Grants For Scholars

Teaching English as a Foreign Language TEFL Program
Application deadline: September 15, 2021

Program Description

This award allows senior scholars to teach at the university level, engage in research or both, in the grantee's area of specialization. Grantees can also consult on curriculum, program and faculty development, and conduct seminars and workshops.

Grant activities include, but are not limited to:

• Teach undergraduate and graduate courses, with an emphasis on English language teacher training (refer to specializations below)
• Support the development of new and expanding programs and curricula, material development, community engagement projects in support of academic objectives, testing and evaluation and program design and implementation
• Conduct training programs and workshops for English language instructors
• Assist with student teacher advising, provide tutorials, supervise student practica and participate in seminars
• If applying for combined teaching and research, conduct research in area of specialization
• Applicants for combined teaching and research are required to indicate the planned ratio in the project statement
• Consult on the development of B.A. and M.A. programs at host institution
• Final activities and courses will be determined in consultation with host institution and Fulbright Commission

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary research or teaching activities.

Eligibility & Requirements

• Masters degree or higher required. Preferred TEFL scholars will have a doctorate in a field related to language teaching. Strong candidates will generally have 5 years minimum TEFL experience, but candidates with less (but relative) experience will also be considered.
• This award is open to scholars at all levels including early career.
• Intermediate level of Spanish is required. However, the level of Spanish language proficiency must be commensurate with the requirements of the project.
• Applicants must be affiliated with a university or research institution in the U.S at the time of application.
• Candidates living, working or studying in Mexico are not eligible to apply.
• Candidates must have U.S. citizenship. Dual citizens are welcome to apply.
• Candidates with a permanent resident card in Mexico are not eligible to apply
• This is a "placed" program. Candidates should not seek a letter of affiliation, but be open to going where the need is greatest. Based upon the scholar's expertise and the needs of institutions, placements will be made with key institutions of higher education throughout Mexico in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Education (SEP).
• Projects must be three to nine months. Academic year grants are preferred. Nine months grants start in August or September. One semester grants must correspond to the host institution's academic calendar. All grants must be completed by June 30.

To apply for this award, please submit your application here:
Fulbright Scholar TEFL Program, award #12451-MX US Scholar_Fulbright_TEFL.

For further information please contact


• Monthly rate dependent on rank (see Rank stipends below)
• One time relocation award of $1,200 USD in first installment
• One round-trip international airfare U.S. – Mexico only, up to $1,000 USD
• Dependent stipend included (see Dependent stipends below)
• Reimbursable donated materials up to $750 USD
• Airfare to attend Welcome Orientation and/or Midyear reunion at local rates
• $1,000 USD held against Final installment pending completion of grant obligations
• Emergency health benefits provided by the U.S. Department of State

Rank Stipends:
I. $2,900 for Terminal Masters grantees (MFA, MBA etc)
II. $3,200 for Assistant Professors
III. $3,400 for Associate Professors
IV. $3,700 for Emeritus Professors and Chairs

Dependent Allowance:
1. $250 for one dependent
2. $400 for two dependents (250 + 150)
3. $500 for three or more dependents (250 + 150 + 100)

Security Policy

The commission follows the recommendations of both the Mexican government and the U.S. Embassy Travel Warnings when placing U.S. Fulbright grantees in Mexico. Applications or affiliations located in areas where there is a level 4 U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory in effect will NOT be considered. See the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories webpage for further information.

Application deadline: September 15, 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Zoom or videoconference

Final results announced in March 2022.

Start dates of awards correspond with academic semesters: August 1, September 1 or January 1, all awards must be completed by June 30, 2023.

All grants are a minimum of three months and a maximum of nine months.

The US-Mexico Commission for Educational & Cultural Exchange is the leading binational agency dedicated to promoting understanding between the United States and Mexico through educational exchange of academics and professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their field.

For additional details:

Berlín 18 Piso 2 Colonia Juárez

C.P 06600 Mexico DF




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