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35 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

Since 2004, AMINEF, the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia, has placed American Fulbrighters in high school classrooms in Indonesia to provide assistance to local English teachers through the US Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program. 

Indonesia is a great place to be an ETA. The world’s most populous Muslim democratic country, Indonesia is a diverse and multi-ethnic society. A nation of around 17,000 islands, it is home to more than 300 ethnic groups, who speak over 700 different local languages. Indonesia is a dynamic country with a rapidly growing economy and it is gaining momentum on the international stage. ETAs will enjoy the extraordinary natural beauty of the country in addition to experiencing first-hand its stunning cultural riches. ETAs are mostly placed in rural areas and can get a sense too of the needs and aspirations of citizens of a developing country. For many Indonesian students and teachers where ETAs are placed, their previous interactions with Americans are minimal, and they know the US mainly from Hollywood movies and the local media. Thus, meeting and interacting daily with an American gives them an opportunity to get to know Americans first-hand. ETAs play an essential role as cultural ambassadors for the US in Indonesia, therefore.

Indonesians are well known as open, friendly, and hospitable, and ETAs in Indonesia inevitably talk of their experiences as ETAs there as transformative and life-changing.

There are many things to adapt to, and a posting as an ETA in Indonesia requires tolerance, patience, and maturity. But for the right person, it is an excellent choice.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant period is normally from July to May. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidates must be mature, articulate, resourceful, motivated, flexible, have relevant teaching experience and be committed to working in an instructional setting with Indonesian high school students. Candidates with degrees in Education, English, and TESOL/TEFL are given preference, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply.

Candidates must be native English-speakers. ETAs are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism and respect towards people in their host schools, community and Fulbright Commission. As cultural ambassadors, ETAs are also encouraged to share aspects of American culture with their schools.

Candidates must be able to adapt and thrive within a variety of intensive cultural environments including the challenges of living in a less comfortable setting. Candidates must be willing and able to physically and mentally adjust to work in the Indonesian cultural context and the Indonesian educational system. Candidates must be willing to take on a rural placement, as that constitutes the great majority of placements.

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Some study of Indonesian prior to arrival is recommended in order to ease transition to school and community life. The following websites may be useful:






ETAs will be provided very basic language instruction in Indonesian as part of the in-country orientation and one-on-one tutors at site, if requested.

ETAs are not eligible for the Critical Language Enhancement Award.

Placement Type

Secondary School

ETAs will typically work with Indonesian high school teachers in teaching conversational English to students at selected public and private schools, including Islamic boarding schools, throughout Indonesia, mostly in remote areas.

Approximately 20-25 hours per week of classroom teaching alongside local English teachers, plus requisite class preparation time and school-related activities, will be required. ETAs also spend up to 10 hours per week leading extracurricular activities at their host schools.

ETAs are also expected to engage in activities in the communities where they live, for which small amounts of funding will also be available.


Applicants currently residing in Indonesia (or those who will be living there during the 2018-2019 academic year) are not eligible.

Special Application Instructions

Upon receipt of the Fulbright award, all English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) will be expected to complete a 120-hour online TESOL/TEFL course designated by AMINEF. Those already holding TESOL/TEFL certificates or having Master degrees in TESOL/TEFL are not required to complete the course.

Health Disclosure and Eligibility

In compliance with the Indonesian government regulations regarding health and assignment in the schools, all candidates must indicate in their applications if they have any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English.

Strict adherence to these regulations is mandatory.  Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant.  Candidates must include Medical Disclosures for applicable medical conditions in separate forms provided by IIE and AMIINEF after selected as Fulbright grantees.

Indonesian government requires medical proof of the following: 

1. Negative HIV/AIDS test result

2. Negative drug test result

In addition, candidates must also disclose the following condidtions: 

1. Conditions worsened by stress such as: Epilepsy, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, etc.

2. Severe food allergies including, but not limited to: nuts, shellfish, beans. 


Housing arrangements are made by the schools where ETAs will be placed, subject to approval by AMINEF. Most ETA sites are in remote, rural areas which tend to be more conservative, and ETAs must be prepared to adapt to local customs, conditions and norms. Housing situations vary greatly from site to site. Many placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning, hot water, gyms, and Western groceries. Internet connectivity speeds will vary by location. This requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptability on the part of the ETAs.


The primary activity of this program is assisting in teaching English as a foreign language. Because of visa and permit restrictions, it is not possible for ETAs in Indonesia to undertake independent research or work with non-governmental organizations. However, ETAs are encouraged to seek opportunities for cultural enrichment, including community service, to enhance their overall Fulbright experience as cultural ambassadors.

Note on authorized leave time: An accepted grantee's first responsibility is to the Indonesian host schools. There will be a period in semester break when the ETAs will have leave time. The use of leave time outside semester break may not be possible. Candidates should not apply for or accept this award unless they are able to commit to this academic schedule.

Using leave time prior to completion of the local permit process is not allowed, due to Indonesian immigration regulations.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

American Program, AMINEF