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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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190 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

According to Spanish law, English Teaching Assistants must always be accompanied in the classroom by a Spanish teacher and are not allowed to take on full teaching responsibility. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended that applicants have some formal teaching practice and experience developing classroom resources, as only limited teaching training will be provided upon arrival and during the grant period: this is not a teacher training program. Candidates are expected to be able to prepare their own teaching materials; interact positively with students, teachers, and administrative personnel at their schools; and to demonstrate initiative in the classroom.

30 ETA awards co-sponsored by the Regional Government of Madrid.

27 ETA awards co-sponsored by the Regional Government of La Rioja.

40 ETA awards co-sponsored by the Regional Government of Galicia.

11 ETA awards co-sponsored by the Regional Government of Asturias.

33 ETA awards co-sponsored by the Regional Government of the Canary Islands.

3 ETA awards co-sponsored by the IE University, with campuses in Madrid and Segovia.

6 ETA awards co-sponsored by the University Camilo José Cela (UCJC).

35 ETA awards co-sponsored by various regional governments or host institutions in Spain and are different from those that have specific announcements (Asturias, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, IE, and UCJC).

5 ETA awards co-sponsored by the Universidad de Málaga (UMA)

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin on September 15, 2020 and end on June 14, 2021.

Attendance at the Madrid orientation in early/mid September is mandatory.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Madrid ETAs: Applications are welcome from self-motivated graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative, adaptability, and flexibility needed to assistant-teach in high schools.

La Rioja ETAs: Applications are welcome from self-motivated graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative, adaptability, and flexibility needed to assistant-teach in early childhood, elementary and, in a few cases, high schools.

Galicia ETAs: Applications are welcome from self-motivated graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative, adaptability, and flexibility needed to assistant-teach mostly in high schools and, in a few cases, in elementary schools.

Asturias ETAs: Applications are welcome from self-motivated graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative, adaptability, and flexibility needed to assistant-teach in both elementary and high schools.

Canary Islands ETAs: Applications are welcome from self-motivated graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative, adaptability, and flexibility needed to assistant-teach in early childhood and elementary schools

Other Spain ETAs: Applications are welcome from self-motivated graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative, adaptability and flexibility needed to assistant-teach in early childhood, elementary or high schools and universities.

IE ETAs: Applications are welcome from graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative and flexibility needed to assistant-teach at the university level. More mature candidates with excellent writing skills, some teaching experience, and/or writing tutoring experience are highly preferred.

UCJC ETAs: Applications are welcome from graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative and flexibility needed to assistant-teach at the university level. More mature candidates with a Master’s degree, excellent writing skills, some teaching experience, and/or writing tutoring experience are highly preferred.

UMA ETAs: Applications are welcome from graduating seniors and recent graduates with the initiative and flexibility needed to assistant-teach at the university level. More mature candidates with a Master’s degree, excellent writing skills, some teaching experience, and/or writing tutoring experience are highly preferred.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Intermediate Spanish language proficiency is not necessary in the schools but is required for better assimilation into daily life. Advanced Spanish would be particularly useful for the university placements, although applicants with intermediate Spanish will be considered. 

Applicants are required to include the Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation in their Fulbright Online Application to demonstrate their Spanish language skills.

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Madrid ETAs: ETAs will assist permanent teaching staff at secondary schools for up to 16 classroom hours per week, plus up to an additional 2 hours per week for planning and coordination meetings. Additionally, Global Classrooms (Model UN) preparation requires attendance to regular training sessions.

Responsibilities include assistant-teaching, in English, subjects such as social studies, science and technology, art, physical education, English language, and in some cases, English conversation classes with school staff.

Placements will be based on the academic and extracurricular profiles of the selected candidate and the secondary school’s needs. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include relevant extracurricular activities, including information about the age groups with which the applicant has worked.

For the first five or six months of the grant, ETAs will prepare students for the Global Classrooms (Model UN) project and will participate in the proceedings. ETAs may also be involved in special projects designed by the regional co-sponsor. ETAs do not assume full teaching responsibility (they are not the main classroom teacher) and should be prepared to: serve as resource persons in conversation groups; provide small group tutorials; serve as attendants in language laboratories; and, on occasion, give presentations related to American culture at extracurricular events.

