U.S. applicants for the Japan-U.S. ICT Teacher Exchange Program must:

  1. Hold teaching certificates and/or have the equivalent credentials to teach at their schools.
  2. Be employed full-time as grades 7-12 teachers. (Administrators and auxiliary personnel are NOT eligible.) Successful candidates must be employed in education for at least one year following their participation in the program.
  3. Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  4. Reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory or protectorate.
  5. Have not previously participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program or the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), UNLESS the applicant can demonstrate the ability to apply “Space and Earth” to their own subject.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants will be selected with the following criteria in mind:
  1. Commitment to producing substantive "Space and Earth" related curricula using ICT, during and after the program.
  2. Commitment to remaining an active grade 7-12 school teacher in order to share experiences gained through the program on a long-term basis (at least 2–3 years) in the classroom, school, and community. In order to ensure that recipients will remain engaged in secondary education, the program encourages applications from educators with preferably five or more years of experience and at least three years from retirement. Teachers nearing retirement, should demonstrate how they intend to remain in the profession.
  3. Strong ability or interest in implementing school activities related to “Space and Earth”, and a serious professional interest in developing curricula in these topics.
  4. Serious academic/professional interest in curriculum development, teaching methodologies and/or projects and activities related to Japan and ICT, and serious interest in international exchange, including Japan-U.S. exchange, as a component of the program’s activities.
  5. Familiarity with or willingness to use internet-based applications (including email, Google Groups or other social media) to connect and communicate with other participants. Program participants are expected to plan and develop collaborative curricula during the program and to remain in contact with program partners while the projects are conducted in home schools for a period of six months or longer after the program concludes.
  6. Personal adaptability and flexibility, sensitivity to group dynamics, and the ability to be a team player as demonstrated by the applicant's recommendations from supervisor(s) or other education professionals.