International Leaders in Education Program

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The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) brings outstanding secondary school teachers of English, math, science social studies, and special education in the previously listed disciplines from the Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere to the United States. Participants further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. 

ILEP teachers participate in a five month academic program at U.S. university graduate schools of education. 

Program Length

5 months

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Applicants must be:

  • Current secondary school-level, full-time teachers in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population;
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in ILEP teaching disciplines: English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or special education
  • Be citizens of and residents in eligible ILEP countries;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Obtain a minimum score of 500 on paper based TOEFL or 61 on an internet based TOEFL;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

Former participants of ILEP, TEA, Partners in Education (PiE) or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program may not apply. If you have participated in other programs funded by the U.S. government, please talk to the Fulbright Commission/US Embassy in your country about your eligibility.

Visit the IREX website to apply.

Country-Specific Information

ILEP is administered by International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).
Washington, DC 20005 

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