10 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodAugust Start
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Moroccan public universities by providing assistance to the permanent Moroccan teaching staff. At the same time, ETAs benefit from cross-cultural interactions, research possibilities, and volunteering opportunities in their placement communities.
Grant Length:10 months
The ETA grant period begins with the arrival of all ETA grantees no later than the last week in August. The grant period includes a general Fulbright orientation for all new U.S. grantees provided by the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE).
Grant dates correspond to the MACECE orientation and the academic year in Morocco, which will be from late August 2022 until early July 2023.
ETAs are required to attend a virtual Pre-Departure Orientation and a 1-2 day orientation with all incoming Fulbrighters. ETAs additionally attend a three-week orientation in Rabat in August/September, which includes daily classes in Moroccan Arabic (Darija) as well as lectures and exercises focusing on how to teach in the Moroccan university system.
Candidates with degrees in English, American Studies, Middle East Studies, Arabic, French, Education, TESOL, or applied linguistics with some experience in teaching are preferred. Other fields are considered on the basis of excellence and teaching experience. Preference will be given to those with a Master's in a relevant field and those with significant teaching experience. Preference will also be given to candidates with an expressed interest in pursuing a career in education and with demonstrated experience, including volunteer activities. Some relevant teaching experience is required.
ETAs should be strong self-starters who can deal with the unexpected, are flexible, adaptive, patient, culturally sensitive, and are self-sufficient. Placements are made by the Commission and are made throughout the Moroccan public university system.
For information concerning all Moroccan universities and related institutes and schools, please see the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
ETA applicants must be articulate and accurate speakers of English who can serve as a fluent-speaker resource. Expertise in various aspects of English, such as grammar, composition, reading, phonetics, rhetoric, and literature are highly desirable.
Because of their teaching appointments, ETAs in Morocco are not eligible for the six-week Darija course organized for student researchers. However, ETAs receive 30+ hours of instruction in Darija during the two-week orientation in Rabat prior to departing for their host sites. In addition, each ETA grant contains the equivalent of up to $2500 for further language study during the course of the grant.
In order to activate these language funds, the ETA must submit a language study plan to the Commission for authorization. ETAs can use these funds for any language that will be useful for them while in Morocco. Previously approved languages include Darija, Modern Standard Arabic, French, Spanish, and Hebrew. ETAs may study with an approved tutor or enroll in a program at a language study center.
Grantees will be responsible to secure their own appropriate housing based on the city of placement. MACECE will provide a handbook that includes a city guide, as well as advice and recommendations.
Other Educational/Community Institution
ETAs are generally placed in Moroccan public universities throughout the country, often as stand-alone teachers. The Commission matches ETA candidates with placements, based on their preivous teaching experience, language skills, and the needs of the host institution.
MACECE, in cooperation with host universities, places ETAs at institutions based on the ETA's profile and the host institution's needs. The ETA program is developed and implemented within the context of the goals and needs of the Ministry of Higher Education and the pressing need for English teachers in Moroccan universities in all faculties.
ETAs teach English courses as established in the curricula of the various university programs and are engaged in classroom teaching for no more than 20 hours per week. Since the concept of "teaching assistant" is lacking in Morocco, almost all ETAs are stand-alone teachers in the classroom, responsible for developing their own lesson plans and managing their own classrooms. Responsibilities may also extend to offering presentations on topics related to the United States, the English language, or participating in university cultural events or English language clubs. Most ETAs also contribute time to volunteer work in their communities. Independent study and research are also encouraged but should not conflict with teaching duties. Candidates for the ETA program should be comfortable navigating in structured environments as well as operating in situations of ambiguity, as each campus placement will be different and often times unpredictable.
Applicants for the ETA program should be aware that the universities and departments may have strict requirements for the English classes they teach. The course content and the exam content may be directed by the university and departmental administration.
The Moroccan university year begins variously from late September to mid-October and runs until early July; there is no summer semester. The autumn semester ends with final exams in January and the spring semester begins 2-3 weeks afterward. The semester start dates at Moroccan public universities are subject to day-to-day and last-minute changes. On-campus protests may interrupt class schedules and courses may be cancelled for weeks at a time without advance notice. Classes may be large (as many as 100-150 students in the classroom), university administrative structures may be weak and at the same time arbitrary, and student levels of English may vary considerably within the same class. Most university classes meet for two hours once a week. Moroccan students of English have generally never had a native speaker of English teach them before and they tend to be highly appreciative.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Moroccan government clearance is required for all foreign teachers and researchers. MACECE supplies all necessary clearances for those who are offered Fulbright grants.
Grantees do not need to apply for any special visa to come to Morocco. Grantees enter Morocco on a 3-month tourist visa, which is stamped in your passport upon entry.
Once settled in Morocco, grantees may apply for Moroccan residency before their 3-month tourist visa expires or as soon as practically possible, which means in conformity with Moroccan regulations concerning residency cards (the carte de séjour). The carte de séjour may be difficult to acquire due to the amount of bureaucracy involved, but somee grantees attempt to start the process. Alternatively, the tourist visa can be extended every 90 days through a formal but normally simple process, the prolongation du visa.
Additional Dependent Information
Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents should contact Sarah Robyn, Program Officer, at email@example.com for general advice and recommendations. MACECE cannot, however, provide direct support for dependent placement in schools around the country. Grantees with school-aged dependents will be responsible for finding appropriate school placements.
Moroccan cities are considered safe. For travel around Morocco, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Morocco.
Placement cities can vary and stretch from the far north to the south of Morocco. Examples of past placement cities include: Tetouan, Meknes, Rabat (the capital), Casablanca, El Jadida, Essaouira, Marrakech, and Agadir. These locations are subject to change. Host institutions typically submit applications each year to the Commission requesting ETA placements. Occasionally, two ETAs may occassionally be placed at the same institution, but normally only one ETA serves at each host institution.