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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar 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 the 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. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.


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15 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

Since 2006, Kazakhstan has hosted over 60 American students as part of the Fulbright Program, the flagship international exchange program of the U.S. Government. As unofficial cultural ambassadors, these grantees live and teach English in cities and villages throughout Kazakhstan. Through their exchange, these Americans form powerful and enduring people-to-people ties with Kazakhstani students, colleagues, and community members.

In January of 2018, the United States committed to assist the Government of Kazakhstan achieve its goal to establish a tri-lingual (Kazakh, Russian, and English) society by 2050. Fulbright ETAs will assist in the development of programs to improve access to English language education throughout Kazakhstan. 

Grant Period

10 Months

ETA assignments will last from early September through June in accordance with Kazakhstan’s academic year. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


Grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in June 2020 as a condition of their grant.

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from articulate and flexible graduating seniors, recent graduates or Master’s students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and the initiative to identify opportunities to improve the quality of English language teaching at the tertiary level. Seeking native English-speakers who can teach university students and share their pedagogic expertise and speaking practice with other English Language instructors. Candidates must be native English-speakers without dependents. Candidates with degrees in English, Education, TEFL/Applied Linguistics, or teaching STEAM in English are preferred, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply. Some previous teaching/tutoring experience is preferred. Russian language skills also desirable.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

ETAs will be provided with a stipend for language lessons (Russian, Kazakh, or another approved local language). 

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

ETAs will be placed at higher education institutions. 

Nature of Assignment

Orientation: Grantees will be required to participate in a mandatory an In-Country Orientation in Astana at the end of August or in early September 2020.

Placements: ETAs will be placed in cities outside the capital cities of Astana and Almaty. Previous placements have included Shymkent, Taraz, Pavlodar, Kyzylorda, Zhezkazgan, Aktau, Aktobe, Kostanay, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Karaganda, and Semey. All affiliation arrangements will be made by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. 

Host Placement Responsibilities and Expectations: ETAs will complete 20 hours per week of in-classroom assistant teaching, including all class preparation time and additional school-related activities at host institution. ETAs will generally assist in teaching conversational English with a Kazakhstani co-teacher to university students and professionals at the host institutions.

Additional Responsibilities: Under the guidance of PAS, ETAs will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and cultural activities, such as directing reading and conversation groups at an American Space, working with English Access Microscholarship Students, and assisting PAS with a variety of cultural and educational visitors. ETAs are encouraged to propose creative ideas for programming to engage students and other audiences, which should account for at least five hours of additional teaching or cultural outreach per week. 

For more information about the ETA Program in Kazakhstan, please view this recorded webinar. You can also listen to a podcast about a Fulbright Student’s experience in Kazakhstan here.

Research Clearance and Visa Information

The U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan will provide grantees with diplomatic notes to apply for Kazakh visas.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Asiyat Suleimenova