Applicant Eligibility Criteria for AY 2014-15


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Master's in TESOL OR in a field related to English language teaching
  • Classroom ESL/EFL teaching experience
  • Personal qualities of patience, determination, flexibility, teamwork initiative and a love of adventure
  • Degree must be conferred by end of 2014 spring semester for regular cycle projects and by the end of 2014 summer semester for off-cycle projects
  • If the qualifying degree was awarded by a non-U.S. institution, it must be evaluated by an educational credential evaluation service. Visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of evaluation companies
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from professional or academic contacts, including one letter from a current or most recent supervisor, submitted by references directly through the on-line application. Letters older than two years are considered invalid


  • Two years' experience teaching ESL/EFL*
  • One year experience training English language teachers and/or teacher trainers
  • A minimum of one year teaching in the U.S. education system (K-16 or adult education)
  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of English language teaching (e.g., membership in a TEFL/TESL professional organization; presentations at an EFL/ESL conference)

Application Review

To apply, Applicants must meet the required eligibility requirements. These requirements will be conveyed through the online application in the different sections explained here. Personal qualities can be best conveyed through the statement of purpose essay, short answer response, letters of reference, and interview. Most competitive Applicants will be those who can demonstrate experience with each of the Preferred Eligibility Criteria.

Apply Now: To complete an online application for the EL Fellow Program please click here.

*Definition of full-time academic year

  • University and community college setting: one academic year consists of two semesters or three terms at 12-15 contact hours/week
  • K-12 public/private school setting: one academic year consists of two semesters or three terms at 30-40 contact hours/week
Department of State

Funded by U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs

All decisions related to the Fellowship (including candidate review, selection, funding, suspension, revocation, and termination) and all criteria related thereto are made and established by the U.S. Department of State.