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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.


15 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
September Start
Award Profile

The English Teaching Assistantship Program to Russia has been suspended through the 2021-2022 academic year. We are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides fifteen 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. 

Grant Period
September Start

Grants will begin in mid-September and end in June. 

Grant Length: 9 months.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

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. 

Candidate Profile

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
Supplementary Project

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
Required - Intermediate

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.

Housing Arrangements

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. 

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

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. 

Dependent support is not available
Placement Locations

Regional City

Grantees will be placed in regional cities across Russia, outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact