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

Fulbright DAI offers an opportunity for outstanding primary and secondary-level school educators to come to the United States for a professional development program for a semester to pursue individual or group projects, take courses for professional development at a host university, and observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university or local primary and secondary schools.

The program will provide approximately 47 educators 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 2021 and conclude in May 2021. Fulbright DAI is a semester-long non-degree, non-credit, professional development program at a US university. Participants will audit courses in the host university’s school or department of education, and thus will be part of the university community. The program will include opportunities to observe and co-teach with US teachers in a US school near the host university, in order to actively engage participants in the US classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program.

Program Components

Distinguished educators who are selected to participate in the Fulbright DAI Program will:

1) Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate-level classes at a US host university.
2) Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with US colleagues in US elementary or secondary schools.
3) Design and complete an individual or group inquiry project of direct relevance to their educational practice.
4) Participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share educational practices with a global network of colleagues; and
5) Engage in other education and cultural activities while on the program in the United States.

The Fulbright DAI is a program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946 more than 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

The 2020-2021 program will mark the eleventh year of the Fulbright DAI Program. Participating locations for international applicants are Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Finland, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.

Educators are nominated to participate in the Fulbright DAI Program based on their professional experience, academic training, inquiry project idea, and leadership potential. The final selection of Fulbright Distinguished Teachers is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.

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

Grant Benefits

The Fellowship provides:

  • J-1 Visa support
  • A pre-departure orientation held in the participant’s home country;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the US;
  • A Welcome Program in Washington, DC;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • Transportation to local schools (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program
  • A baggage allowance;
  • A technology allowance; and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.


Applicants must:

  • Be current primary and secondary school-level (SD/SMP/SMA or equivalent) full-time teachers in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in any disciplines
  • Be an Indonesian citizen
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (S1) or equivalent
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English with a minimum TOEFL ITP score of 500 or TOEFL iBT of 60/61, or IELTS equivalent
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program
  • Primary and secondary level library media specialists, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, special education coordinators, and other educators including administrators who work with students at least fifty percent of their time may also apply to the program.

The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools or districts.

How to Apply

You have a choice of two ways to apply: submitting hard copies of application documents to AMINEF in Jakarta; or applying online. The details of the two options are as follows:

Option 1: Submit a hardcopy of application documents to AMINEF office address

1. First, you should download the application form here and complete them in full
2. Then submit the completed form and the following items in hard copy to AMINEF:

Send or deliver to:
American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF)
Intiland Tower, Lantai 11
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 32
Jakarta 10220
Tel: (021) 579 39 085 ~ 9086

Option 2: Submit an application online

You will need to complete the online application at the following link: here. The application link is also available on the program webpage: Before you complete and submit your online application form, you should download and read carefully the application guidelines here.

Please note that the following documents must be uploaded online in PDF format:

  • Institutional Support and Reference Form (Part XII)
  • Privacy Policy and Application Certification Statement (Part XIII)
  • KTP or passport (Part XIV)
  • Transcript and diploma (Part XIV)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (Part XIV)
  • Curriculum vitae (Part XIV)

The deadline to submit the completed application and the required documents are March 1, 2020.

*The exact deadlines every year may be subject to change and if the application deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday, it is automatically extended to the next business day. Only short-listed applicants will be notified and interviewed.

Contact Information
Specific questions regarding the application process may be addressed via email to