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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.

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Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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Bulgaria

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30 Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation Program for US English Teaching Assistants (ETA) to Bulgaria offers students holding at least a bachelor's degree in all fields the opportunity to teach English in Bulgarian public secondary schools for one year as teaching assistants. The program aims to improve the quality of English language instruction in Bulgarian schools and to expand the educational and cultural exchange between Bulgaria and the United States.

Thanks to the generous support from the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the ETA program in Bulgaria currently consists of 30 English Teaching Assistants placed in 25 cities across Bulgaria. The Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation ETA program has had a tremendous role in the improvement of the English language instruction in all participating schools, as evidenced by the evaluations of thousands of students and feedback from ETA mentor teachers and school principals. The program also benefits local communities, where ETAs often initiate or are involved in various public service projects such as organizing fundraising activities for charitable causes, starting sports, arts or cooking clubs, helping with community or school project grant applications writing, giving consultations on college application and serving as judges or coaches for English language competitions. Perhaps the most notable initiative started by Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation ETAs to date is the Bulgarian English Speech Tournament (BEST) Foundation. Finally, the program offers its participants the unique opportunity to acquire invaluable intercultural, professional and life experience and the chance to make genuine impact in their local community.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grants begin on September 1, 2021 and end on July 1, 2022.

A week-long in-country orientation in the beginning of September provides grantees with professional and cultural training as well as intensive basic Bulgarian language classes. The school year officially opens on September 15.

Prior to arrival in country, Fulbright Bulgaria staff and ETA alumni offer webinars and opportunites to discuss pre-departure concerns. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees must arrive in country by September 1 for a week-long orientation.

Candidate Profile

Applications from candidates holding Bachelor's or Master's degrees in any field will be accepted. Preference is given to students with some English language teaching experience and intercultural skills. Some level of proficiency in Bulgarian or in another Slavic language is considered an advantage. Previous experience in the region or country is not considered a disadvantage. 

The ideal applicant is commited to community engagement outside the classroom, willing to lead and take part in extra-curricular activities and clubs. Successful ETAs are self-starters who are proactive, resilient and seek flexible solutions to challenges. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. Dual citizens (American and Bulgarian or other European citizenship) are accepted. Applicants must be articulate fluent English-speakers.

Applicants must be in good health. 

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Bulgarian language proficiency is not required, but some level of proficiency in Bulgarian or in another Slavic language is considered an advantage. Some study of Bulgarian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community. Students will be provided with basic language instruction in Bulgarian as part of the in-country orientation and provided support for continuing Bulgarian-language training during the grant period.

Placement Type

Secondary School

Grantees will be placed in secondary schools, mostly schools with intensive English language instruction in cities and towns all over Bulgaria. Schools provide free housing for the ETAs. Assignments will depend on the respective schools' needs and will consist of 15-20 hours per week of teaching English, independently or with a co-teacher. Class hours are scheduled Monday through Thursday, with Fridays left free of classroom responsibilities. Details of assignments will develop through communication between selected candidates and designated host institutions. Extracurricular activities such as working with the school's English Speech and Debate team, leading clubs, community service, and volunteer projects are encouraged.

Based on performance, ETAs can apply for a second year; however, second-year awards are limited and not guaranteed.

Ineligibility

Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Dual citizens (American and Bulgarian or other European citizenship) are accepted.

Special Application Instructions

In addition to the 30 Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation ETA grants, there may also be the possibility for corporate-sponsored ETA positions in vocational-technical high schools in smaller communities in Bulgaria. Please indicate in your application's "Abstract/Summary of Proposal" whether you would like to be considered for a corporate-sponsored ETA grant in the event that such awards become available. These positions differ from the standard ETA assignment in a number of ways: the students generally have a lower level of English mastery and may come from disadvantaged backgrounds, thus teachers may need to invest additional effort in lesson-planning and community engagement. Candidates for such positions should have previous English-language teaching experience, epsecially with lower-level learners, as the assignment may include both teaching at a vocational high school and teaching adult professionals. Candidates with experience in youth leadership, community building projects, technical skills and project management skills are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of basic Bulgarian or another Slavic language is not necessary but will be considered an advantage.   

ETA candidates to Bulgaria are not required to submit a research proposal with their application. Once in Bulgaria, ETAs are encouraged to support the activities of the BEST Foundation or to develop their own extracurricular projects involving the students and/or the local community. The Commission supports small-scale projects financially through competitions in the beginning of each school term.

Candidates should be aware that a short online interview may be requested by the Commission as part of the selection process.

Grant Benefits

Grant benefits include:

  • Monthly stipend – $800 per month
  • Round-trip air travel allowance – $2,000
  • Relocation and incidentals allowance – $1,000
  • Health insurance (for grantees only)

The basic amount of the Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation grant is not increased for accompanying dependents. Housing is provided to grantees by their respective host schools free of charge. Grantees are responsible for covering utility bills.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.bg/en/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Iliana Dimitrova