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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3 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

The academic year usually begins in September/October and ends in May/June, but some universities start earlier than others do. A mandatory in-country group orientation will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Kigali.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in summer 2020 as a condition of their grant.

Candidate Profile

Graduating seniors or graduate students with an undergraduate degree in English or Education who are considering careers in English, Education, or TEFL/applied linguistics and who have experience teaching or tutoring will be considered. Other fields will be considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Candidates with an interest in African languages, culture, and history are also encouraged to apply.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

English is sufficient. Knowledge of French or Kinyarwanda can be helpful.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Placement will be made by the U.S. Embassy at the technical college, university, or other educational institution.

Nature of Assignment

Approximately 20 hours per week assisting university professors in their classrooms, plus requisite class preparation time and school-related activities, will be required. ETAs may assist with: developing communication modules, training academic and administrative staff, and assisting lecturers with their research, lesson plans, and course presentations to improve the English for academic reading and writing skills of university undergraduates for whom English is both a second language and the medium of instruction at school. ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but may be asked to be responsible for teaching entire courses. Occasionally, the U.S. Embassy may invite ETAs to participate in English program activities. 


The U.S. Embassy will work with host institutions to assist ETAs in identifying and securing housing

Visas and Work Permits

Information on visas and work permits is available on the website linked here. The U.S. Embassy supports approved grantees in visa application process.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

U.S. Embassy Kigali, Public Affairs Section