The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides grants that are funded by the US Department of State. It gives American teachers the opportunity to spend three to six months observing in schools and conducting educational research in a host country. The current participating countries are Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. Teachers visit a variety of schools, attend conferences, and audit university courses as they research a specific issue in education that relates directly to their classroom teaching.
In addition to sending US teachers abroad, the program brings teachers from the participating countries to the US. Teachers from both the US and abroad meet at a three-day conference in Washington, D.C. at the beginning of the program. This provides a rare opportunity for teachers to share their experiences with colleagues from around the world.