6 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program is designed to give U.S. citizens opportunities for personal development through educational and cultural exchange and aims at strengthening English language instruction and knowledge of the United States in Portugal through the presence of highly motivated, articulate, fluent English speakers.
Over the last decades, Portugal has seen remarkable progress in learning, science and innovation, reflected in the quality of education offered at Portuguese universities. Internationalization and academic mobility are one of the priorities for Portuguese higher education institutions, which are increasingly attractive to a growing number of international students, scholars and researchers.
To learn more about Portuguese Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers, visit Study & Research in Portugal.
The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America and Portugal - Fulbright Commission Portugal strives to be a collaborative and innovative organization and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
We seek to ensure that all our grants, programs and activities reflect the diversity of U.S. and Portuguese societies and are open to people regardless of their ethnicity, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
We work every day to build a culture of inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and understanding of the many differences that enrich the Fulbright Program.
Up to six grants to award, depending on availability of funds.
Grant dates are October 1 to June 30.
Grant starting date is October 1 but grantees are expected to travel to Portugal to attend a mandatory orientation in Lisbon, in late September.
A grantee can travel to Portugal before the grant starts, or extend their stay after the grant is completed, but must secure a visa and insurance for any additional period of time.
Fulbright sponsorship is for 9 months only; no funds or other grant benefits can be extended or transferred to the following academic year.
The Fulbright Commission in Portugal hosts a virtual pre-departure orientation meeting in late May/early June and a mandatory in-country orientation meeting, to be held during two days, in late September, in Lisbon.
During the orientation, the Commission offers accommodation for grantees placed outside of the Lisbon metropolitan area.
Applications are welcome from well-qualified and motivated candidates, at all degree levels, who have completed a Bachelor's degree before the start of the grant.
While the assistantship is open to all fields of study, preference will be given to candidates with an educational background in the Humanities and demonstrated interest in international education. Previous teaching or tutoring experience is recommended, but not mandatory.
The Commission seeks mature, responsible, independent, open-minded and confident individuals who are capable of working independently, in a wide variety of institutional settings all over Portugal.
Candidates must have the ability to adjust to academic, cultural and social settings different from those of their home country, navigate cultural differences and respond to challenges that may arise on a daily basis.
Candidates residing in Portugal at the time of the application, or any time thereafter, are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Portugal.
Candidates enrolled in a graduate studies program in Portugal at the time of the application or in the subsequent academic year, or candidates who hold a valid visa during that period, are not eligible. Candidates attending study abroad programs in Portugal at the time of the application are eligible to apply, as it is not considered residency.
Dual U.S.-Portuguese citizens are eligible to apply but will only be considered if they don’t have extensive experience in Portugal (have lived in Portugal for a period of one year or more).
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
The Fulbright Commission in Portugal seeks accomplished candidates who have the maturity, self-reliance and flexibility to adapt to their local and academic communities.
Candidates should be able to clearly state the reasons for pursuing an English Teaching Assistantship project in Portugal and should have a demonstrated interest in the country and its culture and in engaging with the wider community while in Portugal.
As part of the selection process, some candidates will be invited for an interview with the Portuguese selection committee, via zoom videocall, during the month of February.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Intermediate Portuguese language proficiency is necessary by the beginning date of the grant.
Knowledge of Portuguese language and culture is particularly relevant to promote a deeper engagement outside the classroom, not only with the institution's faculty, staff and students, but also with the local community.
Candidates should include the Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation forms with their online applications.
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
English Teaching Assistants are placed by the Fulbright Commission at Higher Education Institutions, throughout Portugal, which apply to host Fulbright ETAs on a separate competition.
Grant activity is diverse and may include:
- assisting faculty in planning, preparing and teaching English language classes and tutorials;
- planning and presenting on topics included in study programs;
- giving talks and seminars, both in the academic and host communities, on U.S. culture and other topics of current interest;
- proofreading and editing English versions of official documents and media content;
- providing informal educational advising to local students interested in studying in the United States;
The host institution will assign a Mentor to the ETA, who will supervise and serve as primary point of contact for the grantee at the institution.
ETAs are encouraged to contact their Mentors, as soon as they're selected, for further details on their teaching assignment and logistical arrangements (such as housing and meals, when applicable), and other relevant information about the host institution and geographical location.
- Capital City
- Regional City
Although placement is at the Higher Education level, host institutions can be diverse: public or private, large universities or small polytechnic institutes, in large cities or in smaller regional communities, or in the islands, with diverse student populations, both Portuguese and international.
Geographic diversity is a deciding factor in the selection of host institutions so ETAs should not expect to be placed in a host institution in Lisbon.
Because teaching activity should not surpass 16 hours per week, grantees are encouraged to engage in other activities related to their personal, career and/or educational interests.
This may be an independent study or research project, taking classes at the university, conducting research on topics related to Portuguese language and/or culture, volunteering with local organizations, or other cultural or social projects of their interest that do not conflict with their teaching engagement at the host institution.
ETAs are also expected to collaborate with the Fulbright Commission in outreach and educational advising activities.
The host institution may offer housing, as part of their cost-share commitment, either as a room at their residences or an apartment.
If the host is unable to provide housing, grant stipend is higher to support the increased cost. In this case, grantees are responsible for finding their own housing but are encouraged to contact their mentors and/or the institution's international relations/mobility office for assistance in finding housing.
The Fulbright Commission provides a list of resources and websites for house searching in Portugal. The Commission can also provide informal advice concerning housing in Lisbon (average prices per location, safe neighborhoods).
Fulbright U.S. grantees must apply for a Temporary Stay Visa at the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, D.C., or at one of the Consulates in the United States, before travelling to Portugal.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Additional Online Resources
Portuguese Higher Education System: https://www.dges.gov.pt/en
EU Country Profile: Portugal: https://european-union.europa.eu/principles-countries-history/country-profiles/portugal_en
Visit Portugal: https://www.visitportugal.com/en