All ETAs will be required to complete a training module (MOOC) designed by the Comunidad de Madrid from October to February.

All schools are placed in the Madrid region, but some of them are located in the outskirts or in small towns. In some instances, commuting time from Madrid city center may be more than one hour. Specific school placements will not be finalized until after the grant has been accepted.

La Rioja ETAs: ETAs will assist permanent teaching staff at early childhood, elementary and secondary schools for up to 16 classroom hours per week, plus up to an additional 2 hours per week for planning and coordination meetings. Responsibilities include assistant-teaching, in English, subjects such as social studies, science and technology, art, physical education, English language, and in some cases, English conversation classes with school staff.

Placements will be based on the academic and extracurricular profiles of the selected candidate and the school's needs. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include relevant extracurricular activities, including information about the age groups with which the applicant has worked.

ETAs may also be involved in special projects designed by the regional co-sponsor or the school. ETAs do not assume full teaching responsibility (they are not the main classroom teacher) and should be prepared to: serve as resource persons in conversation groups; provide small group tutorials; serve as attendants in language laboratories; design motivational activities; promote critical and scientific thinking; and, on occasion, give presentations related to American culture at extracurricular events.

All schools are placed in the La Rioja region, some in larger towns such as Logrono (152,000 inhabitants), Calahorra (25,000) and Haro (12,000), while others are located in nearby smaller towns and villages such as Domingo de la Calzada (6,000). Depending on the number of students in each school, ETAs should be prepared to teach in one or two different schools placed in the same location or in a location nearby. Specific school placements will not be finalized until after the grant has been accepted.

Galicia ETAs: ETAs will assist permanent teaching staff at plurilingual elementary schools, high schools, and vocational training schools (formación profesional), for up to 16 classroom hours per week, plus up to an additional 2 hours per week for planning and coordination meetings. Responsibilities include assistant-teaching, in English, subjects such as science and technology, social studies, art, physical education, English language, and in some cases, English conversation classes with school staff.

Placements will be based on the academic and extracurricular profiles of the selected candidate and the high school's needs. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include relevant extracurricular activities, including information about the age groups with which the applicant has worked.

ETAs may also be involved in special projects designed by the regional co-sponsor or the school. ETAs do not assume full teaching responsibility (they are not the main classroom teacher) and should be prepared to: serve as resource persons in conversation groups; provide small group tutorials; serve as attendants in language laboratories; design motivational activities; promote critical and scientific thinking; and, on occasion, give presentations related to American culture at extracurricular events.

All schools are plurilingual (Spanish / Galician / English) and work with the CLIL methodology. They are located in urban areas of the region of Galicia in northwestern Spain, either in cities such as Vigo (300,000 inhabitants); A Coruna (250,000); Ourense, Lugo or Santiago de Compostela (around 100,000); Pontevedra (80,000) or Ferrol (70,000); or in small towns near said cities. Depending on the number of students in each school, ETAs should be prepared to teach in one or two different schools placed in the same location or in a location nearby. Specific school placements will not be finalized until after the grant has been accepted. 

 

Asturias ETAs: ETAs will assist teaching staff at elementary, middle, or high schools for 16 classroom hours per week, plus 2 hours per week for planning and coordination meetings. Responsibilities include assistant-teaching in English as a foreign language and assistant-teaching in English in subjects such as social studies, science, technology, arts and crafts, and physical education.

ETAs may be involved in special projects designed by the regional co-sponsor. ETAs do not assume full teaching responsibility (they are not the main classroom teacher) and should be prepared to: take part in collaborative teaching activities; serve as resource persons in conversation groups; serve as attendants in language laboratories; and give presentations related to American studies in classes or events organized by the regional Education Department.

Placements will be based on the academic and extracurricular profiles of the selected candidate and the schools’ needs. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include relevant extracurricular activities, including information about the age groups with which the applicant has worked.

All the schools are placed in the Principality of Asturias. They can be elementary, middle or high schools. Some of them are located in small rural areas with a small number of students. Depending on the size of the school and on the number of students, ETAs should be prepared to teach in one or two different schools placed in the same village or in villages nearby, which may involve flexibility in teaching different levels. In some instances, commuting from the biggest cities in Asturias can take more than an hour. Specific school placements will not be finalized until after the grant has been accepted.

