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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 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, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, 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.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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 7 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/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

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.


12 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
Fall Start
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 may be additional responsibilities of teaching in the U.S. Embassy American Center.

Grant Period
Fall Start

All grantees are required to begin their 11 month grants in early August 2022 in order to attend the in-country orientation program. English Teaching Assistants will be placed at their host institutions from September 2022 through July 2023.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

ETAs are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation organized by ECA and IIE in the summer and attend an in-person orientation in Vientiane upon arrival.

Candidate Profile

Candidates must be mature, open-minded, articulate, resourceful, initiative, motivated, flexible, collaborative and should be committed to working and living in a Lao high school or university setting. Candidates must be fluent English-speakers. Previous teaching experience is preferred.  

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels
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 Laos, what they bring to the classroom, and how to make it a memorable cultural experience.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Additional Information: All class teaching is in English. Intensive Lao language instruction will be provided during the in-country orientation program. Candidates are encouraged to indicate plans for Lao language study in their applications and to study the language during their grant terms.  

Housing Arrangements

Housing may be independently arranged or the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy can provide assistance.  

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

ETAs are placed at universities, teacher training colleges, and high schools in Vientiane, Savannakhet, Luang Prabang, and other sites.

Driving motorbikes in Laos is extremely dangerous and is therefore not permitted.


Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

Special Application Instructions

Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane may be contacted for interviews via skype or phone.

Nature of Assignment

Approximately 20 hours per week of classroom teaching at Lao host institutions, plus requisite class preparation time is expected. English Teaching Assistants will also organize language-related cross-cultural student activities. All affiliation arrangements will be made by the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane.

Dependent support is not available
Placement Locations

Capital City

ETAs will be placed in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, or Savannakhet.

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