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Malta


2 English Teaching Assistant Award

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

Grantees will assist permanent teaching staff at the University of Malta and at Maltese and Gozitan middle schools – most grantees work with middle school students ages 9 to 12.  The Fulbright ETA Program aims to strengthen English language and English/American studies instruction at Maltese educational institutions by providing a fluent-speaker presence in the classroom, between 12 and 16 teaching hours per week.  The ETA program placement and schedule may vary from one academic year to the next.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
September Start

ETAs arrive in mid-September 2024 to participate in the teachers’ meetings, which are held prior to the commencement of the academic year. Grants conclude in mid-June 2025.

Grant Length: 9 months.

Orientation
Pre-Departure Orientation

ETAs should plan to attend the pre-departure orientation organized by the U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program.   ETAs should also plan to participate in a pre-departure orientation with U.S. Embassy staff.  

Candidate Profile

Preference will be given to applicants already possessing a bachelor's degree at the time of application, with the initiative, maturity, and self-reliance needed to assist in teaching English language and American studies to Maltese students in university and middle school environments. Master’s-level candidates and applicants with teaching experience are encouraged to apply.

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

Applicants may have connections to Malta and may have visited the islands on short-term exchanges or for tourism purposes.  

Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Special Application Instructions

ETAs must have a visa to travel to Malta. They must contact the Embassy of Malta in Washington, D.C., several months before their program in Malta commences to start the visa application process. 

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Additional Information: Maltese language proficiency is not required. Some study of Maltese prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community.  English is one of Malta's official languages.  

Placement Type
  • Middle School
  • Secondary School
  • University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees will assist permanent teaching staff at the University of Malta and at local grade schools. In 2023-2024, Post will assign ETAs to either work full time in schools on the mainland island of Malta or the sister island of Gozo, which is accessible by ferry. Not many international educators visit Gozo, and Gozitan teachers and students must travel to Malta to participate in international conferences or workshops. Post is committed to working with the schools in Gozo to bridge the gap and ensure that the Gozitan students have the opportunity to benefit from the ETA program and from contact with U.S. teaching assistants, and the ETAs will likewise benefit from interacting with the less-accessed schools, teachers, and students in Gozo. Details of assignments will be subject to communication between the U.S. Embassy, Malta’s Ministry of Education, and the University of Malta. The Fulbright ETA Program aims to strengthen English language and English/American studies instruction at Maltese educational institutions by providing a fluent-speaker presence in the classroom, between 12 and 16 teaching hours per week. The ETA program placement and schedule may vary from one academic year to the next.

In addition to their English Teaching Assistant activities, grantees may enroll in academic courses each semester, if the assignment permits such activity, or engage in independent research related to their fields of study. These activities, combined with the Teaching Assistant responsibilities, will comprise a full-time program. Each host institution will tailor the assistantship to its language teaching needs, and the grantee’s background and academic interests. 

Placement Locations
  • Regional City

Each ETA will be placed in one or two schools that are located in the towns/villages in Malta and Gozo. The U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Education and the University of Malta determine the location of ETA assignments.  

Supplementary Project
Optional

ETAs will also have the opportunity to perform volunteer work in addition to regular teaching duties. Some volunteer options include working with young Maltese children outside school hours and volunteering with local NGOs engaged in teaching English to third-country refugees and asylum seekers resident in Malta. ETAs may volunteer in other sectors, including the environment, sports, and culture.  These volunteer activities will be secondary to the primary activity of assistant teaching.

Dependents
Dependent financial support is NOT available
Housing Arrangements

ETAs must make their own arrangements for housing.  

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
U.S. Embassy: usembmalta@state.gov
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