10 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFall Start
Apply for an ETA Fulbright grant to Poland, a modern country with a centuries-old scholarly tradition, diverse educational opportunities, low living costs and unique location in the heart of Europe!
Awards are granted through a competition open to students and alumni of U.S. higher education institutions to co-teach and teach practical and specialized English language classes and educational advising in Polish higher education institutions or other eligible institutions indicated by the Fulbright Commission.
Poland boasts nearly 400 diverse higher education institutions. These include universities, technical, agricultural, theological and pedagogical higher education institutions, medical universities, academies of physical education as well as higher education institutions of economics, arts and maritime studies. Additionally, Poland holds fourth place in Europe (after the UK, Germany and France) in terms of the number of people enrolled in higher education. The total student population is almost one and a half million. Polish universities offer a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, with over 200 high quality programs as an integral part of the European Higher Education Area. Most universities offer courses in foreign languages in addition to standard foreign language teaching (source: ec.europa.eu/education)
Poland’s competitive higher education institutions, rich geographical diversity and cultural heritage, low living costs and easy access to other European countries make it a perfect destination for an unforgettable Fulbright experience.
Grant Length: 9 months.
Grants are expected to start in October 2022 (beginning of the academic year) and end in June 2023.
The grantee may apply for a renewal for the following academic year.
The Fulbright Commission invites all U.S. grantees for a Fulbright Commission Orientation (end of September 2022), Thanksgiving (November 2022) as well as Mid-Year (February 2023) and End-of-Year (June 2023) meetings. Attendance at these events is mandatory as they provide excellent learning, networking and bonding opportunities for the grantee cohort.
Applications are welcome from candidates in all fields and degree levels, but master and doctoral level students and graduates in the sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology, engineering, math) or humanities (e.g. linguistics and English as a foreign language (EFL)) will be given preference. This preference reflects the current English as a foreign language needs of Polish universities. Candidates may be pursuing their doctoral degree but cannot hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.
Previous teaching experience is strongly recommended. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their experience and interest in teaching.
The Fulbright Commission encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with Poland and its contemporary situation, culture, as well as educational system before applying.
Accepted Degree Levels
Research/independent study project is not required. However, grantees may be involved in other activities related to their academic and personal interests if these projects do not conflict with the assigned ETA responsibilities. Applicants should briefly describe these additional activities in their Statement of Grant Purpose.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Knowledge of the Polish language is not a formal requirement but some Polish language proficiency is recommended. Applicants are encouraged to study the Polish language prior to arrival in order to facilitate their deeper engagement with the host community during the grant period.
Housing is provided by the host institution. Grantees are accommodated on the university campus in a student dormitory or university staff house/hotel. Usually accommodation includes an individual room with a bathroom and kitchen (or with easy access to the kitchen facilities). The cost of housing is covered by the host institution.
The Fulbright Commission will place grantees in various departments at Polish universities, matching their undergraduate or graduate fields to the needs of the host institutions, to teach EFL and/or specialized English as required.
Details of assignments will be subject to direct communication between the selected candidate and the designated university department. Positions combine part-time teaching and/or assisting of up to 14 hours per week and office hours of up to 4 hours per week. Time will be also reserved for an independent study/research project.
Expected host community engagement may include conducting English conversation clubs, proofreading, tutoring, participation in sports, language or drama clubs and volunteering at local organizations.
Additional grant activities: In addition to their primary teaching activities, grantees are expected to support the Fulbright Commission and the mission of the Fulbright Program by delivering presentations, seminars, and workshops on U.S. higher education and culture. The grantee will also have the opportunity to apply for participation in seminars organized by other Fulbright Commissions in Europe (e.g. EU Seminar, Berlin Seminar).
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Polish citizens who are green card holders are not eligible to apply.
Individuals eligible to apply have not resided outside the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived outside of the United States for nine months (or more) during a calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year. Additionally, preference is given to those candidates who have not had substantial recent experience outside the United States, especially in Poland, which is defined as a period aggregating more than an academic year (nine months) during the past five years. Duty abroad in the U.S. Armed Forces does not apply in this section.
Stipend & Benefits
Stipend rates and benefits planned for the 2022-23 academic year include the following (please note these may be subject to change).
Monthly Payment: $1,000
- Travel Allowance: $1,500
- Relocation Allowance: $800
- Conference /Research / Book Allowance: $500
In-country private Medical Care Package for the grantee
- Travel allowance: $1,500 (per dependent), a one-time payment for a dependent family member, provided that they accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and were listed as a dependent at the time of application
- Dependent Allowance: $250 (per dependent), a monthly allowance for a dependent family member, provided that they accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and were listed as a dependent at the time of application
- In-country private Medical Care Package
Grant benefits are disbursed in PLN based on the average exchange rate USD/PLN as specified in the Terms and Conditions of the Award. Amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
Host universities are located in big and small cities across Poland.