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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

The grant dates will correspond to the academic year, beginning in early/mid-September through early/mid-June. 

There will be a mandatory in-country orientation at the beginning of the grant period.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant.

Candidate Profile

Graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative and flexibility needed to assistant-teach are encouraged to apply. Students seeking a cultural experience, who have a positive attitude to cultural differences, and who are able to work and live in an environment different from their own will be considered. Candidates must have the initiative and aptitude needed to explore new places and to involve themselves in the community.  Ideal candidates are independent, able to handle challenges, adaptable and flexible. Teaching experience is an advantage, but not required. This program is not meant for applicants with several years of teaching experience. Applicants must be native English-speakers. Applicants willing to live outside the capital city are encouraged.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Proficiency in Greek or Turkish is not required. However some study of Greek or Turkish prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community and proficiency in either language will be considered an advantage. Please be aware that the Cypriot dialect is quite different from mainland Greek and Turkish.  

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees are placed primarily at either primary or secondary schools, but placement in a local college or university is also possible. ETAs are mainly expected to teach English, but may be asked to help students in other subjects according to the educational background and interest of the ETA and the needs of the school. ETAs must be willing to be flexible in their duties. The role of an ETA is to be an assistant-teacher, and therefore, they will not replace permanent teaching staff. ETAs are also expected to offer presentations and information regarding U.S. culture, traditions and national holidays to Cypriot students.

Grantees are expected to involve themselves in other community activities or research projects in which they may be interested. It is advisable to wait until the placement in a school has been secured before plans for other activities are made. The activities of the school take priority as sometimes students are asked to participate in events outside of school hours. Teaching hours, however, will not exceed 25 hours per week. Grantees may also be asked to participate in Embassy related outreach on U.S. culture and society to the wider Cypriot public.  Grantees may also be requested to represent their alma maters at the annual U.S. university fair or assist the U.S. Embassy in other cultural/educational programs. Grantees will also be invited to attend other U.S. Embassy social events.


Candidates currently residing in Cyprus are not eligible.

Candidates with dual U.S.-Cypriot citizenship are given second priority.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Dr. Sondra Sainsbury