Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

Open From: April 05, 2014
Until: April 05, 2014
This scholarship/grant is closed.


The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a six-week academic program for qualified secondary school teachers of English as a Foreign Language, social studies, mathematics, and science. Full program information and application materials are attached. Please note that all applications must be received no later than March 8, 2013.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) will provide international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of the United States. The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) will provide nearly 200 secondary school teachers from Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and the Pacific, the Near East, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with a six-week professional development program at one of eight selected U.S. universities. The international participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts in spring or fall 2014. TEA consists of academic seminars focusing on teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, teaching strategies, and instructional technology training. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. The program will also include a practicum at a U.S. secondary school where participants work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program. After returning home, teachers will be eligible to participate in a small grants program to request funds for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between their home schools and U.S. schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

IMPORTANT: Successful TEA candidates are full-time secondary school teachers with a minimum of five years of teaching experience who demonstrate strong leadership potential and the ability to function well in an intensive and collaborative learning environment with teachers from around the world. The program is NOT designed for teacher trainers, university faculty, school administrators and/or Ministry of Education Officials and these professionals are ineligible to apply. In addition, teachers from schools that primarily serve expatriate students would not be priority participants.



  • Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers in a school that primarily serves local students;
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in TEA teaching disciplines: English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science;
  • Be citizens of and residents of Nepal;
  • Obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper-based TOEFL or equivalent English language examination (for fall 2013, we will pilot a limited cohort for participants with paper-based or equivalent TOEFL scores of 425 – 450 that features a greater concentration on English language learning as well as pedagogical professional development); and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program.

Full details are attached. Application packages should be submitted electronically to Cultural Attaché Cain Harrelson (cultureKTM@state.gov) and include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Completed institutional support and reference form.
  • Copy of photo and information pages of your passport (if available).
  • An up-to-date CV.

The selection process for this program is highly competitive, and only a limited number of participants from Nepal will be selected. Our office will contact all applicants after the application deadline to notify them of their status. Please note that the U.S. Embassy will pay for the costs of the TOEFL exam and travel to Kathmandu for applicants who advance in the selection process. Applicants are not required to have taken the TOEFL exam prior to submitting an application, but should be prepared to take the exam if selected by the U.S. Embassy.