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
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistants Program aims to strengthen English language instruction and knowledge of the United States in Portugal through the presence of highly motivated native speakers of English.

Number of grants is of 3 to 6, depending on availability of funds.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grant period is from October 1 to June 30.

Grantees are required to attend a mandatory on-site orientation in Lisbon, in late September, before the beginning of their grants. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from candidates who have completed a Bachelor's degree before the start date of the grant.

While the assistantship is open to all fields of study, preference will be given to candidates with an educational background in the Humanities and demonstrated interest in international education. Previous teaching or tutoring experience is recommended, but not mandatory.

English Teaching Assistants are expected to be self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently, in a wide variety of institutional settings all over Portugal. Although placement is at the Higher Education level, ETAs will be assigned to different types of institutions, in large and small communities, with diverse student populations, both Portuguese and international.

Candidates must have the capacity to adapt to different regional and social environments, navigate cultural differences and respond to challenges that may arise on a daily basis.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Intermediate Portuguese language proficiency is necessary by the beginning date of the grant. Knowledge of Portuguese language and culture is particularly relevant to promote a deeper engagement outside the classroom, not only with the institution's faculty, staff and students, but also with the local community.

Candidates should include the Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation forms with their online applications.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

English Teaching Assistants are placed by the Fulbright Commission in Higher Education Institutions, throughout Portugal, which apply to host Fulbright ETAs on a separate competition.

When possible, the Fulbright Commission will try to match the ETA to the institution according to the grantee's academic profile and experience and the host institution's proposed activities.

The host institution will assign a Mentor to the ETA, who will supervise and serve as primary point of contact for the grantee at the institution. Grantees are encouraged to contact the Mentor, as soon as they're selected, for further details on their teaching assignment, logistical arrangements (such as housing and meals), and other relevant information about the host institution and town.


Candidates residing in Portugal at the time of the application, or any time thereafter, are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Portugal.

Candidates enrolled in a graduate studies program in Portugal at the time of the application, or in the subsequent academic year, or candidates who hold a valid visa during that period, are not eligible.

Dual U.S.-Portuguese citizens are eligible to apply but will only be considered if they don't have extensive experience in Portugal.


Fulbright grantees must apply for a Temporary Stay Visa at the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, D.C., or at one of the Consulates in the United States, before travelling to Portugal.

For more information about visas, consult with the Embassy of Portugal in Washington, D.C..


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Dora Reis Arenga

Additional Online Resources

Study & Research in Portugal