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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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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 2022. 

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. Intermediate level speaking and listening proficiency is very important. Intermediate level reading and writing proficiency is not mandatory. 

Semi-finalist candidates will be given a 15-minute Skype interview in Russian in February 2021.

The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is available for ETA’s for the study of Russian for a minimum of six and a maximum of nine months in duration, concurrent with the Fulbright grant.  ETAs are expected to complete 5-8 hours of private tutoring or classroom study per week depending on the length of their CLEA grant.  A minimum of two years of prior Russian study is required.

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 six hours per week will be reserved for an independent study/research project or other activity related to the grantee's personal, career, and/or educational interests. 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