Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA)

Uniting the World, One Student at a Time


Online application availability

Early spring; check www.us.fulbrightonline.org for details

Campus deadline

Early September

National deadline

Early October


Applicant education level

Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit


Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?


Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

None; but academic excellence is a must


UAA Institutional Endorsement


Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Fulbright Program Adviser, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035, to discuss intent to apply


The language requirement depends on the host country you choose

For a full list of requirements, please visit www.us.fulbrightonline.org


The Fulbright U.S. Student E.T.A. Program offers teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students

  • Fulbrighters provide classroom assistance to local English teachers while serving as cultural ambassadors for the US
  • The age and academic level of students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level
  • During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences
  • The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think
  • Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding

Note: Grant lengths and dates vary by country. For more information, please consult the specific country summary for details by visiting www.us.fulbrightonline.org


Award benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants include:

  • Round-trip transportation to and from the host country
  • Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & sickness health benefits

In some countries, benefits may also include:

  • Book and research allowances
  • Mid-term enrichment activities
  • Full or partial tuition payment
  • Language study programs
  • Pre-departure and/or in-country orientations


Depends on specific country

Can the award be deferred?


Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

You may only apply to one country

Enrolled applicants should submit application through UAA

Non-enrolled applicants may submit application “at-large”

For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit: www.us.fulbrightonline.org


English Teaching Assistant Awards

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classroom

Click here to view the countries offering English Teaching Assistant Awards


Basic characteristics sought by Review Committees:

  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose and the Personal Statement
  • Academic or professional record
  • Personal qualifications
  • Language preparation
  • Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities
  • Requirements of the program in individual countries; for example, advanced-degree candidates are preferred in some countries, while in others, certain fields of study are not recommended. Check with IIE (Institute of International Education) before filing an application if you do not meet all country specifications

Note: It is the policy of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board that reasons for non-recommendation of candidates not be given


Since program requirements vary by country, applicants should familiarize themselves with the host country by visiting www.us.fulbrightonline.org

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Fulbright Program Adviser, Dr. Francisco Miranda at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035, the semester before you plan to apply for the award
  • Register at www.us.fulbrightonline.org and start completing application
  • Start developing your Personal Statement and your Statement of Grant Purpose according to the Fulbright guidelines
  • For your letters of recommendation, select instructors who can comment on your English skills, teaching abilities, and academic and/or professional plans in detail
  • Submit a complete application online, including all letters of recommendation, by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Prepare for individual CAMPUS INTERVIEW, which will take place within 1-2 weeks after the campus deadline
  • The Fulbright Campus Interview Committee will submit an official institutional endorsement of your application at the end of your campus interview
  • A Fulbright National Screening Committee will conduct a preliminary elimination on the basis of credentials in December and determine if your application will be forwarded to the embassy of the country to which you are applying for final review
  • You will be notified of the status of your application in January
  • Candidates whose application is forwarded to the appropriate embassy for further review will be notified of the final decision in March-May


Number of applications received nationwide


Number of awards granted

1900 +/-

Is an interview required?

Campus interview: Yes

National interview: No

When are qualifying candidates notified?

Approximately January 31st

When are winning candidates notified?

Approximately May 1st


Fulbright Program Adviser

Dr. Francisco Miranda



Phone number


Email address



Webinars for candidates are available at www.us.fulbrightonline.org

Schedule an advising appointment at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035