Program Description

Through the English Language Fellow (EL Fellow) Program, highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) participate in 10-month-long fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world.

The EL Fellow program fosters mutual understanding, promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity abroad. Through projects sponsored by U.S. embassies, EL Fellows share their professional expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures. EL Fellows model and demonstrate up-to-date TEFL classroom practices that help foster thoughtful and responsible behavior in students and teachers of English.

To date, more than 1,000 EL Fellows have conducted projects in more than 80 countries. Examples of past EL Fellow projects include: Classroom Teaching, Teacher Training, In-Service and Pre-Service Training, Curriculum Development, Workshop and Seminar Design, Program Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Testing, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

General Program Requirements

For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit the EL Fellow program application page.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For detailed application information, please visit the EL Fellow program website.

Program Contact Information

For more information about this program and all other education  programs offered by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs website.

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