Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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2 Open Study/Research Awards

Grant Period:

10 months

Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Accepted Degree Levels:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: Thai language proficiency may be required, depending in the proposed project. Applicants without Thai language skills should include plans for language study in their Fulbright projects.

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


All grantees must affiliate with Thai universities. Applicants should include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. The Fulbright Commission in Thailand will assist candidates who have been offered awards in formalizing their affiliations.


Candidates currently residing in Thailand (or those who will be living there during the 2016-2017 academic year) will not be considered.


Dependent support is not available

25 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Grant Period:

12 months

All English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are required to begin their grants in late September/early October 2017 in order to attend the orientation in Bangkok. The orientation program covers intensive Thai language study, ESL teaching techniques, and Thai cultural issues. Grantees start from the second semester in Thailand and proceed to the first semester of the subsequent academic year. During Thai summer school vacation, grantees are assigned to internships and may be engaged in English camps, outreach or other related community activities.

Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile:

Candidates must be articulate native English-speakers.  Candidates are expected to demonstrate the necessary initiative to teach conversational English at elementary, middle & high school levels for an average class size of up to 35-45 students with a tradition of rote learning.   Moreover, candidates must be able to adapt and thrive within a variety of intensive cultural environments including the challenges of living in a less comfortable setting. Candidates must be willing and able to physically and mentally adjust to work in the Thai cultural context and the Thai educational system.

Candidates need to be self-motivated, adventurous, flexible, and independent.  Candidates from all majors are welcomed but those with Education/English majors who possess prior teaching experience are preferred. As cultural ambassadors, ETAs are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism and share aspects of American culture with their schools.

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required

Additional Information: Thai language proficiency is not required, but, some self-study of Thai prior to arrival is recommended in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community. ETAs will be provided basic Thai language as part of the in-country orientation. 

Placement Type:

Grantees will teach at either the elementary/middle or middle/high school level, depending on the placement. ETAs will be assigned to public schools in cities and towns in the upper north, lower north, south, east, and northeast of Thailand.  ETAs are not assigned to schools in Bangkok.


Candidates currently residing in Thailand (or those who will be living there during the 2016-2017 academic year) will not be considered.

Health Disclosure & Eligibility:

In compliance with Thai government regulations regarding heath and employment in the school systems, all candidates must indicate in their applications if they suffer from any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English.  Strict adherence to these regulations is MANDATORY.  Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant.  Fulbright applicants must include Medical Disclosures for applicable medical conditions at the end of the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Individuals with the following conditions cannot be placed in Thai classrooms:

·Visual impairments (conditions that cannot be corrected by glasses/contact lenses)

·Hearing impairments above 40dB

In addition to the aforementioned conditions, other conditions that must be noted include, but are not limited to:

·Conditions worsened by stress such as: Epilepsy, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, etc.

·Severe food allergies including, but not limited to: nuts, shellfish, beans.

Nature of Assignment:

All placements will be made by the Thailand-U.S. Educational Foundation (TUSEF). Approximately 16-18 hours per week of classroom teaching, plus class preparation time and school-related activities is required.  A combination of co-teaching and independent teaching will vary from school to school and will depend on the school’s situation as well as the ETA's backgrounds and qualifications. ETAs will be supervised by English teachers at the host schools. 

In order to help the ETAs better prepare for assignment in Thailand, selected candidates who do not have TEFL, TESOL certificates may be required to take online course(s) for TESOL prior coming to Thailand to take up the grant.  More details on this matter will be provided in the grant documents.


Housing arrangements are made by the host schools and with approval by TUSEF. Housing situations vary from site to site, and this requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptation on the part of the ETAs.

Independent Study:

English Teaching Assistant grants are not study/research awards and teaching takes most of the grantee’s time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on the reasons why the applicant seeks the cultural experience of teaching English in Thailand. ETAs are encouraged to write about their cultural experiences for possible inclusion in Fulbright publications.


Dependent support is not available



I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.