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Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-García Robles Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Western Hemisphere


Award Details
Award Activity

The main purpose of this grant is capacity building in English language programs in Mexican institutions that can include any of the specializations below.

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses, with an emphasis on English language teacher training. Teacher training institutions will be prioritized.
  • 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
  • Consult on the development of bachelor's and master's programs at host institution
  • Final activities and courses to be determined in consultation with host institution and Fulbright Commission

If applying for combined teaching and research, the research project should focus on some aspect of language or be related to the applicant's area of specialization. The final ratio of teaching to research is dependent on the project proposal and developed in conjunction with the host institution, but should not exceed a 40% - 60% teaching to research ratio. Applicants for a combined project are required to indicate the proposed ratio of teaching to research in the project statement.

Scholars selected for this award can choose to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length
Three to nine months
Award Dates

Full academic-year grants are preferred. Nine-month grants start in August or September 2022. One semester grants to begin in August, September or January.


This is a "placed" program. Candidates should not seek a letter of affiliation and should 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). These placements will generally be outside of Mexico City. Applicants should not make direct inquiries to Mexican institutions regarding an affiliation, but they may express an institutional or regional preference in their applications. 

COMEXUS, the Fulbright Commission in Mexico, follows the recommendations of both the Mexican government and the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories when placing U.S. Fulbright grantees in Mexico. See the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories webpage for further information.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Areas of Interest

Specializations for areas of instruction should include one or more of the following, all of which relate to English language teacher education and training, rather than direct English language instruction. Specializations for areas of research may include the following and/or more specific topics related to TESOL, applied linguistics, and related fields.

• English as an International Language (EIL) methodology and teacher training pedagogy (young learners through adult)
• TEFL curriculum development and design
• English for Special Purposes or English for Academic Purposes curriculum design
• Content and Language Integrated Learning (CBT) especially in science education
• Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL) or other technology-enhanced teaching and learning techniques including distance learning
• Teaching the four skills, structure of English and lexicology
• Methods of assessment and evaluation of English language learners
• Qualitative or quantitative research methods
• Second Language Acquisition
• Language analysis (theoretical and/or practical grammar, phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis) and discourse analysis
• Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics
• Writing across the curriculum
• Translation studies

Special Features

Mexico offers a unique opportunity to TEFL specialists to improve English-language teaching at Mexican public institutions. The TEFL award supports student and faculty training, as well as B.A. and M.A. TEFL continuing program development. This is an exciting time to work in English language teaching in Mexico, as language is one of the four pillars of the high-level U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research, along with academic mobility, workforce development and research.

Additionally, the relevance and importance of the TEFL program is heightened by its support of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, which was designed to dramatically increase student mobility within the Americas. Mexico is expected to contribute significantly to this goal. In complement, the Mexican government has launched Proyecta 100,000 with even more ambitious bilateral academic cooperation and exchange goals. An important component of these programs is language teaching and learning to elevate and expand the level of English in Mexico. Indeed, teaching programs provide a strategic multiplying effect. Considering the needs of public institutions in Mexico, most placements will be outside Mexico City where fewer resources are directed.

Application Deadline
Activity Type

Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.

Mid-Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.


Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Up To 3
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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