Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Philippine: International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)


The U.S. Department of State, IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board), and the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) announce an open competition for a program that will bring outstanding secondarylevel school teachers to the U.S. for a professional development opportunity. ILEP seeks to:

• Enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching discipline and equip them with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and the use of technology in teaching.
• Create among educators a more nuanced understanding of the U.S.
• Develop productive and lasting relationships and mutual understanding between U.S. and international teachers and their students.
• Contribute to improving teaching in participating countries by preparing participants to serve as teacher leaders, who upon returning home will apply and share their experience and skills with their peers and students.


• English,
• Social Sciences (social studies, civics, history, or geography)
• Mathematics
• Science


The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) will provide international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of the United States. The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) is an exchange program that will provide 64 secondary school teachers from East Asia and the Pacific, South and Central Asia, the Near East, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere with a semester-long professional development program at a U.S. University from January to May 2012. ILEP consists of a non-credit, non-degree academic program, including coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for home environments, teacher leadership, as well as the use of computers for Internet, word processing and as tools for teaching.

At the core of the academic program is a customized course in education that will connect all program components. As part of the education course, participants will work in groups to develop a unique teacher professional development module. The five month program will also include an internship at a secondary school to engage participants actively with American teachers and students. Cultural activities and academic support will be provided for participants throughout the program. ILEP program alumni are eligible to apply for small grants upon their return home. These grants can provide resources to conduct teacher training workshops or other activities that share the teacher’s experience in the U.S. and contribute to the growth of their home education communities.


The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world. ECA strives to achieve this goal through a wide range of international exchanges as authorized by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended. ECA works in close cooperation with U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions overseas to promote personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad.


IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth.

Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $60 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.


Applicants must:

• Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population with five or more years of classroom experience in ILEP teaching disciplines: EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science;
• Be citizens of and residents of the Philippines (Dual citizens and U.S. residents are NOT eligible);
• Have proficiency in written and spoken English and obtain a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT or equivalent English language examination;
• Continue teaching for at least five years after completion of the program; and
• Have submitted a complete application.
• Obtain approved paid leave of study/absence from their school, if selected to participate as ILEP fellow.

Former participants of ILEP, or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program are NOT eligible to apply.

Staff or families of staff at a U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission are not eligible to apply.

Applications not meeting the above eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any IREX-implemented grant programs, either as individuals or as the responsible party representing an institutional applicant. IREX does not discriminate against grant applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law.

IREX reserves the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible

• J-1 visa support;
• A pre-departure orientation held at the PAEF office;
• Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
• A Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.;
• Academic program fees;
• Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
• Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
• Transportation to the internship school (if necessary);
• A laptop computer allowance;
• A book/professional development allowance;
• An excess baggage/shipping allowance;
• A Closing Workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
• The opportunity to apply for follow-on grants.


ILEP fellows will be selected through a merit-based open competition based on the criteria below. For this program, top candidates will be interviewed by an interview panel and must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent English language examination or provide valid results from June 2010 or later.

Selection Criteria (not in order of importance):

• Demonstrated commitment to teaching in the field of secondary education;
• Demonstrated leadership potential;
• Professional and educational experience and achievements;
• Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and home country educational institutions and schools.
• Preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive U.S.-based training program;
• Willingness and capacity to collaborate with international peers toward the development of a professional development module;
• Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively; and
• English language skills adequate to develop lesson plans, conduct research, audit graduate classes in U.S.

host universities, and team-teach in U.S. schools (a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80 is required for ILEP program participation).

Applicants who have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S. will be given priority.


• Please answer all questions on the application.
• Please type or print in black ink.
• If a question does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable).
• Include your full, legal name as spelled on your passport (if available) or other photo identification.
• Include complete contact information (including zip codes for all addresses and city codes for all phone and fax numbers if available).
• Write your full name, city, and country in the top right corner of each page.

Completed applications must be received at the PAEF office no later than March 31, 2011, 4:00pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


All applicants must include the Institutional Support and Reference Form, which must be completed by the applicant’s supervisor at the school where he/she is employed. The form must be signed. The reference letter must be written in English.

Applicants must submit the original application and three complete copies (for a total of four copies). Each
copy of the application should be submitted in the following order:
1. Completed Application;
2. Institutional Support and Reference Form completed by your supervisor; and
3. A copy of the photo and information pages of your passport (or photo identification).

Each complete application should look identical and be stapled. No other form of binding is permitted

Download application form
Download Institutional Support Form

Contact Us

Manila Office:
PAEF-Educational Information and Advising Center
10/F Ayala Life-FGU Center-Makati
6811 Ayala Avenue
1226 Makati City

Tel Nos:
(632) 812-0919
(632) 812-0945
(632) 812-5890

Fax No:
(632) 812-0822


Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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