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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.

Artist

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. 

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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.

Portugal

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3 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

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

Over the last decades, Portugal has seen remarkable progress in learning, science and innovation, reflected in the quality of education offered at Portuguese universities. Internationalization and academic mobility are one of the priorities for Portuguese higher education institutions, which are increasingly attractive to a growing number of international students, scholars and researchers. 

To learn more about Portuguese Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers, visit Study & Research in Portugal.

The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America and Portugal - Fulbright Commission Portugal strives to be a collaborative and innovative organization and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We seek to ensure that all our grants, programs and activities reflect the diversity of U.S. and Portuguese societies and are open to people regardless of their ethnicity, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We work every day to build a culture of inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and understanding of the many differences that enrich the Fulbright Program.

Number of Grants: Three to six grants to award, depending on availability of funds.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grant period is from October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Grant starting date is October 1 but grantees are expected to travel to Portugal to attend a mandatory orientation in Lisbon, in late September.

A grantee can extend their stay in Portugal after the grant is complete but must secure a visa and insurance for any additional period of time. Fulbright sponsorship is for 9 months only, no funds or other grant benefits can be extended or transferred to the following academic year. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

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

The Fulbright Commission will cover accommodation in Lisbon for grantees placed outside of Lisbon.

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from well-qualified candidates, who have completed a Bachelor's degree before the start 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.

The Commission seeks mature, responsible, independent, open-minded and 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 adjust to academic, cultural and social settings different from those of their home country, navigate cultural differences and respond to challenges that may arise on a daily basis.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

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 at Higher Education Institutions, throughout Portugal, which apply to host Fulbright ETAs on a separate competition.

Grant activity is diverse and may include:

  • assisting faculty in planning, preparing and teaching English language classes and tutorials; 
  • planning and presenting on topics included in study programs;
  • giving talks and seminars, both in the academic and host communities, on U.S. culture and other topics of current interest;
  • proofreading and editing English versions of official documents and media content;
  • providing informal educational advising to local students interested in studying in the United States;

The Fulbright ETA is also expected to collaborate with the Fulbright Commission, in outreach and educational advising activities.

Grantees are encouraged to engage in other activities related to their personal, career and/or educational interests. This may be an independent study or research project, or other activity that does not conflict with their teaching assistantship.

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.

ETAs are encouraged to contact their Mentors, 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 local community.

Ineligibility

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.

Visas

Fulbright U.S. 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 additional information about National Visas, visit the Diplomatic Portal and for information about Portuguese Republic's consular network in the U.S.A. consult with the Embassy of Portugal in Washington, D.C..

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.pt

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Dora Reis Arenga

Additional Online Resources

Study & Research in Portugal