2 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length10 Months
The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago made up of 33 islands located in the Arabian Gulf. According to the e-government portal statistics, Bahrain’s population is currently approximately 1.2 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 dates correspond with the academic year in Bahrain, September through June.
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.
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.
Degree Level of Applicant
Foreign Language Proficiency
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.
- 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.
- Capital City
- Regional City
Although most placements would likely be close to the capital city, placement locations vary and may be anywhere in Bahrain.
Dependent financial support includes a modest increase in the monthly stipend.
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 HasanSaF@state.gov for additional information.