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2 English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
10 Months
Award Type
English Teaching Assistant
Award Profile

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago made up of 33 islands located in the Arabian Gulf. It is estimated that Bahrain’s population is approximately 1.5 million Bahrainis and residents. 

The Fulbright Program in Bahrain began in 1995 and supports both U.S. and Bahraini scholars, students, and a small number of Bahraini Arabic language teaching assistants assigned to U.S. host institutions. The Fulbright Program is administered by the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Manama. 

The U.S. Embassy Manama facilitates the affiliation process with local universities on behalf of U.S. students for ETA grants in Bahrain. 

Grant Length
10 Months
Grant Period
September Start

Grant dates correspond with the academic year in Bahrain, September through June. 

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in the United States in the summer as a condition of their grants.

ETAs are also required to attend and participate in the in-country orientation program organized by the Public Affairs Section and the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy. 

Candidate Profile

Applications will be considered from candidates at all degree levels. Applicants should be knowledgeable of world issues, and be articulate, resourceful, tolerant, flexible, mature, and demonstrate the initiative, leadership, and confidence required to assist with the teaching of English in a foreign setting. Some teaching experience is preferred. Preference will be given to graduates enrolled in Master’s degree programs who are interested in international education and teaching. Certain institutions (namely, the University of Bahrain) may only accept Master’s—level candidates. All fields of study will be considered, but preference is given to studies related to the teaching of English, bilingual education, linguistics, area studies, or international relations. Grantees assigned to host institutions will be considered faculty. The roles and responsibilities will be assigned by the academic department.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

The Kingdom of Bahrain has been one of the Gulf’s most important commercial and cultural crossroads for over 4,000 years. The capital city Manama is home to modern skyscrapers and air-conditioned shopping malls, as well as traditional homes and towering minarets. The Fulbright program is widely recognized by host institutions and the people of Bahrain.

Fulbrighters will enjoy being in a friendly, warm, and welcoming atmosphere. 

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Applicants must be articulate fluent English-speakers. Previous study, work, or travel experience in the Middle East and some proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic or Classical Arabic (Fus-ha) language familiarity may be helpful in day-to-day activities, but is not required.

Placement Type
  • University/Post-Secondary Institution
  • Other Educational/Community Institution

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Bahraini Institutions by providing 20-25 hours per week of assistance to students that require English language support in local universities with a broad range of fields of study including medical, business, art and design to name a few. At the same time, U.S. participants gain from the intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational opportunities.

Placement Locations
  • Capital City
  • Regional City
  • Rural

Although most placements would likely be close to the capital city, placement locations vary and may be anywhere in Bahrain. 

Supplementary Project
Not Permitted
Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
  • English language teaching preparatory course
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

4930 monthly stipend amount in
$ [US Dollar]
One-Time Allowances

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

1000 in
  • Research/Materials allowance
Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

The grant is sufficient for the cost of living in Bahrain.

Dependent financial support is available

Dependent financial support includes a modest increase in the monthly stipend. 

Housing Arrangements

The host institution will not provide housing but host institutions and/or the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section will assist grantees in locating appropriate housing.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Additional Dependent Information

Fulbright grantees have a wide range of school options in Bahrain at the grantee's expense. Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents should contact Samar Hasan, Education Specialist, at for additional information.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Samar Hasan: