Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Palestinian Territories

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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates are flexible but preferably will run September through June. The grant period begins with an orientation organized by the Public Diplomacy Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem that will include a mandatory security briefing.  ETAs are required to attend and participate in the orientation program. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in June or July 2018 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

Applications will be considered from candidates at all degree levels.  Applicants should be knowledgeable of world issues, and be articulate, resourceful, tolerant, flexible, and mature, and demonstrate the initiative, leadership, and confidence required to assist with the teaching of English in a foreign setting.  Some knowledge of the Middle East is preferred but not required.  All fields of study will be considered, but preference is given to studies related to the teaching of English, bilingual education, linguistics, area studies, or international relations.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Applicants must be articulate native English speakers.  Previous study, work, or travel experience in the Middle East and some Arabic language study/familiarity is preferred but not required.

Placement Type

Other Educational Institution

The Fulbright ETA Program in the Palestinian Territories aims to increase English language levels of local Palestinian audiences.  This program requires up to 20 hours per week of part-time English-teaching assistance at U.S. Consulate General-managed American Spaces in Ramallah and Jerusalem.  ETAs will lead English conversation and American culture classes for local community members - both youth and adults - at these spaces, including classes via digital video conferencing to engage audiences in Gaza.  ETAs will be expected to be proactive and innovative in their style of teaching in order to maintain participants’ enthusiasm and their participation in class. At the same time, ETAs will gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational and/or research opportunities.  Independent study or research, or community service that does not conflict with assigned teaching responsibilities, is encouraged.

Security Information

All American grantees in Jerusalem and the West Bank must live within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem (including East Jerusalem), or the following areas of the West Bank:

1. Ramallah

2. Bethlehem area (including Bethlehem, Beit Jala, and Beit Sahour)

3. Bir Zeit

4. Nablus

5. Jericho

Grantees are advised to find lodging in the above mentioned locations.  The location of all proposed residences must be individually reviewed by the regional security officer (RSO) of the American Consulate General in Jerusalem and approved by the Public Affairs Office.  The grantee must share contact information and a home address as soon as obtained. 

Due to security conditions, grantees are prohibited from hitch-hiking or using public buses in Israel and the West Bank.  Renting a car is allowed, as is the use of private and service taxi cabs and the light rail in Jerusalem depending on local security conditions.

Grantees must agree to refrain from or modify their travel to certain parts of the West Bank or the West Bank in its entirety, if the Consulate General Emergency Action Committee determines that such travel is unsafe.  If there are changes to the travel policy, the Public Affairs Office will coordinate notification to the grantees and notify the RSO. 

Grantees may not travel to the Gaza Strip under any conditions. 

All American grantees must initially enter Israel via Ben Gurion Airport.  All grantees must enter and exit the West Bank using their U.S. passports via checkpoints approved by the RSO.  The RSO will provide a list of these approved checkpoints that is commensurate with the local security environment.  The RSO will also provide a security briefing to review travel in and out of the West Bank.  Although the Consulate General will make every effort to assist with long-term visas, grantees and their accompanying dependents may need to renew their visas every three months.  All expenses associated with visa renewals and the exit/reentry costs associated with the renewal process are the responsibility of the grantees, in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.  Grantees must recognize the possibility that visa renewal requests may be denied.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Gina Cabrera-Farraj

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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.