Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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60 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS), along with the Mexican and U.S. governments, are interested in supporting English Language teaching and learning in Mexico.  English Teaching Assistants will support classroom English language learning between 20 to 25 hours per week. Classroom placements range from elementary schools to university settings, and also include “normalistas” (teacher training colleges).

Grantees are also expected to engage in a side project for 15 to 20 hours per week (to complete a 40 hour work week) related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests.

COMEXUS is the Fulbright Commission in Mexico.

The Fulbright grant in Mexico is also known as Fulbright-García Robles.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants start Sept 1, 2018, and end May 31, 2019. 

All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2018, organized by COMEXUS. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Preferred candidates should have a degree in English, Spanish, education, TESOL, or applied linguistics with some experience in teaching or tutoring. Other fields will be considered, if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Preference will be given to candidates with expressed interest in pursuing a career in education and with demonstrated experience, including volunteer activities. 

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Advanced

Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of classroom teaching assistance, but to acclimate and integrate into daily life in host communities. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Successful candidates must also be articulate speakers of English with native fluency.

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

The Commission, in coordination with the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP), will place grantees at public institutions. Placements can be made in any Mexican state approved by the U.S. Dept of State Travel Warning (see below). Applicants must be flexible regarding geographic location. Most placements will be outside of major cities, in locations ranging from remote or rural areas to small-to-medium sized cities. Details of assignments will be subject to communication between SEP, COMEXUS, and the Mexican host institution. The academic profile of the selected candidate and the host institution’s needs are important in determining the final placement.

Note: Given the range of placements, applicants may highlight a preference for primary/secondary school or higher education placement based on their professional background and career goals.

TRAVEL WARNINGS: Locations must heed the U.S. State Department Travel Warning to Mexico. Projects or affiliations located in areas where there is a U.S. travel warning advisory in effect will NOT be considered. For more information visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html


Applies to all grants: Candidates residing in Mexico in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible. 

U.S.-Mexico dual citizens are eligible to apply.

Supplementary Project

EEnglish Teaching Assistant responsibilities include a 40 hour work week, which consists of up to 25 hours per week of classroom assistance and a 15 to 20 hour supplementary project.  This supplementary activity should relate to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. Applicants should consider a project that they intend to pursue if awarded the grant. They should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location, since they will not know where they will be placed. For example, grantees may engage in specific volunteer activities, conduct research into topics or issues relative to Mexico or a combination thereof.

In the Statements of Grant Purpose, applicants should briefly describe their project plans and may address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Mexico; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement. Applicants should keep in mind that the primary activity for ETAs is in the classroom and not carrying out a project. Applicants with strong research/academic  project proposals may wish to consider the Study/Research grant program. The Commission may discuss project alternatives with the grantee when the placement is made.

Visa Requirement

Fulbrighters must have a Visa Authorization from a Mexican Consulate before entering the country on a Fulbright grant. COMEXUS will assist in a pre-authorization visa approval process for the grantees and their dependents prior to their arrival in Mexico. Within 30 days of arriving in Mexico, grantees and dependents must exchange their visas for a Tarjeta de Residente Temporal Estudiante.

Fulbrighters possessing dual U.S. and Mexican nationality are required by Mexican law to enter Mexico on their Mexican passport and will not receive said visa.

Special Considerations

Applicants should take into consideration that this Fulbright grant covers maintenance and basic living expenses, as well as one round-trip air ticket (U.S.-Mexico-U.S.). However, grantees may incur additional expenses that are not covered by the grant. It is highly recommended to begin the program with some additional savings to cover these expenses.

Semi-finalists will be invited to a Skype interview by COMEXUS in February 2018.


Dependent support is not available

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Becas Information

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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.