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Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grants


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. English Teaching Assistant grantees come from a wide range of disciplines and are placed in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs 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. The language skill required also varies by country. You can see which countries offer ETA grants and the relevant details on the ETA programs page.


  • Be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Senior or recent alumnus/a
    • Applicants who will have completed a Ph.D. by the start of the grant are encouraged to apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Fulfill teaching requirements (varies by country and grant)
  • Fulfill language requirements (varies by country and grant)

Application Materials:

Application Procedure:

Office Pre-Application Deadline - August 14, 2020

To be included in the campus interview process, you must first notify the University Fellowships Office ( of your plans to apply and participate in the campus process.

Office Application Deadline - August 28, 2020

You must submit a completed application through the Fulbright online application system. The UFO will share the submitted materials with the your interview committee.

Disclaimer: Applicants who fail to meet the above deadlines will not be included in the campus interviews and will receive limited feedback.

Month of September - Campus interviews are conducted

The UFO will assemble committees of Penn State faculty and staff to interview applicants. During the interview, applicants will receive extensive feedback on their application materials. This interview is the only guaranteed interview in the entire Fulbright application process. Applicants will have the chance to continue to revise their materials after the campus evaluation process.

National Deadline (Expected) - October 13, 2020

Applications must be submitted directly using the online application system.

Current Status: 
Senior, Grad Student, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
International Experience, Teaching (including English abroad)
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Health-related, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, International Relations and Public Policy, STEM, Visual and Performing Arts
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Fall (September – December)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802