eligible for the Uruguay program. If you are an ESL department head or teachers at the elementary level, you are eligible for our Thailand program. Please note: ESL teachers are not eligible for the India Summer Teacher program unless language arts is included in the curriculum.
Community college faculty of the Classics, Ancient Studies, Greek, Latin, or Art History are only eligible for the Greece Summer Classics program.
To participate in an Educational Seminars program, you must be a full time teacher in a U.S. school. Visit exchanges.state.gov for other State Department program for which you may be eligible.
At this time Educational Seminars does not offer opportunities for French teachers. If you are a Spanish speaker, you are eligible for our Uruguay program.
No. To be eligible, you must have been employed by a U.S. school for three years and be in your fourth year of teaching at time of application.
Support staff and teachers that pull students from their regular classes for specialized instruction are not eligible. You must be a full time classroom teacher for teacher exchanges.
If you teach a unit on the Ancient World at the high school level, you are eligible for the Summer Classics program. If you also teach a class that is heavily combined with English and literature, you are eligible for the India Summer Teacher program.
Yes. Prior participation in other government programs does not disqualify you.
All online applications can be found at ais.americancouncils.org under Educational Seminars. You must create an account with AIS to apply.
Please contact the Educational Seminars staff at 202-833-7522 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any application issues.
No. However, participants are approved educators abroad, are selected carefully by the U.S. Department of State program partners (Fulbright or the U.S. embassy in-country) and are screened by Homeland Security. The visiting educators participate on the program for professional development and job-shadowing for 2-3 weeks and should spend time in different schools. Therefore participants are usually not left alone with students. Your school or district may perform a background check on your partner if needed, but this is not covered by the grant.