Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

The academic year begins in September/October and ends in May/June. A mandatory in-country group orientation will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Kigali.

Pre-Departure Orientation


As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2019.

Candidate Profile

Graduating seniors or graduate students with an undergraduate degree in English or Education who are considering careers in English, Education, or TEFL/applied linguistics and who have experience teaching or tutoring will be considered. Other fields will be considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Candidates with an interest in African languages, culture, and history are also encouraged to apply.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

English is sufficient. A knowledge of French or Kinyarwanda is helpful.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Placement will be made by the U.S. Embassy at the technical colleges, university undergraduate or graduate level in Rwanda, and other educational institutions.

Nature of Assignment

Approximately 20 hours per week assisting university professors in their classrooms, plus requisite class preparation time and school-related activities, will be required. ETAs may assist with: developing communication modules, training academic and administrative staff, and assisting lecturers with their research, lesson plans, and course presentations to improve the English academic reading and writing skills of university undergraduates for whom English is both a second language and the medium of instruction at school. ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but may be asked to be responsible for teaching entire courses.


The U.S. Embassy will work with host institutions to assist ETAs in identifying and securing housing.

Visas and Work Permits

Information on visas and work permits is available on the website linked here.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

U.S. Embassy Kigali, Public Affairs Section

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.