15 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFall Start
Teaching Assistantships are for 12 months (including a four-week orientation in Bangkok).
12 months. All English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are required to begin their grants in late September 2022 in order to attend the in-country orientation in Bangkok. Grantees start from the second semester in Thailand and proceed to the first semester of the subsequent academic year. During Thai summer school vacation, grantees are assigned to internships and may be engaged in English camps, outreach or other related community activities.
The four-week orientation will be held right after arrival in Bangkok. The orientation programs covers intensive basic Thai language study, ESL teaching techniques, Thai cultural issues, and practical teaching.
Candidates must be articulate fluent English-speakers. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the necessary initiative to teach conversational English at elementary, middle and high school levls for an average class size of up to 35-45 students with a tradition of rote learning. Moreover, 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 Thai cultural context and the Thai educational system.
Candidates need to be self-motivated, adventurous, flexible, and independent. Candidates from all majors are welcomed but those with Education/English majors who possess prior teaching experience are preferred. As cultural ambassadors, ETAs are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism and share aspects of American culture with their schools.
ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Thai language proficiency is not required, but, some self-study of Thai prior to arrival is recommended in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community. ETAs will be provided basic Thai language as part of the in-country orientation.
Housing arrangements are made by the host schools and with approval by TUSEF. Housing situations vary from site to site, and this requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptation on the part of the ETAs.
* Riding Motorbike Policy: For safety reasons, TUSEF does not condone ETAs riding or owning a motorbike.
Grantees will teach at either the elementary/middle or middle/high school level, depending on the placement. ETAs will be assigned to public schools in cities and towns in the north, south, east, and northeast of Thailand. ETAs are not assigned to schools in Bangkok.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
In case of holding a dual citizenship, an awardee has to enter Thailand as an American citizen, using an American passport.
Health Disclosure & Eligibility
In compliance with the Thai 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 TUSEF 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 Thailand. Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant.
Individuals with the following conditions cannot be placed in Thai 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, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, schizophrenia, etc.
- Severe food allergies including, but not limited to: nuts, shellfish, beans
Nature of Assignment
All placements will be made by the Thailand-U.S. Educational Foundation (TUSEF). Approximately 16-18 hours per week of classroom teaching, plus class preparation time and school-related activities are required. A combination of co-teaching and independent teaching will vary from school to school and will depend on the school's situation as well as the ETAs backgrounds and qualifications. ETAs will be supervised by English teachers at the host schools.
In order to help the ETAs better prepare for assignment in Thailand, selected candidates who do not have TEFL/TESOL certificates may be required to take online course(s) for TESOL prior coming to Thailand to take up the grant. More details on this matter will be provided in the grant documents.
English Teaching Assistant grants are not study/research awards and teaching takes up most of the grantee's time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on the reasons why the applicant seeks the cultural experience of teaching English in Thailand and what the candidate will bring to the classroom.