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10 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Awards are granted through a competition open to students and alumni of U.S. higher education institutions to co-teach and teach practical and specialized English language classes at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes, and other scientific units and educational institutions in Poland. 

Number of grants: up to 10 (subject to available funds).

For more information on the competition, please refer to the local Award Regulations available on the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission website.

Grant Period

9 Months

Awards are offerred for 9 months.

Grants are usually expected to start in October (beginning of the academic year).

Participation in the Fulbright Commission Orientation, Thanksgiving, Mid-Year, and End-of-Year meetings is mandatory.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered, but master and doctoral level students and graduates in the sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology, engineering, math) or humanities (e.g. linguistics and teaching English as a foreign language) will be given preference. Candidates may be pursuing their doctoral degree but cannot hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.

All fields are suitable but current English as a foreign language needs of Polish universities are in the sciences (including chemistry, biology, engineering, math), social studies (including economics), and humanities (including linguistics). Grantees usually teach students in bachelor's/master's programs.

Preferred candidates will also demonstrate the skills and willingness to promote U.S. higher education among Polish students.

Previous teaching experience is strongly recommended. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their experience and interest in teaching.

The Fulbright Commission recommends that applicants familiarize themselves with Poland and its contemporary situation, culture, and education system before applying. 

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Knowledge of the Polish language is not a formal requirement, but some Polish language proficiency is recommended. Applicants are encouraged to study the Polish language prior to arrival in order to facilitate their deeper engagement with the host community during the grant period.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

The Fulbright Commission will place grantees in various departments at Polish universities, matching their undergraduate or graduate fields to the needs of the host institutions, to teach ESL and/or specialized English as required.

Details of assignments will be subject to direct communication between the selected candidate and the designated department of the Polish university. Positions combine part-time teaching and/or assisting of up to 16 hours per week and office hours of up to 4 hours per week. Time will be also reserved for an independent study/research project.

In addition to classroom responsibilities, grantees may be requested to lead programs in language labs, conduct English conversation clubs, tutor, participate in sports, language or drama clubs and volunteer at local organizations.

Additional grant activities:

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program’s primary purpose is a public diplomacy initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is designed to expand and strengthen the relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world. To support this mission, grantees will be asked to give public talks, mentor students and otherwise engage with the host country community, in addition to their primary teaching activities.

The grantee will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars organized by other Fulbright Commissions in Europe (e.g. EU Seminar, Berlin Seminar), and support the Fulbright Commission by delivering presentations, seminars and workshops on U.S. higher education and culture.

Dependent Funding

A monthly allowance for a dependent family member is available, provided that the dependent accompanies the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and is listed as a dependent in the Fulbright application.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Aleksandra Matuszewska