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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.


4 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
January Start
Award Profile

The English Teaching Assitant (ETA) Program places Fulbrighters for 9 months in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. 

Grant Period
January Start

Grants begin in January with a three-day mandatory orientation session in Dili, Timor-Leste.  The school year begins in late January/early February 2023 and runs through late October/early November 2023.  ETA co-teaching duties will finish at the end of September, with the final month of the grant period spent carrying out English language activities at the U.S. Embassy’s American Space, ‘UmaAmerika’. This is an American-style research and cultural center that provides information about American education, organizes cultural and information programs about the United States, and supports the study and teaching of English.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in the summer of 2022 as a condition of their grant.

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be mature and articulate individuals who are prepared to operate in a challenging environment with living standards that are not as high as those in the U.S. or those in the major cities of Southeast Asia. Applicants must be willing to take on either an urban (Dili) or rural (Gleno) placement.  Candidates must be fluent English-speakers and need to be self-motivated, resourceful, flexible, independent, and outgoing, and prepared to manage with limited resources. 

Bachelor's or Master’s degrees with a focus on English, American Studies, or Education are preferred.

Prior teaching or tutoring experience will be helpful, and experience working with ESL/EFL learners is preferred.

Candidates should have an interest in teaching conversational English at university level.

Living standards are not as high as those in the U.S. or other cities of Southeast Asia, so candidates should exhibit the ability to adapt and be flexible.

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels
Supplementary Project
Not Permitted

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 Timor-Leste and what the applicant will bring to the classroom experience.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Additional Information: 

Depending on the availability of funds and the number of ETAs in country, the U.S. Embassy will pay for introductory Tetum courses for ETAs.  In line with the program's objectives, English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are expected to speak only English in their assigned schools.

Housing Arrangements

Accommodations will be made with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy. Grantees should expect simple but adequate accommodation which may not be of U.S. standards. 

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees will be placed in a university or vocational training school setting and work with English teachers to provide conversational English and/or integrate English language courses.  A brief description of preference can be highlighted in the statement of purpose.  University placement will be in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste.  Vocational training school placement may be in Dili or Gleno, located approximately 90 minutes from the capital.  Grantees will serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, reading, writing, and American cultural topics.  Schools in Timor-Leste are very crowded and lack conveniences such as air conditioning, hot water, gyms, and Western food.  ETAs will have access to internet connectivity via mobile WiFi routers available for purchase in Timor-Leste.  Candidates must be willing to adapt to local living conditions.


Dual citizens of this country are not 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 Dili may be contacted for interviews via Skype or phone.

Nature of Assignment

Approximately 30 hours per week will be spent in the classroom assisting English teachers and conducting English language activities.  An additional 5-10 hours will be devoted to participating in or leading school-related activities, clubs, teams, etc. Applications should highlight the applicant’s talents/experience in coaching sports, music, theatre, art, and other skills that could be useful for engaging students both in and out of the classroom.

Special Considerations

Local attitudes toward gender, race, and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and candidates should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences in their communities with maturity and diplomacy.

Dependent support is not available
Placement Locations

Capital City

ETAs may be placed in the capital city or in rural areas and need to be prepared to adapt to local customs.

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