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3 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin in September and end in June. A one-day in-country orientation will be held in the first week of September.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in June or July as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

Well-rounded, articulate candidates at all degree levels with an interest in international education and the initiative to teach conversational English at all levels will be considered. Undergraduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on English, American Studies, or Education, are preferred. Successful candidates will not just be teaching English, but explaining the U.S. to local citizens who have little contextual understanding of America. Previous teaching experience is not required, but is helpful. Applicants must be native English-speakers.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Some knowledge of Russian or Romanian is recommended, and preference may be given to candidates who have proficiency in one or both of those languages.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Affiliation is primarily at universities, but may be in high schools or other venues where English-language instruction is needed. Affiliation is arranged at institutions outside Chisinau. Grantees will teach under the supervision of an experienced English instructor and will serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, and reading and writing courses. Grantees may also be involved with some educational advising and outreach.

Supplementary Project

Grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. This may be an independent study/research project or other activity that will not conflict with assigned teaching and advising responsibilities. Applicants should include a brief description of their supplementary project in their Statement of Grant Purpose.

Country Overview

Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe at the crossroad between east and west. It is surrounded by Ukraine to the northeast and Romania to the southwest with a population of over 3.5 million people. Once known as "the garden" of Soviet Union, it is famous for its wine, the world’s largest wine cellars and its charming countryside. Safe and welcoming, it is one of the few countries with bilingual population (Romanian- and Russian-speaking) with two different alphabets: Cyrillic and Latin.

Moldova has a fascinating history; it was part of Romania during the interwar period, and incorporated into Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Previously, it had been an independent nation under Ottoman rule and annexed by Tsarist Russia. Today, Moldova is an independent republic with an autonomous region called Gagauzia and a strip of break-away territory called Transnistria, which has not been recognized by any country. Transnistria is an example of a frozen conflict, which has existed in a state of limbo since 1990. It is distinctive by its Soviet architecture, posters and pro-Russian sentiments. Transnistria State University located in its capital Tiraspol, which offers internationally accredited courses and features satellite campuses in the towns of Rybnitsa and Bender.

Overall, there are 30 universities in Moldova, 18 of which are state institutions and 12 private. The majority are in the capital, Chisinau, including Moldova State University, Technical University, Pedagogical University, Medical University, University of Arts, Academy of Economic Studies and Agricultural University. There is also one state university in the northern city of Balti; one in Comrat, the capital of the Gagauz region; and another in Cahul, in the south of Moldova. The biggest and oldest private university is Free Independent University of Moldova (ULIM) in Chisinau.

A Fulbright placement in Moldova is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for direct interaction with multi-ethnic republic and its Soviet and Romanian heritage. The Embassy strives to provide opportunities for all Fulbrighters to engage with partners throughout the country, including in Chisinau, Tiraspol, Cahul, Comrat and Balti, regardless of their host institution.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Irina Colin, Valentina Spinu