AY 2014-15 Application Information

Applicants should review the Eligibility Requirements before applying to the EL Fellow Program. Former EL Fellows wishing to re-apply should review application information specifically for Former Fellows. Former Fellows eligible to re-apply should update and re-submit their existing application instead of starting a new one. We invite Applicants to complete the application process once they have determined that they meet the eligibility requirements. The following information includes what an Applicant will be asked to enter into the application. Failure to follow instructions can delay review of your application. Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to us us via phone at 202-687-2608 or via e-mail at info@elfellowprogram.org.

New Applicants must create a profile using an email address that does not end with .edu and a password. 

Personal Information:
In this section Applicants will be asked to complete the following information:

  • Felony/Misdemeanor Convictions (if applicable)
  • Previous EL Fellowship History (if applicable)
  • Full name and contact information.
  • Current mailing address
  • Permanent mailing address
  • Emergency contact
  • Where did you hear about the program
  • Short Answer – In 250 words or less explain what personal qualities you will bring to the EL Fellow Program.  Provide examples of how well these qualities have been reflected in your past jobs. Applicants will be required to type the answer into a text box.

This information is required and an Applicant cannot move on to the next section without inputting answers to these questions. 

If an applicant indicates that they have been convicted of one or more felonies/misdemeanors in their lifetime, their application will be sent to the U.S. Department of State for review. If the candidate has been convicted of a felony, the Department will not select such a candidate for a Fellowship (or, if the candidate has already been selected, the Department will annul the selection) unless the Department is satisfied that the conviction does not represent an absence of the requisite moral and social attitude desired of exchange participants. Such a determination will be based upon the nature of the crime, the time and place of conviction, and the subsequent conduct of the candidate. Similarly, a selected candidate who has been convicted of a misdemeanor shall have his or her selection annulled only if the Department finds that the conviction represents an absence of the requisite moral and social attitude desired of exchange grantees. Such a determination will be based upon the nature of the crime, the time and place of conviction, and the subsequent conduct of the candidate.

Applicants are asked to enter their degree information.  The qualifying degree, such as the Master's in TESOL OR in a field related to English language teaching must be entered.  Applicants are also encouraged to enter their undergraduate degree, as well as any additional graduate degrees or certificates to provide the EL Fellow Program with a complete overview of an Applicant's educational background.

If an Applicant is still in process of getting their Master's degree, the application will prompt them to enter their advisor's name and contact information.

Professional Experience:
Applicants must calculate the number of years of experience they have had on various topics in TESOL, both in the United States and abroad. The topics are divided into four sections including: TESOL Classroom Experience, Other Teaching Experience, Teacher Training Experience, and English for Specific Purposes.  Applicants can only include 1 or higher; experience less than one year cannot be included in this section.

Employment Information:
Applicants must enter their complete and accurate professional employment history.  It is highly discouraged and may affect the consideration of the application to only enter current or most recent employment.  Applicants will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Name of Employer
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Country
  • Position/Title
  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Hours Worked Per Week
  • Description of Duties
  • Name of Supervisor
  • Supervisor's Email
  • Do you give the EL Fellow Program permission to contact the employer?

All of the information above, except for State and Zip Code, is required. Furthermore, when reviewing an application, the EL Fellow Program will cross reference the Professional Experience section with the Employment Information section to ensure accurate information is included.

Applicants are asked to enter information regarding relevant affiliations with any of the following:

  • Tribal Colleges (Colleges historically for Native Americans)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs are colleges and institutions with a high percentage of Latino students)
  • Other professional organizations

Response to this section is not required.

Language Skills:
Applicants are asked to enter language abilities below.  Non-native speakers of English should enter their English language abilities. Response to this section is not required.

Professional Activities:
Applicants are asked to enter information relevant to their professional activities.  These activities include presentations and publications, as well as professional activities abroad. Response to this section is not required.

Applicants must enter contact information for at least two, but no more than three, professional references into online application. One reference must be a current or most recent supervisor. Applications which do not have a letter from a supervisor will not be considered. Once the Applicant submits their application an email will be sent to all of the references entered into this section. The email will request a letter of recommendation and outline information that should be included in that letter. References follow a link in the e-mail that takes them to an online site where they fill in their recommendations. During the online application process, please be sure to enter current and valid e-mail addresses for the references. At the end of the process, you will receive an e-mail notification for every letter of reference that has been submitted on your behalf. Once an application is submitted an Applicant has the ability to sign back into their submitted application and resend a letter of recommendation request to a reference who may have missed or has not received the automated email. The EL Fellow Program will not follow up or resend requests for letters of recommendation.  If a reference has a question or encounters any problems submitting a letter, they are welcome to email info@elfellowprogram.org for assistance.

Additional Documents:
Applicants must upload seven additional documents into their application.  These documents are:

  • Resume
  • Two one-page Lesson Plans/Teacher Training Modules - Applicants are requested to provide ESL or English teaching related sample lesson plans/teacher training modules that they have developed and used in their work. Each sample should be drawn from a different area of English language instruction and clearly demonstrate your methodology and design. Lesson plans/modules should be kept brief and while one page is requested, should not exceed two pages. The lesson plans/modules should be concise, clear, and usable. Applicants interested in teacher training should submit at least one teacher training module. Documents must be uploaded as a .doc or .docx file.
  • Statement of Purpose – Applicants must write an essay using the prompt: "Explain why you are applying to the English Language Fellow Program. Include information on why you are applying to the Program and how you think this experience will enhance you as a person and as a professional. What do you expect to gain from the Program, what will you contribute to it, and how will this experience relate to your future English language goals?" Your response must not exceed 800 words. Document must be uploaded as a .doc or .docx file.
  • Graduate Transcript – Applicants must upload an official copy of their qualifying graduate transcript.  The transcript must be issued by the registrar, but can be issued directly to the student, then scanned and uploaded in PDF format to the online application. If the qualifying degree was awarded by a non-U.S. institution, the degree must be evaluated by an educational credential evaluation service. Visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of evaluation companies. If an applicant has not yet been awarded their Master's degree, the most up to date transcript should be uploaded and once the degree has been conferred a final transcript must then be either sent to the EL Fellow Program or uploaded into the application. Document must be uploaded as a .pdf file.

Optional Documents:
Applicants have the ability to upload additional information that would strengthen the application.  These documents can include, but are not limited to: personal publications written or contributed to, honors, awards, leadership activities, public speaking engagements, skills (such as computer software proficiency), certificate or any other information that may help in the evaluation of your application.

Department of State

Funded by U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs

All decisions related to the Fellowship (including candidate review, selection, funding, suspension, revocation, and termination) and all criteria related thereto are made and established by the U.S. Department of State.