Fulbright Scholar Program

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Western Hemisphere


Award Details
Grant Activity

The main purpose of this grant is capacity building in English language programs in Mexican institutions (refer to specializations below).

• Teach undergraduate and graduate courses, with an emphasis on English language teacher training
• 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 B.A. and M.A. 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, conduct research in area of specialization.  Applicants for combined teaching and research are required to indicate the planned ratio in the project statement.

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 activities‎.
Grant Length
Three to nine months.
Grant Dates

Full academic-year grants are preferred. Nine month grants start in August or September 2020. One semester grants to begin in August or September 2020, or January 2021. All grants must be completed by June 30, 2021.


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). 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. Embassy Travel Warnings when placing U.S. Fulbright grantees in Mexico. Placement may be restricted in certain states or areas of Mexico, depending on these recommendations. Please see the U.S. Deparment of State Travel Advisories webpage.

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

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas.

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, announced by President Obama in March 2011, and 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
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Candidate Profile
Academics, all levels including early career
Program Staff
Angelica Serna
Regional Program Officer

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