25 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides twenty five awards for U.S. citizens to serve as English Teaching Assitants in Russia. Participants may be affiliated with Russian higher education institutions outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and will be teaching English to university students of all levels.
Grants will begin in mid-September and end in June.
Grant Length: 9 months.
All grantees are required to participate in a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant. No exemptions will be granted, including for participation in CLS programs.
All grantees are required to participate in an in-country orientation in Moscow in September.
Undergraduate seniors, who will graduate before program start date, or candidates already holding Bachelor's or Master's degrees will be considered. Undergraduate degrees in humanities, social sciences, and sciences and those with the interest and ability to talk about American culture, history, government, and civics are preferred. Successful candidates not only teach English, they also explain their country to Russians who have little contextual understanding of America. No previous teaching experience is required. Applicants must be fluent English-speakers.
ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.
Accepted Degree Levels
An additional six hours per week will be reserved for an independent study/research project or other activity related to the grantee's personal, career, and/or educational interests. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include well-thought-out and feasible projects. These projects should not conflict with assigned teaching and advising responsibilities.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Although all classes are taught in English, Russian language skills are required, with a minimum working knowledge of Russian equal to at least two years of college-level study. Intermediate level speaking and listening proficiency is very important. Intermediate level reading and writing proficiency is not mandatory.
Semi-finalist candidates will be given a 15-minute Zoom interview in Russian in February 2022.
Critical Language Enhancement Award
The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is available for ETAs for the study of Russian for a minimum of six and a maximum of nine months in duration, concurrent with the Fulbright grant.
ETAs are expected to complete 5-8 hours of private tutoring or classroom study per week depending on the length of their CLEA grant. A minimum of two years of prior Russian study is required.
Most host institutions will be able to provide affordable or free university housing for participants (a single room in a university dorm, or an apartment on campus).
If a host institution can not provide adequate housing, they will assist in finding an apartment for rent in the host city.
Grantees will be placed by the Fulbright Program Office in Moscow, and placement will be at universities in cities other than Moscow and St. Petersburg. Positions combine 18 hours per week of classroom teaching and up to 6 hours per week of advising/working with Russian teachers of English.
Grantees will assistant-teach under the supervision of experienced English instructors or lead classes on their own.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Candidates with dual U.S.-Russian citizenship are ineligible for consideration.
Candidates who were born in the USSR or Russian Federation and then immigrated to the U.S. may still hold Russian citizenship if they have not renounced it. Candidates who are not sure whether they have dual citizenship need to inquire with the Russian Embassy or Consulate in the U.S.
Grantees will be placed in regional cities across Russia, outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg.