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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
Mandatory
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 Affairs 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

Mandatory

All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in June or July 2019 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

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

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.  The ETA program may also include teaching and collaborating with local universities, secondary schools, civil society partners, and other education institutions needing support for English language teaching as time and circumstances permit. 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 or any major city in Area A of the West Bank, including Jericho, Ramallah, the Bethlehem area (including Bethlehem, Beit Jala, and Beit Sahour), Birzeit, Nablus, Hebron, Tul Karem or Jenin.

Grantees are advised to work with Post 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.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://jru.usconsulate.gov/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Jenny Palmer

Additional Online Resources

State Department Travel Advisory