USIEF's TEA programme for school teachers

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) has announced the 2012 Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) programme for secondary-level school teachers from specific academic disciplines across South India.

This programme is open only to teachers living and working in the regions mentioned below.
The TEA programme provides teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subjects, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States.

The TEA fellowship consists of a six-week non-degree, non-credit customised academic programme including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology.

Selected Indian teachers will receive a round-trip airfare, accommodation, boarding and other applicable allowances for travel to the US. The participants will travel in one of two cohorts — either in Spring or Fall 2013. In addition to teachers from India, this US government-sponsored programme will bring together teachers from all over the world.

A potential applicant should:

*Live and teach in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep or the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

*Be currently employed as a secondary level (Classes 9 to 12), full-time teacher with five or more years of classroom experience in one of the following disciplines: English, English as a Foreign Language, Social Studies (Social Studies, Civics, History, Geography, Economics), Mathematics or Sciences.

*Hold a Bachelor’s degree in the teaching subject with a teacher training degree

*Be proficient in written and spoken English with a paper-based TOEFL score of 450 or higher. TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application. If you are short-listed for an interview, USIEF will administer the TOEFL or an equivalent English proficiency test.

*Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after the completion of the programme.

*Be a citizen of India and be present in India at the time of application and interview.
The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

For more details on eligibility criteria and application forms for the TEA programme, visit or call the USIEF Chennai office at 044 - 28574423 / 28574131 or email:

The United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) was established in 1950 to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and India through the US government’s flagship Fulbright Program for educational and cultural exchange. 

USIEF administers the Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships for American and Indian students, faculty and professionals; organises programmes around visiting US Fulbright scholars and Indian Fulbright alumni; and provides information to Indian students on higher education opportunities in the US. 

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