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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, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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.


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54 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS), along with the Mexican and U.S. governments, is interested in supporting English language teaching and learning in Mexico.  Fulbright English Teaching Assistants will support classroom English language learning between 20 to 25 hours per week. Classroom placements range from elementary schools to university settings, and also include “normales” (teacher training colleges).

Grantees are also expected to engage in a side project for 15 to 20 hours per week (to complete a 40 hour work week) related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests.

Fulbright grants in Mexico are also known as "Fulbright-García Robles" grants.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants start Sept 1, 2021, and end May 31, 2022. 

All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation in Mexico City at the end of August 2021, organized by COMEXUS, and a Midterm reunion in January 2022.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation


Wecome Orientation will be held at the end of August 2021. 

Candidate Profile

Prefered candidates will demonstrate leadership skills and the willingness to act as U.S. ambassadors in the communities in which they will be placed.

All fields of study will be considered.

Preference will be given to candidates who clearly articulate the importance of their stay in Mexico to their future career plans and to those with work experience.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Advanced

Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of classroom teaching assistance, but to acclimate and integrate into daily life in host communities. Applicants should include in the Language Self-Evaluation form plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Successful candidates must also be articulate speakers of English with native fluency.

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

The Commission, in coordination with the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP), will place grantees at public institutions. Applicants must be flexible regarding geographic location. Most placements will be outside of major cities, in locations ranging from remote or rural areas to small-to-medium sized cities. Details of assignments will be subject to communication between SEP, COMEXUS, and the Mexican host institution. The academic profile of the selected candidate and the host institution’s needs are important in determining the final placement.

Note: Given the range of placements, applicants may highlight a preference for primary/secondary school or higher education placement based on their professional background and career goals. The Commission will consider the options of the candidates but placements will be determined depending on Mexico's educational necessities. 

Placements may be made in any state, EXCEPT those listed in U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for states in Mexico to which U.S. citizens should not travel. For more information visit Mexico Travel Advisory.


Candidates residing, working or studying in Mexico in the year prior to beginning the grant are not eligible. 

U.S.-Mexico dual citizens are eligible to apply.

Candidates who currently hold a temporary or permanent residency card to Mexico are not eligible to apply.

Supplementary Project

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant responsibilities include a 40 hour work week, which consists of up to 25 hours per week of classroom assistance and 15 to 20 hours for a supplementary project.  This supplementary activity should relate to the applicant's personal, career, and/or educational interests. For example, grantees may engage in specific volunteer activities, conduct research into topics or issues related to Mexico, or a combination thereof. Applicants should keep in mind that proposed activities should be flexible respective to geographic location, since they will not know where they will be placed. 

In the Statements of Grant Purpose, applicants should briefly describe their project plans and may address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Mexico; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement. Applicants should keep in mind that the primary activity for ETAs is in the classroom and not carrying out a project. Applicants with strong research/academic project proposals may wish to consider the Study/Research grant program. The Commission may discuss alternative project with the grantee when the placement is made.

Visa Requirement

Candidates must have a Visa Authorization from a Mexican Consulate before entering the country on a Fulbright scholarship. For this reason, and due to Mexican immigration laws, candidates with current legal residency in Mexico will not be considered.

COMEXUS will assist in a preauthorization visa approval process for the grantees and their dependents prior to their arrival in Mexico. Within 30 days of arriving in Mexico, the grantees and their dependents must exchange their visa for a Tarjeta de Residente Temporal Estudiante.

Those candidates possessing dual U.S. and Mexican nationality are required by Mexican law to enter Mexico on their Mexican passport and will not receive said visa.

Special Considerations

Applicants should take into consideration that a Fulbright grant covers maintenance and basic living expenses, as well as one round-trip air ticket (U.S.-Mexico-U.S.). Grantees may incur additional expenses that are not covered by the grant. It is highly recommended that grantees begin the program with some additional savings to cover these expenses.

Semi-finalists will be invited to a virtual interview with COMEXUS in February 2021.


Dependent support is not available.

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