Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
- be a U.S. citizen
- hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant
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.
Submission Timeline & the Faculty Review Process
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.
- You need to decide whether you will apply “under” NYU or “at large.”
If you choose the latter option, you are free to submit right up until the final deadline date. Your application will not need to be evaluated by NYU (see below). However, it also means that you will not have the chance to use NYU’s support structures and resources, nor use the faculty review as a way to strengthen your application. Statistically speaking, you are twice as likely to win a Fulbright if you apply under your school rather than “at-large.”
- If you apply “under NYU,” there is an internal mid-September deadline for your application materials. (N.B. If you are part of the FADP, there is a slightly earlier internal deadline.)
- This internal deadline is because the NYU Office of Global Awards needs time to convene a faculty committee to interview you and provide an evaluation of your application. This is a requirement, not an option, and we do it at the request of the Fulbright Program.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a freshman / sophomore / junior / senior. When is the best time to start thinking about my Fulbright application?
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.
If I have already graduated or am an alumnus of NYU, can I still apply under NYU or do I have to apply "at-large"?
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.
If I am a student at NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai and I am also a U.S. Citizen. Can I still apply?
Yes, you can. If you’re enrolled at NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai, you need to work through the Global Awards Office there.
I'm studying abroad for a semester and so won't have access to the Office of Global Awards. What do I do?
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.
NYU Fulbright ETA Recipients
Personally, the Fulbright experience has provided me a sense of self-determination and agency I’m not sure I would have experienced anywhere else. Being completely immersed in a different culture has given me new insight about the world and my place in it. It’s instilled in me a sense of adventure and curiosity that continually grows while abroad.
Applying for a Fulbright fellowship gave me the opportunity to think about how the things I invest my time in are a reflection of my values, and beyond that, how my values align with the mission of Fulbright Program. I found that my academic background in linguistics, passion for dance and teaching, and desire to travel are all extensions of my commitment to facilitate understanding and empathy for others. Reflecting in this way was challenging for me, but it ultimately gave me a clearer understanding of what matters to me and why, and has also helped me navigate my roles as an English teacher and cultural ambassador with a greater sense of self-awareness and compassion.
As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Madrid, I work with university students in the Department of Film, Communication and Digital Arts. Through Fulbright, I was able to bring in my experience as a media studies major and digital artist and am currently collaborating with the department on the university's first art publication showcasing student work.
When I first applied for a Fulbright grant in Spain, I had no idea that it would take me to a windy, volcanic island just sixty miles off the coast of North Africa! I am an English Teaching Assistant on Fuerteventura, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. The island is both geographically and culturally removed from the Iberian peninsula and I find myself very grateful for this unique placement: less jamón ibérico and patatas bravas, more queso majorero and papas arrugadas! In my experience as a Fulbrighter, becoming a part of the culture and community holds just as much importance as my role teaching English in a primary school.
Although I’m only halfway through my Fulbright year, Bulgaria has already taught me more than I ever hoped for about myself, other people, and integrating into a new culture. Fulbright is more than just a chance to travel—it’s an opportunity to build a life in a new country and make friends from across the globe, which is infinitely more valuable.
Teaching in Uzbekistan is not being just a native English speaker but also a bridge between American and Uzbek culture. The interactions in Russian and Uzbek with waiters and cashiers outside the classroom are just as important to me as the structured lessons and weekly speaking clubs at my host institutions. I’m so excited for subsequent ETAs here to continue the conversation!