2017 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad: Apply NOW!

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Apply Now to the 2017 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program!

Deadline: December 28, 2016

2016 Seminar Abroad to Peru

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education provides grants to
K-12 and postsecondary educators to study and travel abroad?

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each seminar features educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with teachers and students, and visits to cultural sites. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new, cross-cultural curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S.

In 2017, summer programs will be offered in Bulgaria, Chile, and Thailand. A total of 48 awards are available (sixteen per program). The program covers airfare, room and board, and program costs. Teacher participants are responsible for a cost-share of $600.

2017 Seminars Abroad

Here's what past Seminars Abroad participants have to say about the program:


"Without a doubt the ENTIRE trip was amazing! All of the activities were related to each other and sequenced in a thoughtful way. All activities were meaningful and left a lasting impression."


"Thanks to the inspired and collaborative contributions from my fellow participants, I return with an arsenal of lessons that bring a modest slice of the world back home to my students."


"My Seminars Abroad experience will allow me to introduce to my students pertinent first-hand information about the world. I plan on doing so through the development of curriculum units that will give my students the opportunity to explore cultural heritage and compare their own culture with other cultures.”

"There have been so many great collaborations to come out of the Seminars Abroad program, and I'm filled with gratitude. The Fulbright-Hays programs have done so much for my research and teaching!"

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2017 Seminars Application NOW AVAILABLE

2016 Seminar Abroad to India

The 2017 Seminars Abroad application is now available on the G5 website at www.g5.gov.

If you are a new user, click “Sign Up” on the G5 HomepageOnce registered and activated, click on “Package Submission” under Grant Setup. Follow the steps provided, filling out the forms and uploading the necessary files. See the Application package for more detailed directions.



In order to be eligible for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Must have at least 3 years of full-time teaching or administrative experience by time of departure
  • Must be currently employed full-time in a U.S. school, institution of higher education, Local Educational Agency, State Educational Agency, library, or museum as a teacher/ administrator
  • Must be an educator in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences (this criterion does not apply to administrators)
  • Must work at the grade level of the seminar
  • Must be physically and psychologically able 
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Webinar: Application Technical Assistance, December 5

2016 Seminar Abroad to Senegal

Join us for a webinar at 2:00pm ET on December 5, 2016, for technical assistance in preparing your Seminars Abroad application. IFLE staff will provide webinar attendees with guidance on how to use the G5 electronic application system, prepare a competitive application, and troubleshoot technical issues.

In order for the webinar to best serve the needs of all applicants, please submit any questions regarding the competition and application in advance to Maria Chang (maria.chang@ed.gov) so that we can be sure to address them during the session.


When:  Monday, December 5, 2016 (2:00pm - 3:00pm ET)

How to Participate:  Register online at http://ow.ly/ebm2306ejlW

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Examples of Past Seminars Abroad

2016 Seminar Abroad to India

India 2016
Sustainable Development and Social Change

For five weeks in July and August 2016, sixteen U.S. high school educators explored issues, challenges and strategies related to India’s developmental goals. During the seminar, participants broadened their knowledge of India’s past, present and future socio-economic developmental strategies, and learned about the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country through visits to Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Madurai, Kolkata, and Varanasi. The group met with policymakers and planners, academicians, social workers and community members on their visits to organizations working in the areas of environmental protection, renewable energy, poverty eradication, women’s empowerment, and education.

2016 Seminar Abroad to Peru

Peru 2016
Exploring Indigenous Heritage

This past summer's Seminar Abroad to Peru offered sixteen K-8 teachers from the U.S. the opportunity to learn about present-day Peru through a guided exploration of the country’s history. The trip featured cultural, political and social visits in and around Arequipa, Cusco, Lima, Madre de Dios, and Puno. Participants interacted with Peruvian specialists in education, history, art, architecture, economic and public policy during visits to urban areas and historical towns, acquiring a unique insight into the challenges facing Peruvian culture in the 21st century.

2016 Seminar Abroad to Senegal

Senegal 2016
Religion and Diversity in West Africa

The 2016 Seminar Abroad to Senegal offered an opportunity for sixteen postsecondary faculty from U.S. institutions to explore religious and cultural diversity in West Africa. The seminar explored Senegal as a diverse society with peaceful ethnic and religious coexistence, and participants had the chance to meet with academics, religious leaders, and activists from diverse disciplines and organizations in areas like Dakar, Gorée, Saint-Louis, Touba, Djiloor, Toubacouta, Ziguinchor, and Cap Skirrig. Visits to mosques and churches, historic, cultural, and political sites, civil society groups, and universities provided participants with insight into the expressions of Islam, Christianity, and indigenous religions in the region as well as broad knowledge about the country to integrate into their classes, schools, and communities back in the U.S.

2015 Seminar Abroad to China

China 2015

Sixteen U.S. K-12 teachers traveled to China last summer with the Seminars Abroad Program. The teachers learned about China's educational system through visits to China's Ministry of Education, Beijing's Dandelion School and Nong Jia Nu School, Tsinghua University, Chongqing's Tongliang Middle School, and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, visiting with educators, students, government officials, and public policy experts. Participants also learned about Chinese history, arts, religion, and traditional medicine through visits to Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Qin Terra Cotta Warriors, Banpo Neolithic village, Beijing's Dashanzi Art District, the Great Mosque, Jing'an Temple, and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Watch our YouTube video about the 2015 China Seminar HERE!


Questions about Seminars Abroad? Contact Maria Chang at maria.chang@ed.gov.


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