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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.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

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 Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants 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

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 Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


7 English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Grant Period
October Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
English Teaching Assistant
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Italian high schools in the South of Italy by establishing a native-speaker presence to provide part-time assistance for 16 teaching hours per week to permanent teaching staff. English Teaching Assistants work to improve Italian students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States culture. At the same time, they are integrated into the host community and gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction. Each host institution will tailor the assistantship to its language teaching needs and the grantee’s background, academic interests, and abilities, and will place the ETA under the supervision of a teacher-tutor. Teaching assistant activities may include: serving as resource persons in conversation groups; providing small group tutorials; serving as attendants in language laboratories; and giving talks related to American studies in English classes or civic/school organizations.

Considering the socio-economic differences between the North and South of Italy (the South has a GDP approximately 50% lower than the GDP in the North of Italy), for more than a century the development of the South of Italy has been a national priority (Italian National Institute of Statistics To maximize the impact of the ETA Program, ETAs are placed in underserved and not easily accessible communities in the South.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
October Start

Grants will begin on October 1, 2025, and end June 30, 2026. (Dates to be confirmed).


In-Country Orientation

Fulbright grantees will be required to participate in a two-to-three-day orientation program organized by the Fulbright Commission in early October.

An online pre-departure orientation will be offered approximately two months before departure.

Candidate Profile

Strong preference will be given to applicants already possessing a Bachelor's degree at the time of application.

Master's-level candidates are also encouraged to apply.

Ideal candidates must demonstrate the initiative, maturity, self-reliance, and flexibility needed to assist in teaching the English language and American culture to Italian high school students with low English knowledge and to interact with the tutors and language teachers they assist. 

ETAs must be able to adapt to living in insular and underserved areas often very distant from universities and city life, with small, sometimes non-existent international communities, few peers, and difficulties in traveling between communities even within the same area. They should be curious, open-minded, and willing to experience the cultural challenges of a different culture with profoundly different customs and traditions.

Previous teaching experience and/or study abroad experience in Italy is not necessary. Importance will be given to previous experience volunteering abroad or at home.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Information about Italy and life in Italy can be found on the following websites: and

Additionally, please watch these videos from two alums about their experience as English Teaching Assistants in Southern Italy:

Jake DeCarli: 

Chazlee Myers:

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
12 Months
Dual citizens of this country are eligible

According to Italian laws and policies, dual nationals are eligible to apply. However, candidates with significant experience in Italy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates who have resided in Italy during the year preceding the grant might be considered ineligible depending on the length of the period and reasons.

Candidates who are in Italy with a study or work visa during the 12 months prior to the competition deadline, who reside in Italy at the time of the deadline, or who will travel to Italy with a study or work visa during the selection process and the awarding phase are not eligible to participate in the program, with the following exceptions: those who are in Italy on a tourist visa and those who are on a study visa for a summer or one-semester U.S. university study abroad program are eligible to apply.

Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Italian language proficiency is not a requirement, but is strongly recommended. On the Fulbright Application, applicants should include the Language Self-Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor in relation to their language proficiency.

Placement Type
  • Secondary School
  • Vocational/Technical School

Grantees will be placed in Italian high schools, providing part-time assistance (16 teaching hours per week) to permanent teaching staff. All high schools will be located in cities or mid-sized/small towns in Southern Italy.

The age group of students will range approximately from 14 to 18. Most of the students are typically from underserved populations, and will not go on to study at the university level. Most of the ETAs will be placed at vocational schools that are intended to prepare students for a professional vocational career after graduation. Their level of English is low. 

Placement and details of teaching duties will be communicated after selection. Cities and schools rotate every year, therefore ETAs should expect to learn about their role along with the schools as it is the first time that schools host an ETA.

Placement Locations
  • Regional City
  • Rural
Supplementary Project

Community engagement will be possible although local offers might be limited. Grantees may volunteer at school afternoon activities, create their extra-curricular activities and events, and/or engage in volunteer work with community-based organizations if present on the territory.

ETAs may also enroll in academic courses, if the regional assignment permits such activity, or engage in independent research related to their fields of study provided that their place of affiliation is located not far from a university.

These activities, combined with the Teaching Assistant responsibilities, will comprise a full-time program.

Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
  • English language teaching preparatory course
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

1300 (approx $1,408) monthly stipend amount in
€ [Euro]

The award provides a maintenance allowance of Euro 11.700 (approx. $12,672) for 9 months as well as an international travel allowance of Euro 1.100 (approx. $1,187) to cover the costs of a round-trip ticket. Please note that allowances are disbursed in Euro currency and that equivalent dollar amounts are approximate and may change depending on exchange rate fluctuations. 

The total maintenance allowance is disbursed in four installments: 1° upon arrival in Italy, 2° mid-November, 3° end of February, and 4° upon return to the United States.

Candidates who are also planning to apply for funds from other sources, or will receive financial assistance from their U.S. institution while in Italy, must contact the Commission to inquire whether these funds can be cumulated with the Fulbright award. 

Additional Grant Benefits

Fulbright Annual Meeting: Each June, the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission hosts a meeting where U.S. grantees returning to the States after their grant and Italian grantees departing to begin their grant meet, interact, network, and often start relationships that continue in the United States.  The Meeting - a celebration of the Fulbright experience- is held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the United States.  Italian alumni are also invited to participate in the day's activities.  

Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

As a rule, large cities in the North and the Center of Italy are more expensive, while living in the South is less costly, even in larger cities. An average monthly budget for two persons could range between €1.400-€2.500 ($1,533-$2,737 approx.). Rent is usually the major expense, ranging between €600-€1.500 ($657-$1,642 approx.). Individuals’ lifestyles, and choosing to live downtown versus on the outskirts of a city, can make a difference. 

The following websites could help navigate the costs of living in Italy. While none of them is sponsored by official institutions, the information is provided mostly by international visitors themselves and expats.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Housing Arrangements

Grantees are expected to find their own housing, but based on past years’ experience, they are likely to receive assistance from their tutors.

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

ETAs must enter Italy on a study visa covering the authorized length of the grant. ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

The possibility to stay for longer periods is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law. Italian embassy and consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining to visa issues. 

Basic information about visas and their application process is available at

Grantees must apply for a Study Visa (D) at the Italian Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction in the State where they reside. The Commission will support their application with a letter that will be sent to grantees after they have signed the official grant authorization but will not be able to assist grantees in their application procedures. 

Due to restrictions in the Italian Immigration Law, there are potential challenges related to the duration of the grantee's stay in Italy.  The requested duration of the grantee's stay in Italy should not be much longer than the official grant period.  In case of significant discrepancy (more than 30 days overall), the Consulate may reject the grantee's visa request.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Barbara Pizzella:
Chiara Petrilli: