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U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants 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.

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6 English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
10 Months
Award Type
English Teaching Assistant
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States. 

Prior teaching experience is not required but helpful.  It’s important to note that ETAs are not full‐fledged professors, the program is a professional development opportunity for them to advance their teaching skills and have a positive experience in the host country.  There will be additional responsibilities of teaching in the U.S. Embassy American Center and the U.S. funded English Access Microscholarship Program.


Grant Length
10 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

All grantees are required to begin their 10 month grants in early December 2024 in order to attend the in-country orientation program. English Teaching Assistants will be placed at their host institutions from December 2024 through October 2025 to meet the Cambodian school year requirements.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

ETAs are required to fully participate in the Pre-Departure Orientation organized by ECA and IIE in the summer as well as an in-person orientation upon arrival.

Candidate Profile

Self-motivation, flexibility, creativity and autonomy are keys to a successful project. While ETAs are supported by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, they are expected to problem-solve and operate independently to the extent that they can. ETAs are also expected to be cultural ambassadors and promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and Cambodia. ETAs must be willing to learn and respect new cultures and are expected to demonstrate high levels of professionalism. 

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
9 Months
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Special Application Instructions

Semi-finalists may be contacted for a Skype interview.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required
Placement Type
  • Secondary School

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh will arrange placement of ETAs at public secondary schools. Host institutions will have basic facilities such as chalkboard/whiteboard, tables/chairs, and may not have air-conditioning, fans or electricity.

Placement Locations
  • Capital City
  • Regional City

Most ETAs will be placed in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.  Although the official language is Khmer, the Cambodian youth are thirsty for knowledge and see English as the language of opportunity for success in higher education and future employment.  The Cambodians are friendly and welcoming and eager to share their traditions, culture and food with visitors.  With 75% of the population below the age of 35, there will be many opportunities to exchange ideas on environmental issues, human rights, and gender equality. 

Supplementary Project
Not Permitted

No research or independent study is required. English Teaching Assistantships are not study/research awards and teaching takes most of the grantees' time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Cambodia, what they bring to the classroom, and how to make it a memorable cultural experience.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Housing Arrangements

PAS at the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia will also assist with housing arrangements. Housing situations will vary from one location to another, but will meet the basic needs. Air-conditioning and fridges may be available. In most places, there are no modern grocery stores, gym, or modern medical facilities. Driving motorbike in Cambodia is extremely dangerous and therefore not recommended.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website