Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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140 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

10 Months

September to the end of June.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidates should be well-rounded, articulate individuals with the skills and motivation needed to assist in teaching American studies and English language to German students at all pre-university levels. These grants are especially suited for students of German (e.g., German studies/literature/history). Applicants from other academic fields will be considered if they have adequate German proficiency. US English teaching assistants are expected to work independently in a wide variety of institutional settings all over Germany. They are assigned to different kinds of schools in communities large and small, many with diverse student populations. They must have the capacity to negotiate cultural differences and respond to challenges that arise on a day-to-day basis.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: At least 2 years of college-level study of German, or the equivalent, is required prior to commencing the grant.

Even though the language of instruction will usually be English, intermediate to advanced German skills are essential for communication outside the classroom, be it with other teachers, parents or school administrators, as well as the contacts in the host community that are not related to the host school.

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

Grantees will be placed as teaching assistants in English classes at all types of German schools, in different institutional and regional settings. These may include school types that are not as widely known, for example: Berufskolleg/Berufschule; Haupt- and Realschule; Fachhochschule; Montessori Grund- and Oberschule; and Gemeindeschule. Teaching assistants help English teachers in the classroom approximately 12 hours per week. The assignment might include team-teaching a lesson with an English teacher, discussing a topic from the textbook with a small group of students, engaging in one-on-one conversation practice with students, helping all or part of a class review for a test, or designing and teaching a unit on an aspect of US culture or a current event. Activities will vary depending upon the needs of the students and teachers. The assignment may also include week-long class trips or short excursions.


American citizens/passport holders who also have German citizenship cannot be considered.

Special Application Instructions

In the Statement of Grant Purpose, applicants should indicate up to 3 German states/Bundesländer where they would prefer to be placed. These preferences will be considered wherever possible. However, candidates should be aware that they may still be placed in a different state.

Diversity Program

Within the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Germany, at least 20 of the approximately 140 grantees will be placed in German schools with significant numbers of students with minority or refugee backgrounds. The Fulbright Commission will select the grantees for these schools based on the applicants' academic backgrounds, individual qualifications, and interests. Applicants interested in a diversity placement should mention this in the Abstract/Summary of Proposal section of the Fulbright application. Please note that a Diversity Program placement cannot be guaranteed; however, many German schools have diverse student populations.

General Comments

In this program the Fulbright Commission cooperates with Pädagogischer Austauschdienst in Bonn (PAD) and the 16 Bundesländer in Germany. For most grantees, the stipend to cover living costs will be provided by the respective host-Bundesland. A cost-of-living stipend will be provided by the Fulbright Commission in specific cases.

Special Opportunities

During the grant period, university enrollment as a visiting student may be possible (subject to decision by the university and proximity to the teaching assignment). However, the Fulbright Commission will not be able to cover any tuition, semester fees, or other costs related to university enrollment.

If relevant to the project and background of the grantee, the Fulbright Commission may support self-placed internships that occur after the end of the regular grant period.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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 could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


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 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for 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. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.