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Am I Eligible?

Eligible GPA Project Participants

An individual is eligible to participate in a GPA project if s/he is:

  • A citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States; and
  • Currently employed full-time in a U.S. school system, institution of higher education, Local Education Agency or State Education Agency (not applicable to students);

And, at least one of the following:

  • A teacher in an elementary or secondary school (please see note below);
  • A faculty member who teaches modern foreign languages or area studies;
  • An experienced education administrator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels;
  • A graduate student or junior or senior in an institution of higher education, who is a prospective teacher in the areas of social sciences, humanities and foreign languages. The student should meet the provisions set by his or her local and state education agencies.


Note: All GPA participants must be educators, students, pre-service teachers or administrators who fulfill the criteria above and the selection criteria set by their respective projects and are currently teaching, studying, and/or administering in the eligible fields of humanities, social sciences, foreign languages, and/or area studies. Area studies Area studies is defined as a program of comprehensive study of the aspects of a society o societies, including the study of their geography, history, culture, economy, politics, international relations, or languages.  Project participants may also be working in interdisciplinary areas such as business, health, social work, math, science, counseling, engineering, the environment and technology.  If an educator or student is working in a variety of subject areas, s/he must spend the majority of his/her time working with eligible subjects.


Restrictions on Participants

  • Individual participants may be awarded a total of four (4) lifetime short-term awards (two months or less). Short-term awards would include Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad, Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, etc.; however, preference should be given to individuals who have not previously received a Fulbright award or other international exchange opportunity.
  • Individual participants of GPA Short Term projects may not participate in consecutive years. There is a two-year wait out period.
  • Individuals who are not currently employed and/or studying full-time or its equivalent are not eligible.
  • Individuals who do not meet the GPA program’s eligibility criteria listed in this application package are not eligible.


Restriction on Non-Participants

Spouses, other family members, and friends who have not been selected to participate in this project according to the selection criteria stated in the approved application are not permitted to join the group at any point during the program.