6 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright Commission in Brussels offers 6 English Teaching Assistant Awards to Belgium per year. Assistants teach approximately 12 hours per week; activities vary depending on the needs of the students and host institution teachers. Assistants may be able to enroll in limited courses, including language courses, upon agreement with the host institution on arrival.
Grants will follow the academic calendar, beginning in mid-September 2023 and concluding in mid-June 2024.
Prior to departure from the U.S., the Fulbright Commission will organize a virtual pre-departure orientation for Fulbright grantees to Belgium and Luxembourg. Grantees will be required to attend an in-country orientation with the Fulbright Commission in Brussels upon arrival in September. For Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, the orientation includes an ETA Training Day focused on teaching skills and cultural differences.
Candidates to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program should be well-rounded, articulate individuals with the skills and motivation needed to assist in teaching American studies and English language to Belgian students at the pre-university and/or university level. Students with an academic background or professional experience in a related field (e.g., literature, linguistics) should make sure to state this in their applications. Applications from candidates holding Bachelor's or Master's degrees in any field will be accepted, but preference may be given to students with prior teaching experience.
English Teaching Assistants are expected to serve as cultural ambassadors to Belgium, and preference is given to candidates who demonstrate the initiative to integrate cultural events into their lesson plans and who will continue to promote U.S.-Belgian relations upon their return to the United States. Previous teaching experience is welcome.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Foreign language proficiency is not required, but preference may be given to applicants with some level of proficiency in one of Belgium's three official languages (French, Dutch, and German). There is no guarantee that grantees with prior academic study of French will be placed in a Francophone institution or that grantees with prior academic study of Dutch will be placed in a Dutch-speaking institution. Upon selection, some study of the local language prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community.
- Secondary School
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
- Other Educational/Community Institution
Host institutions in Belgium include secondary schools and community institutions (located primarily in bilingual Brussels) and universities and university colleges (located throughout Belgium). The Fulbright Commission will place selected grantees in a host institution based on the candidate's academic profile and stated interests as well as the preferences of the partner institution.
Placement types may vary from year to year, based on partnerships with local host institutions. Candidates are encouraged to visit the website of the Fulbright Commission to learn more about the program and to read blog posts from previous Fulbright grantees.
- Capital City
- Regional City
Teaching assistant placements may vary from year to year, based on partnerships with local host institutions. Past participants have been based in the capital city of Brussels as well as in other regional cities in Flanders and Wallonia. Destinations for Fulbright ETAs in recent years include the cities of Antwerp, Ghent, Kortrijk, Louvain-la-Neuve, Mechelen, and Namur.
There is no guarantee that grantees with prior academic study of French will be placed in a Francophone institution or that grantees with prior academic study of Dutch will be placed in a Dutch-speaking institution.
In addition to their work inside the classroom, grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. These may include an extracurricular club for students or an independent study/research project or other activity that will complement, but not conflict with, assigned teaching and advising responsibilities. Applicants should include a brief description of their supplementary projects in their statements of grant purpose.
Fulbright grantees are responsible for arranging their own housing in Belgium. Most Fulbright grantees choose to live in affordable shared accommodation with graduate students or young professionals. The Fulbright Commission will provide grantees with advice and a list of resources prior to arrival; additional support in finding housing may be provided by the grantee's host institution.