Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Tips for English Teaching Assistant Programs

Biographical Data
  • Complete all required fields: You should take care to accurately complete all of the required fields in this section.
  • Use proper capitalization and punctuation: This is a formal grant application and you are advised to follow the English language rules on capitalization and punctuation.

Statement of Grant Purpose

Carefully read the specific summary for the country to which you are applying: This is necessary for you to understand the nature of the program and the specific requirements, since the design of the English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA) program varies from country to country.

Address the following points:

  • Why do you wish to undertake an ETA opportunity?
  • Why are you applying to this specific country?
  • What do you bring to the classroom that will enrich the learning experience of English language learners overseas?
  • What specific ideas do you have for engaging with students and helping them to learn English?
  • What specific qualifications, training, or experiences do you have to prepare you to serve as an ETA?
  • How do you expect to benefit from the assignment?
  • What plans do you have for civic engagement outside the classroom?
  • Do not make your Statement of Grant Purpose location-specific within the host country, unless specifically requested to do so in the country summary. ETAs will be placed by the Fulbright Commission or the U.S. embassy in the host country, so nothing addressed in the Statement of Grant Purpose should be location-specific since you will not know where you will be based and what particular resources will be available.

Adhere to the proper format:

  • Length is limited to a maximum of one single-spaced page. Longer statements will not be presented to the screening committee.
  • Use 1-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • At the top of each page include:
    • On line 1: Statement of Grant Purpose
    • On line 2: Your Name, Country of Application, and English Teaching Assistant Program
Personal Statement

Make it Personal: This statement provides you with an opportunity to introduce yourself to the screening committee members on a personal level. The style is up to you, but the content should convey your background and your motivation for applying to the specific Fulbright Program in question and how this background relates to the proposed project and your future goals.

Do not repeat information from other parts of the application.

Adhere to the proper format:

  • Length is limited to a maximum of one single-spaced pages. Longer statements will not be presented to the screening committee.
  • Use 1-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • At the top of each page include:
    • On line 1: Personal Statement
    • On line 2: Your Name, Country of Application, and English Teaching Assistant Program
Foreign Language Evaluation

For Commonly-Taught Languages: The Foreign Language Evaluation should be completed by a professional language teacher, preferably a university professor. The language evaluator cannot be related to the applicant.

For Less-Commonly-Taught Languages: If a professional language teacher is not readily available, a college-educated native-speaker of the language can be used. The language evaluator cannot be related to the applicant.

Provide your language evaluator with the Instructions for Foreign Language Evaluators. You can print these out and discuss them with the person completing the form.

Please note that an email address can only be used for one type of online reference, that is, either a reference or a Foreign Language Evaluation. If you wish to have the same person complete both a reference and a Foreign Language Evaluation, the person must use two different email addresses. You will register the person once for the reference and once for the Foreign Language Evaluation.

In order to register your language evaluator and to have access to the Language Self-Evaluation, you must respond appropriately to the Embark Online Application Preliminary Question 3. If you did not initially request these forms, click on the link in the upper right hand corner of the online application - Update My Answers to Preliminary Questions.

References
  • When choosing individuals to complete the ETA reference forms, select the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to serve as an ETA in the host country.
  • Provide reference writers with copies of your Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statement.
  • Give reference writers at least 3-4 weeks to complete the reference forms.
  • Provide your recommenders with Instructions for Fulbright ETA Reference Writers.
  • All reference forms must be completed in English.

After the reference is submitted, it cannot be edited. However, if there is a significant error and the reference writer agrees to submit a revised reference, the following process must be followed:

  • The reference writer sends an email from the registered email account to Embark Support to request that the reference be un-submitted (from the login page of the Embark Online Reference System, the same used to submit the reference/evaluation).
  • The email to Embark support must include the applicant’s full name and country of application.
  • The reference writer will need to allow at least 48 hours for the request to be implemented.
  • Once the reference is un-submitted, the reference writer can edit the reference and resubmit.
  • All references must be submitted by the application deadline.

Note: Applicants and Fulbright Program Advisers cannot request that a reference be un-submitted.

Applicants can follow the status of the reference (not initiated, in progress, submitted) from the References/Evaluation page of the application. Additional details on the online submission of references are available in the Embark application system.

Transcripts
  • You must upload one unofficial academic transcript from each post-secondary institution from which you received a degree. Additional transcripts should be uploaded for coursework and grades not reflected on degree-granting transcripts.
  • Failure to provide a complete academic history of higher education will result in your being declared ineligible.
  • Graduate-level students who do not include undergraduate transcripts will be considered ineligible.
  • Candidates recommended for final consideration will be required to submit official copies of all college transcripts in January.
  • Consult the Transcript and Upload Instructions page for more detailed information.
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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.