150 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodAugust Start
Grant Length11 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Taiwan helps to improve the teaching of the English language at Taiwan’s elementary schools, junior high schools, and universities. It aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Taiwan. English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) usually cooperate closely with a Taiwanese teacher of English and assist in the classroom, including cultural projects. ETAs also are expected to engage closely with their surrounding community. They are placed in different kinds of schools in large and small communities, in cities and rural areas, many with diverse student populations.
English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are placed full-time in one or more elementary schools, junior high schools, or universities, usually assisting local English teachers. A few may teach independently. The ETAs are in school 35 hours per week, although only about 20 hours are actually spent in the classroom. This varies by placement. Other responsibilities may include: consulting with teachers on American cultural issues and assisting in the editing or writing of educational materials for English teaching.
All ETAs are also required to have a community engagement during the grant period. ETAs share their skills, learn from others, affect the lives of others, and experience the joy of serving people from different cultures. This service work is in the assigned host community - making person-to-person connections and genuinely contributing to making their communities better. Projects are organized to help deliver services identified by local coordinators. They are expected to complete 8 hours of community service each semester to foster their engagement with the community. The activities can be varied such as storytelling in the library, assisting the club activities in the elderly home, beach cleaning, etc. They can sign up for the community service related to their own interests through their local coordinators.
Note: To assist in placement, candidates should indicate preferences in the Statement of Grant Purpose for any or all of the following: elementary schools, junior high schools, universities, rural areas, urban areas, minority areas, underprivileged areas, large city, small city, town, village, and/or island. Also for the community engagement, please describe what type of activities you enjoy, and can contribute to a project that employs your skills. Preferences are taken into consideration, but final assignments are based on the needs of the program.
Grantees are supported by local coordinators in each site and by TEFL, Bilingual Education, and Intercultural Communication advisors throughout the grant period. Grantees are required to attend a month-long orientation at the beginning of the grant period, and biweekly TEFL and cross-cultural workshops each semester, and to submit regular reports on their educational and cultural experiences.
The ETA program in Taiwan offers a unique opportunity for ETAs to advance their teaching skills and immerse themselves in the educational and cultural environment of Taiwan.
The grant period is 11 months.
All grantees must begin their grants on August 1, 2024 in order to attend a four-week pre-service training. The school year runs from September through June.
The post-arrival orientation will be held in early August.
Graduating seniors, recent graduates, and master’s degree candidates/graduates are eligible who are willing to assist local English teachers (as co-teachers) mainly in elementary schools, junior high schools, or a few high schools and universities, but some may also teach independently. Candidates must be fluent English-speakers and need to be adaptable, flexible, independent, and enjoy working with young students. Teaching experience or experience working with young students is preferred, but not required.
ALL MAJORS: Applicants from all majors are encouraged to apply. Education majors are especially appropriate.
CERTIFIED TEACHERS: Applicants with teacher certification are very welcome. Instead of co-teaching, the grantees with teaching certificates may teach independently and may participate in teaching English in non-language subjects such as math, science, music, physical education, or art.
No Letter of Affiliation is required upon application.
ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.
Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living in Taiwan during the 2023-2024 academic year) will not be considered.
A candidate who has lived outside the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application will be ineligible.
Individuals with dual U.S.-Taiwanese citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: No Chinese language skills are required. All classroom instruction is in English. Mandarin study in Taiwan is highly encouraged.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- Secondary School
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
Grantees will assist local English teachers in elementary schools or junior high schools and universities in the following areas of Taiwan: Changhua County, Hualien County, Kaohsiung City, Kinmen County, New Taipei City, Taichung City, Taitung County, Taipei City, Yilan County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Pingtung County, and Penghu County.
- Capital City
- Regional City
Learn more in each city/county in Taiwan about our Fulbright ETA Program, please visit the website at https://taiwan-etaprogram.org/locations.
No research or independent study is required. ETA awards are not study/research awards, and teaching takes most of the grantee’s time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Taiwan, how being an ETA has some relevance to what they have done so far, what they would like to do in the future, and how to make it a memorable cultural experience.
The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) makes arrangements for housing, and provides a monthly stipend for housing, food, and daily needs. Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for more financial information.
Health Disclosure & Eligibility
In compliance with the Taiwanese government regulations regarding health and assignment in the school system, candidates must include any medical disclosures for the applicable medical conditions listed below in the medical examination forms provided by IIE and FSE after being selected as Fulbright finalists. Strict adherence to these regulations is mandatory, and your grant is contingent on the ability to secure a placement in Taiwan. Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant.
Individuals with the following conditions cannot be placed in Taiwanese classrooms:
- Visual impairments (conditions that cannot be corrected by glasses/contact lenses)
- Hearing impairments above 40dB
In addition, selectees must also disclose the following conditions:
- Conditions worsened by stress such as: epilepsy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.
- Severe food allergies including, but not limited to: nuts, shellfish, beans, dairy, grains
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Additional Online Resources
Fulbright Taiwan (FSE): http://www.fulbright.org.tw
Education in Taiwan: https://www.taiwan.gov.tw/content_9.php
Learn Chinese in Taiwan: https://lmit.edu.tw/lc
List of Universities and Colleges in Taiwan: https://english.moe.gov.tw/cp-21-14441-4EC5E-1.html