2 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodOctober Start
The English Teaching Assistantship Program to Algeria has been suspended through the 2021-2022 academic year. We are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The Fulbright Program in Algeria plans to award up to two English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants. The ETA program seeks to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Algeria, and U.S. Fulbright grantees to Algeria will find a dynamic and rewarding environment in which to teach. Algeria is the largest country on the African continent with a diverse Arab and Amazigh population of 40 million and a mixed Arabic-Darija-Amazigh-French language environment. As the government seeks to diversify its economy beyond the oil and gas sectors, it is increasingly looking to the United States and other countries for expertise in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), business administration, education, and English-teaching. Algeria’s large youth population is turning its attention toward American culture and recognizes the value of English as a global language. This trend is supported in large measure by the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as well as university and school administrators. Given this environment and Algerians' seeming insatiable appetite for English-language learning, Algeria can be a very rewarding teaching experience for motivated, flexible, and adventurous English Teaching Assistants (ETA).
Grant Length: 10 months
Grant dates correspond with the academic year in Algeria, which starts in early October 2022 and goes through late June or early July 2023. The grant period begins with an orientation at the U.S. Embassy. ETAs are required to attend and participate in the orientation. The academic year includes three terms: October through December, January through March, and April through early-July. There are two two-week breaks in winter and spring, and the calendar may be adjusted around Islamic holidays. Algeria operates on a Sunday to Thursday work week. However, even though the government has opened new universities to accommodate a surge in the university-aged population, over-crowding at some schools means that classes are taught on Saturdays as well. Students, faculty, or administration-led strikes are not uncommon as forms of collective action to draw attention to or advance priorities on certain issues.
All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in the United States in the summer of 2022 as a condition of their grants.
The U.S. embassy will provide a security briefing upon arrival.
Applicants at all degree levels will be considered; however, priority will be given to applicants with a Master's degree or higher. Applicants possessing appropriate language facility and previous cross-cultural experience will find their teaching and living in Algeria more effectively accomplished and their Fulbright experience enhanced. Applicants should be knowledgeable of global issues, resourceful, tolerant, and flexible. They must be understanding and respectful of cultural nuances as well as security realities. They must demonstrate the initiative, leadership, and confidence required to advance the teaching of their subject in a foreign setting. Previous study, work, or travel experience in North Africa or the Middle East and some familiarity with Arab and Islamic culture is preferred. A working knowledge of either French or Arabic significantly helps ETAs function in the community and better communicate with universities. The Maghrebi dialect 'Darija' (Algerian, Moroccan, or Tunisian) can be more helpful for daily life than Modern Standard Arabic. All fields of study will be considered, but preference is given to studies related to English, English education, bilingual education, linguistics, U.S. studies and American civilization, including history and literature. Given this environment and Algerians' seeming insatiable appetite for English-language learning, Algeria can be a very rewarding teaching experience for motivated, flexible, and adventurous ETAs.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
A working knowledge of either French or Arabic significantly helps ETAs better communicate with communities and universities. The Maghrebi dialect 'Darija' (Algerian, Moroccan, or Tunisian) can be more helpful for daily life than Modern Standard Arabic. No language instruction is provided by the Embassy, but ETAs may seek a tutor or enroll in language courses at the grantee’s expense.
The host institution will not provide housing but host institution and/or the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section will assist grantees in locating nearby and appropriate housing.
The U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section (PAS) manages the Fulbright Program in Algeria. The Embassy negotiates ETA placements with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, which has central authority over all aspects of higher education in the country. Details of assignments are subject to communication between the Public Affairs Section and the host institution based on the host institution’s needs and the academic profile and teaching experience of the selected candidate. Applicants needing more information about the higher education system, specific institutions, class loads, and potential contacts should email Adam Sigelman, Cultural Affairs Officer at sigelmanah@STATE.GOV or Lamia Lachtar, English Language Specialist at lachtarl@STATE.gov.
The ETA role with the host institution takes precedence over any secondary project. Secondary duties will include leading a regular schedule of English language or U.S.-related activities at the American Cultural Center in Algiers, located in the U.S. Embassy, and/or leading activities in Embassy-sponsored American Corners, currently in Oran, Constantine, and Ourgala, as travel and security allow.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Nature of Assignment
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Algerian universities by providing up to 20 hours per week of assistance to permanent teaching staff. At the same time, U.S. participants gain from the intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational opportunities.
Additional Dependent Information
For grantees with school-aged children, the recently-opened American International School of Algiers (AISA) can accomodate students up to sixth grade in English-medium education at the grantee's expense. Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents should contact Lamia Lachtar, English Language Specialist at email@example.com or Cultural Affaires Officer, Adam Sigelman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Though the capital city Algiers is generally considered safe and embassy staff does travel to other cities, travel outside the capital is subject to review of the security environment at the time of travel. Please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Algeria for more details. Final awards and placements will be contingent upon a further evaluation of the security situation in Algeria. All Fulbright grantees must sign an agreement to abide by security and travel guidelines for Algeria.
Please note that the visa application to Algeria depends on the consular jurisdiction. For more information, please review: http://www.algeria-cgny.org/visa-application/. Selected grantees will need to provide an official letter from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research with their visa application package. Grantees will be provided with additional information if selected.