1 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award-Roma Student Initiative
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
The purpose of this award is to provide English language training and leadership development to the Roma student population in Hungary, who have been disadvantaged due to their poor economic situation and have suffered discrimination over the years. ETAs in the Roma Student Initiative program may also teach 1-2 courses of English or American culture at a university with an American Studies program.
Grantees are responsible for developing their own lesson plans and managing their own classrooms.
Grant will begin in September 2023 and will last through May 2024.
Grant Length: 9 months.
The Hungarian Fulbright Commission provides a 4-day orientation program in Budapest at the beginning of September, which includes basic language and intercultural competency training and sightseeing tours. Attendance at the orientation is expected.
Applications are welcome from applicants in all fields in the humanities. Preference will be given to applicants from the following fields: TEFL/applied linguistics, American literature, American history, American Studies, Folklore, Political Science, Creative Writing, Sociology, Anthropology and/or graduate students interested in international education, educational advising and community development. Previous teaching experience is highly recommended. Experience with underserved communities is an advantage. Special skills like coaching, arts and crafts, music, etc for after class activities are welcome.
Applicants should be mature, resourceful, flexible, and should be willing to engage in extracurricular activities. Social media competency encouraged.
Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include well-thought-out and feasible project proposals. Details of assignments will be subject to direct communication between selected candidates and designated institutions.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright on-line application, for Award Name, please select Roma Student Initiative Grant from the drop down menu.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Hungarian language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process. Some study of Hungarian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
The goal of the Roma Student Initiative is to work with Roma students who have already gained admission to Hungary's colleges and universities and are residents in one of the Roma Residential Colleges (for more information on Roma residential colleges please check the websites of e.g. the Jesuit Roma Residential College or the Roma Residential College of Eger) that were set up to support first generation students, often from underprivileged families. Grantees will be placed at a Roma residential college in the countryside where they will be responsible for teaching 2 or 3 courses per week. Moreover, grantees will advise Hungarian students on studying in the U.S. and participating in EducationUSA outreach activities, such as conducting outreach events or lessons and giving information about American study opportunities to high school or college students in areas with significant Roma presence. Grantees may also be asked to teach one or two university level American Studies courses and to assist the work of the American Corners in Hungary (American Corners).
Detailed information on Roma residential colleges can also be found on the Fulbright Commission's website.
- Regional City
In addition to the teaching and advising activities, if the Roma Student Initiative ETA grantee wishes to engage in an independent research or study project, they are welcome to do so. Approximately 12 hours per week will be reserved for such a project if needed.
They can also pursue activities related to their personal and educational interest such as engaging in volunteer activities, taking classes of their own interest or developing a new skill.
Grantees are responsible for finding housing, but the Hungarian Fulbright Commission and/or the host university or college will assist.
To be considered an accompanying dependent, the individual must be a spouse or a close relative (child, parent) who is financially dependent on the grantee and spends at least 80% of the grant period with the grantee abroad.
Hungary is a welcoming and safe country with rich cultural and educational traditions. The Hungarian higher education system is part of the European Higher Education Area. The country has many well-known universities with rapidly growing international connections, joint programs and many international students.
The academic year is from September to May. Semesters are typically four months in length. The second semester begins in February. Over 400 study programs in English and other languages are offered by Hungarian higher education institutions.
The Hungarian Fulbright Commission organizes an extensive orientation program for U.S. grantees. All through the grant period, grantees are regularly invited to participate in cultural enrichment programs, visits and conferences. These programs offer interesting insights into Hungarian culture, different institutions, and also foster team spirit among grantees.
The Fulbright Commission gives grantees thorough assistance in finding housing and obtaining visa/residence permit for the duration of their grant in Hungary.