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The U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow Program is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2019. For fifty years, the Fellow Program has promoted mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through English language programming and cultural exchange. Please join us in celebrating this important milestone in our program’s history.

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As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, the English Language Fellow Program is sponsoring a Small Grants Competition. Fellow alumni are invited to apply for grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 in the following three categories:

 

  1. Raising awareness of the English Language Fellow Program within the English language teaching community in the United States

      For example:

  • Creating a local or regional Fellow alumni chapter

  • Organizing a series of presentations or workshops about the Fellow’s project and how it related to being a citizen diplomat, e.g. at high schools throughout the state

 

  1. Supporting former Fellows in their professional development in the United States

      For example:

  • Conducting research in a subject area related to an aspect of the original fellowship project, e.g. flipped classrooms, student motivation, creating culturally relevant materials

  • Attending a course related to an aspect of the original fellowship project, e.g. how to teach academic writing to non-English majors, techniques for differentiated instruction

 

  1. Supporting former Fellows in their work with English language learners in American classrooms

      For example:

  • Producing an event or publication showcasing student achievement, e.g. a play written and performed by the students, publication of student writing

  • Taking a field trip to a location or event related to a topic students have been studying, e.g. a museum with guided tour, state house of representatives for a public debate

  • Developing a service learning project related to a topic students have been studying, e.g. environmental conservation, helping elderly neighbors with their errands

 

Timeline for submission:

  • The priority deadline for proposals is March 31, 2019. However, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the 2019 Anniversary year. Projects must be carried out before the end of the year.

  • A small group of selected winners will be invited to share the impact of their projects at a gala event at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. in fall 2019. In order to be considered, proposals must be submitted by the priority deadline and implemented by summer 2019.

Applicant eligibility:

  • Applicants must be a former Fellow of the program, currently working or studying in the field of TESOL or a directly related field in the United States.

  • Applicants must be in good standing with the program.

Application guidelines:

  • Applications must be submitted using the online form.

  • The examples above are just examples. The competition encourages creative, meaningful ideas.

Grant conditions:

  • Grant recipients will be given a grant based on the applicant’s estimate of costs for the project.

  • Grant recipients must agree to participate in promoting their project and the English Language Fellow Program on the program’s social media channels and in the participant’s local news and educational media outlets.

  • At the conclusion of the project, the recipient must submit a report summarizing the activity and its impact.

  • Payment received from GU/CIED for the Small Grants Competition is taxable and will be reported both to you and to the IRS on Form 1099-MISC in Box 7. These fees are called “non-employee compensation” and they are considered taxable income. You should consult your tax advisor or the IRS for guidance. Note that GU/CIED and ECA/DOS cannot provide any tax guidance. Filing and paying your taxes are solely your own responsibility.

Please join us in celebrating this important milestone in our program’s history by submitting a short happy 50th Anniversary video clip. The most engaging videos will be featured at the English Language Fellow Program 50th Anniversary Reception at the 2019 TESOL International Convention.

Take a look at our sample videos and video guidelines, then submit your own video by clicking the button below. Upload your video by January 31st, 2019.

Video Guidelines:

 

  • Record a 5-10 second video clip
  • Select a background that showcases where you are in the world! (possible examples include: your classroom, your school, a scenic location…etc.)
  • Invite colleagues, students, administrators and/or others impacted by the English Language Fellow Program to be a part of your video
  • Feel free to print out and use the image above as a prop in your celebration video (enlarge or decrease size as you like

 

 

The U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow Program is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2019. For fifty years, the Fellow Program has promoted mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through English language teaching and learning, and through cultural exchange.

To celebrate this milestone, we want to send Fellow alumni back to their countries-of-assignment. We will select 6 Fellow alumni who apply to the Fellows@50 Encore contest, to go back and give back to their countries-of-assignments for a 2-week project.

To apply for this opportunity, Fellow alumni applicants should develop an idea for an encore project that the applicant could carry out in the country-of-assignment. To be considered for selection, applicants must meet the following criteria:

-Proud alumnus/a of the English Language Fellow Program in good standing with the program.
-Available to travel for a minimum of 2 weeks between April 2019-July 2019.

We are accepting applications from September 18, 2018 until October 18, 2018.

A finalized project and itinerary will be created based on your proposal, and in conjunction with the needs and opportunities identified by the current country’s Regional English Language Officer.

If you have any questions, please write to outreach@elprograms.org

Please note: The selected projects will be highly publicized. Encore Fellows will be expected to participate in promotional activities, such as video production, social media activity, and press opportunities.

The English Language Fellow Program began in 1969 with a small number of teachers in Latin America. In the 1970s, a participant was sent to Africa for the first time. The program quickly expanded to a worldwide exchange by the 1980s, with a large number of educators sent to the Soviet Union in the 1990s. This program has sent thousands of educators to over 80 countries worldwide.

This year, the English Language Fellow Program is the largest it’s ever been, sending 173 experienced U.S. TESOL professionals on 10-month paid teaching assignments at universities and other academic institutions around the world.

Throughout 2019, we will be hosting events and providing exciting opportunities to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Check back here throughout the year for information about upcoming events.

Over the years we have lost contact with many of our former participants. We want to be sure we have up-to-date contact information for all our former participants. Please take a moment to provide us with your contact information, so we can keep you in the loop on the upcoming festivities.