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 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 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 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. 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. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award 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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25 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin in mid-September and end in June. Grantees may also be invited to work at English language summer camps sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Russia in summer 2020. In addition, all grantees are required to attend an in-country training workshop to be held in Moscow in September 2019 and an in-country, mid-year enrichment seminar in January 2020.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to participate in a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant.  No exemptions will be granted, including for participation in CLS programs.

Candidate Profile

Well-rounded, articulate, graduating seniors or M.A. recipients with the initiative to teach conversational English in universities will be considered. Undergraduate degrees in humanities, social sciences, and sciences and those with the interest and ability to talk about American history, government, and civics are preferred. Successful candidates will not just be teaching English, but explaining their country to Russians who have little contextual understanding of America. No previous teaching experience is required. Applicants must be fluent English-speakers.

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Although all class teaching is in English, Russian language skills are required, with a minimum working knowledge of Russian equal to at least two years of college-level study. Semi-finalist candidates will be given a 20-minute Skype interview in Russian in February 2020.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

Read more complete details on the Critical Language Enhancement Award program.

Language: RussianPrior Language Study: A minimum of two years of prior Russian study is required for ETAs. Dates and Timing: The Critical Language Enhancement Award for ETAs is a minimum of six and a maximum of nine months in duration, concurrent with the Fulbright grant.

NB: The Fulbright Office in Moscow will play a direct role in arranging a suitable placement for all Fulbright and Critical Language Enhancement Award recipients in Russia. An intensive language study schedule will be defined after an initial test of Russian language skill and its evaluation at the host university. All CLEA recipients will need to complete their intensive language study at the same universities that will be hosting them for their Fulbright grants. CLEA recipients are responsible for informing Russian hosts of their specific needs for the language course (group or individual tutoring or a combination of classes, aspects of the language to concentrate on, how many hours a week and how many months of tutoring, etc.). ETAs are expected to complete 5-8 hours of private tutoring or classroom study per week depending on the length of their CLEA grant.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees will be placed by the Fulbright Program Office in Moscow, and placement will be at universities in cities other than Moscow and St. Petersburg. Positions combine 18 hours per week of classroom teaching and up to 6 hours per week of advising/working with Russian teachers of English.


Candidates with dual U.S.-Russian citizenship are ineligible for consideration.

Candidates who were born in the USSR or Russian Federation and then immigrated to the U.S. may still hold Russian citizenship if they have not renounced it. Candidates who are not sure whether they have dual citizenship need to inquire with the Russian Embassy or Consulate in the U.S. 

Supplementary Project

An additional 6 hours per week will be reserved for an independent study/research project or other activity related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. A minimum of 5 hours of intensive language study will be reserved for those with a Critical Language Enhancement Award. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include well-thought-out and feasible projects. These projects should not conflict with assigned teaching and advising responsibilities.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Marina Bezrukova