Bosnia & Herzegovina
2 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length9 Months
The U.S. Embassy plans to approve a minimum of two English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants to students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Fulbright ETAs serve as cultural ambassadors and native speakers in the classroom. Fulbright ETA responsibilities may include planning and conducting conversational classroom activities, giving presentations on different topics related to the United States (culture, society, and history), leading language labs and language table discussions, acting as a resource person both at the host institution and in the community, coordinating extra-curricular activities, and conducting English conversation clubs at host institution and respective American Corners.
Grants will begin in October 2023.
Grant Length - 9 months.
A Pre-Departure Orientation will take place in either June or July 2023.
Upon arrival, Public Affairs Section Sarajevo will also hold a one-day in-country orientation for grantees.
Applications are accepted from candidates at all degree levels, but preference is given to graduate students who are interested in international education and educational advising. Preference will also be given to applicants in the fields of education and English, as well as the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus in American studies. Previous teaching experience is recommended. Applicants must be fluent English speakers.
Candidates are expected to be extremely adaptable and flexible. Living conditions and infrastructure in Bosnia and Herzegovina are improving. However, grantees should recognize that the country is still undergoing significant changes and transitions, and that medical care and other services are not up to U.S. or Western standards.
Candidates should be highly motivated and demonstrate excellence through academic record, leadership potential, and qualifying educational and professional experiences. They are expected to serve as responsible representatives of their home country, to successfully undertake the Fulbright ETA fellowship, and to adjust to life in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Candidates are encouraged to submit a thoughtful, well written, concise, and compelling application that illustrates qualifications, leadership, impact potential, and preparedness for English Teaching Assistantship in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language proficiency is not required, but helpful. Some study of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community. Students may be provided with funding to cover language instruction during their grant period.
- Secondary School
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
Fulbright ETAs are advised to be flexible regarding the geographic location of their potential placement. In Bosnia and Herzegovina placements are provided for and secured by the Embassy with partnering Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo and Faculty of Philology, University of Banja Luka. If they experience any problems, Fulbright ETAs must alert their point of contact at the Embassy accordingly. All discussions and feedback about the Fulbright ETA placement should start with the Embassy.
- Capital City
- Regional City
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant responsibilities should be no more than 20 hours per week. In the remaining time, Fulbright ETAs are expected to engage in other activities. This varies and Fulbright ETAs are encouraged to discuss options and limitations with the Embassy. Activities may include pursuing a course of study, conducting research into topics or issues relevant to the region, engaging in specific volunteer activities, or a combination of these. In all cases, the primary activity of the Fulbright ETAs is to provide native language assistance to the host local institution. Through the Fulbright ETA Program, foreign teachers and students develop English communication skills they need to participate in the global economy and to improve their access to diverse perspectives on a broad variety of issues.
Host institutions delegate a point of contact to assist ETAs in identifying housing arrangements.
U.S. grantees, as well as all accompanying dependents, regardless of age, must register with the local police within 24 hours of receiving an entry stamp at a border crossing or airport, and must apply for temporary residence status as soon as possible and within three to four weeks of arrival in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Embassy provides assistance with the process, but the grantee himself/herself and the host institution point of contact are responsible for sponsoring the grantee for the residence permit.