140 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length10 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program (ETA) in Germany aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Germany by the assignment of grantees in the teaching of the English language and American studies at all types of German schools.
Fulbright Germany strives to embed Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) in all aspects of its work. Applications are open to all individuals regardless of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. Fulbright Germany seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented communities in its programs, activities and partnerships, and staffing and operations.
In keeping with the commitment of the Fulbright Program to DEIA, the ETA program also seeks to broaden students’ understanding of DEIA and to encourage the development of new perspectives and critical thinking. The responsibilities of all English Teaching Assistants therefore may include designing and teaching units on these topics in consultation with the respective host school English teachers. The Fulbright Germany Diversity Liaison provides support and guidance, for example, through educational toolkits, DEIA workshops during the In-Country Orientation, and regular office hours throughout the grant period. English Teaching Assistants cooperate closely with a German teacher of English at their host school.
The ETA program in Germany offers a unique opportunity for English Teaching Assistants to advance their teaching skills and engage in their German communities. They are placed in large and small communities, in cities and rural areas.
In this program, Fulbright Germany cooperates with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst in Bonn (PAD) and the 16 Bundesländer in Germany.
Please refer to the Fulbright Germany website for detailed information on the grant benefits.
September 2024 to the end of June 2025.
Grantees will participate in an online pre-departure orientation meeting and also participate in an in-country in-person orientation meeting held by Fulbright Germany.
We welcome well-rounded, adaptable, proactive and communicative individuals with the skills and motivation needed to assist in teaching the English language and American studies to German students at all pre-university levels. The program is especially suited for students of German (e.g., German studies/literature/history) - and/or students who have English or German teaching experience. Applicants from other academic fields will be considered if they have adequate German proficiency.
In accordance with the standards of the Fulbright Program, we seek applicants who, through their personality and commitment, actively contribute to the diverse academic, cultural, and democracy-promoting exchange between Germany and the USA. Resilience, initiative, independence, as well as team spirit are essential to negotiate cultural differences and to respond to personal and professional challenges that arise on a day-to-day basis, including navigating the German housing market and bureaucracy.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: At least 2 years of college-level study of German, or the equivalent, is required prior to commencing the grant.
Even though the language of instruction will usually be English, intermediate to advanced German skills are essential for communication outside the classroom, be it with other teachers, parents, or school administrators, as well as other host community members that are not related to the host school.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- Secondary School
- Vocational/Technical School
- Other Educational/Community Institution
Grantees will be placed as Teaching Assistants in English classes in a variety of German schools. These may also include school types such as Berufskolleg/Berufschulen, Haupt- and Realschulen, Fachhochschulen, Montessori Grund- and Oberschulen, and Gemeindeschulen.
Teaching Assistants help English teachers in the classroom 12 hours per week. The assignment may include team-teaching a lesson with an English teacher, discussing a topic from the textbook with a small group of students, engaging in one-on-one conversation practice with students, helping all or part of a class review for a test, or designing and teaching a unit on an aspect of U.S. culture or a current event. Activities will vary depending upon the needs of the students and teachers. The assignment may also include week-long class trips or short excursions.
- Capital City
- Regional City
Placements are available in all three settings: the capital city, regional cities, and rural locations. In the Host City/Region question at the beginning of the Fulbright application and the Statement of Grant Purpose, applicants may indicate up to 3 German states/Bundesländer where they would prefer to be placed. However, candidates should be aware that they may still be placed in a different state or location than those of their preference.
Grantees are encouraged to engage in community activities according to the Fulbright mission. Engagement opportunities may depend on the geographic location and local partner organizations.
Applicants are responsible for their own housing arrangements and costs.