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. Review the details on specific country requirements and numbers of awards.
ETA application components are listed on the Fulbright site.
In general, the Fulbright has an excellent website that takes you through all the application steps. It includes checklists, application tips, and webinars. We strongly recommend you consult the website very carefully.
The final deadline for Fulbright applications is generally mid-October. Applications are submitted online using the Embark system, which opens for applications from March to mid-October.
However, there are some important caveats to this final deadline.
The interview will take approximately 30 minutes and will be scheduled once we receive your application materials. After these interviews are over, you will have a chance to revise and strengthen your application. We will send you detailed outline of this process when you submit in mid-September.
Applying for a Fulbright scholarship tends to be a drawn-out and rigorous process. In most cases, the application process opens 15 months before the grant’s anticipated start date, and the deadline to apply is roughly 11 to 12 months before the start date. Ideally, you would begin working on your application as early as 2 years before actually taking up the grant.
The Office of National Scholarships at NYU will support your application if you are applying up to two years out from your graduation date. This means we can help you with up to two applications rounds after you graduate.
If more than two years has elapsed, we can make an exception, but you need to email us with a clear outline of your grant purpose and explanation as to why it makes sense for you to apply at this point in your life. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, you can. If you’re enrolled at NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai, you need to work through the Global Awards Office there.
Our appointments can be held on Skype and we can also arrange for our lunch information sessions to be Google hangouts (when you sign up on the Doodle poll, simply select “Google hangout”). To see our contact details, click here.
Eric Ives (Germany, 2015):
With the ETA grant, I spent part of my time as a cultural ambassador for the US, helping students learn English and hopefully a thing or two about America and Americans. My approach was to use theater and performance as an approach to language learning.
Advice: Everyone has an idea of their own path, their own "story-so-far", but on an application you get one single-spaced page to convince readers why you would make a great fit for that fellowship. These statements make or break your application because they are telling your story in a way that transcripts and GPA cannot. What is the fellowship looking for? Which specific experiences have demonstrated those qualities?
Rachel Hsiung (Brazil, 2013):
My Fulbright fellowship was for an ethnographic study on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After returning, I realized I wanted to create tangible products utilizing ethnography so I started working as a User Experience designer. In Fall 2014 I will be starting an MFA in Interaction Design at SVA.