2 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length10 Months
The Fulbright ETA program in Montenegro provides invaluable first-hand exposure to fluent English speakers, significantly helping to improve English language learning while also providing an avenue for cultural exchange. ETAs are usually placed at the University of Montenegro in Niksic and a leading high school in the capital of Podgorica. At the university, ETAs provide support for English language teaching instruction to English language majors studying to become English language teachers and interpreters. This placement includes independent teaching of communication and academic writing workshops. At the high school level, ETAs help Montenegrin teachers teach their subjects (e.g., mathematics, biology, physics, history) in English, as part of specialized bilingual programs (co-teaching assignment). For the last two years, we have also had a third ETA placed at the two private universities, the University of Donja Gorica and Mediteran, half-time at each, providing support for English language majors. This placement includes independent teaching of communication and academic writing workshops.
The grant period is 10 months, or two semesters. The event is organized by IIE, virtual or in-person.
The school year may vary, but candidates should expect to begin teaching in September and to conclude the exam period at the end of June.
All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant.
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica will provide in-country orientation upon arrival (assistance with in-country registration, security brief, etc).
Well-rounded, articulate, self-driven candidates at all degree levels with an interest in international education and the initiative to teach conversational English at secondary school and university levels will be considered. Undergraduate and master degrees in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on English, American Studies and Education, are preferred. Degrees in biology, mathematics, physics or history, with an interest in teaching these subjects in English to high school students are also welcome. Successful candidates will not just be teaching English, but also sharing about the United States culture, and explaining the U.S. educational system to local citizens who have little contextual understanding of the U.S. Previous teaching experience is highly appreciated. Applicants must be fluent English-speakers.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Montenegrin language proficiency is not required but can be helpful. Some study of Montenegrin prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community.
- Secondary School
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
Grantees will be based at either universities or high schools. Grantees will either teach independently, or in coordination with an experienced English instructor, and will serve as a resource for classes and units focusing on conversation, vocabulary, reading, writing, academic writing and culture in the United States. Candidates must be prepared to take the initiative to develop and implement a curriculum with little to no guidance. Grantees will be expected to be able to work both independently and co-teach, depending on their placement. Course prep time and classroom may vary depending on placement type, but ETAs should expect to be engaged in ETA grant responsibilities for approximately 20 hours per week.
- Capital City
- Regional City
- Podgorica (capital)
- Niksic (regional)
Grantees are expected to engage in supplementary projects related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests for 2-3 hours per week. This may be an independent study/research project or other activity that will not conflict with assigned teaching and advising responsibilities. Applicants should include a brief description of their supplementary projects in their Statements of Grant Purpose. Grantees are also asked to design and/or participate in activities at the three American Corners in Montenegro (For more information, visit: https://me.usembassy.gov/education-culture/american-spaces/). Grantees are strongly encouraged to become involved with educational advising and outreach conducted through the EducationUSA Center, which is housed within the American Corner in Podgorica (For more information, visit: https://educationusa.state.gov/centers/educationusa-montenegro). Grantees are also encouraged to become involved in initiatives organized by the State Department’s Regional English Language Office, based in Belgrade: https://www.facebook.com/RELOBelgrade/, in addition to activities of the English Language Teachers Association of Montenegro which are carried out with State Department support: http://www.eltam.me/ .
Grantees will be expected to arrange their own accommodation, as the Embassy is unable to provide assistance.