AMOUNT: ALL COSTS OF 1 year english teaching assistantship abroad

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for English Teaching Assistant Programs can apply to only one country. Consult this page for details on specific country requirements and numbers of awards.


  • U.S. citizen at the time of application

  • Must have bachelor's degree before start of the grant

  • Be in acceptable mental and physical health

  • Must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people

  • Must NOT hold a doctoral degree at time of application

  • Must NOT have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application

  • Must NOT be employees or immediate family of the US Department of State for a period ending one year after termination of employment


  1. Contact campus representative Jolyn Schleiffarth ( for on-campus deadline
  2. Submit application roughly one year before start of grant.

preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong preference in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is for those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant. However, those who may have held an English Teaching Assistant Program may apply for a study/research grant, provided that at least 2 years have elapsed from the end of their ETA period, and they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.

  • Preference will be given to applicants whose higher education was undertaken primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are inte­gral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.

  • Candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad are preferred. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.

  • For most programs, applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply.