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. 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. 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.
Hold a bachelor’s degree by start of the grant; not have completed a Ph.D. when applying
Have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country (varies by country/grant)
Office Application Deadline: September 1, 2017
If you are interested in applying, notify the University Fellowships Office by email (email@example.com) and follow the internal process outlined below. If you’d like to schedule a meeting to discuss your interest in applying please click schedule appointment on the right side of our website.
Application Process: The university is required to complete a Campus Committee Evaluation form for all applicants, so there is an internal interview process. Applications are submitted through Embark, Fulbright's application portal, by the date above. Applicants will be contacted and scheduled for interviews throughout September. After interviewing, applicants will have the opportunity to make any necessary revisions prior to final submission. To be scheduled for an interview, applicants must submit through Embark the following materials:
- Completed application
- Personal statement (1-page limit)
- Statement of grant purpose (1-page limit)
- Unofficial transcript(s)
- 3 letters of recommendation
- ETA references are slightly different from traditional letters, please see Fulbright's instructions for ETA references
- Foreign language evaluation (if required)
When creating an application on Embark, be sure to affiliate it with Penn State. On the preliminary information page (1st page) make sure question 4, are you applying through your home institution, is answered yes. Then on the program information page (4th page) under question 25 be sure to select Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus, PA. This allows us to view the application after it is submitted, return if for editing after the interview, and is necessary to complete our application process. After applicants interview, make any revisions and resubmit their applications, the application portal will close in early October. All applications are then reviewed by the Institute of International Education throughout the fall. In mid to late January, all applicants will be notified as to whether they've been named semi-finalists or not. Semi-finalists are those sent on to their perspective countries for final selection, and IIE only selects 1.5 to 2 semi-finalists per available grant position. Each country runs it's own selection process, and the majority require no further input from applicants. A handful conduct interviews over Skype or the phone and will contact semi-finalists directly to schedule these. Applicants having interviews can contact our office for help preparing for their interview. Countries make their final selections from March to May and semi-finalists are notified directly of their status.