Canary Islands ETAs: ETAs will assist permanent teaching staff for 16 classroom hours per week, plus an additional 2 hours per week for planning and coordination meetings. ETAs will be placed in early childhood and elementary schools and will mainly assist English language teachers working with children from 3 to 5 years old, although they may also be required to assist with students from 6 to 12 years old.

Placements will be based on the academic and extracurricular profiles of the selected candidate and the school's needs. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include relevant extracurricular activities, including information about the age groups with which the applicant has worked.

ETAs may also be involved in special projects designed by the regional co-sponsor or the school. ETAs do not assume full teaching responsibility (they are not the main classroom teacher) and should be prepared to: assist in the design of motivational activities, promote oral communication; and, on occasion, introduce American culture at cross-curricular events. 

All schools are placed in the Canary Islands. There are eight islands that form two provinces: Santa Cruz (Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro) and Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and La Graciosa.) Some of the schools are located in cities and others in small rural areas; some are located on larger islands, such as Tenerife (894,636 inhabitants) and Gran Canaria (850,390 inhabitants); while others are located in smaller towns, villages, and islands, such as El Hierro (10,162 inhabitants) or La Graciosa (750 inhabitants). Depending on the number of students in each school, ETAs should be prepared to teach in one or two different schools placed in the same location or in a location nearby. Specific school placements will not be finalized until after the grant has been accepted.

Other Spain ETAs: ETAs will assist permanent teaching staff at early childhood, elementary, or high schools and universities for up to 16 classroom hours per week, plus up to an additional 2 hours per week for planning and coordination meetings. Responsibilities include assistant-teaching, in English, subjects such as social studies, science and technology, art, physical education, English language and, in some cases, English conversation classes with school staff.

Placements will be based on the academic and extracurricular profiles of the selected candidate and the school's needs. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include relevant extracurricular activities.

ETAs may also be involved in special projects designed by the regional co-sponsor or the school, design motivational activities, and promote critical and scientific thinking.

Schools are located throughout Spain, both in urban and rural areas. Depending on the number of students in each school, ETAs should be prepared to teach in one or two different schools placed in the same location or in a location nearby. 

Please clearly indicate your preferences regarding age group (early childhood, elementary, high school or university) and geographic location (urban or rural areas) in your application.

The Spanish region and specific school placements will not be finalized until after the grant has been accepted.

IE ETAs: ETAs will assist Writing Center and teaching staff at IE University for up to 16 hours per week, plus 2 hours per week dedicated to planning and coordination meetings. ETAs’ primary role will be to lead the Writing Center (virtually and in person on each campus), overseen by the Writing Skills Coordinator. Responsibilities at the Writing Center include offering support for the Writing Skills subjects which all first-year students must take within their degree programs, the Language Proficiency Track (English-language support courses taught by various professors on each campus for high level ESL first-year students), tutoring IE students in writing and research skills, and leading the organization of the 3-Minute Thesis competition in the spring. ETAs’ other responsibilities include teaching English conversation classes for IE University staff (in coordination with the main professor),and developing and conducting writing and research skills workshops for general or specific groups of students throughout the year.

ETAs may be also involved in special projects designed by the co-sponsor. ETAs do not assume full teaching responsibility of academic undergraduate courses but should be prepared to: take part in collaborative teaching activities in English and Academic Writing classes; lead staff/professor conversation groups on both campuses (Madrid and Segovia); and work with Academic Writing students who need extra help on a one-on-one basis during tutoring hours (by appointment or walk-in).

IE is an international university in Spain. All students at IE study their degree programs wholly in English (https://www.ie.edu). Some students who still need to hone their English skills may study an additional pre-degree Language Proficiency English track summer program and then continue with additional support in English during the first year of study. English is the lingua franca at IE, but it is a generic, international English (neither predominantly British nor American). However, most students are at least bilingual, and many are polyglots who already speak/live/study in multiple languages. The IE student body is extremely international with about 70% international students from 100 countries and the other 30% Spanish students.

Selection will be based on the University’s needs and the academic and professional experience and extracurricular profile of the selected candidate. Applicants submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include relevant extracurricular activities.  The ability to be pro-active and take initiative while functioning as part of a tightly knit, extremely coordinated team is essential.

IE University has two campuses, in Madrid and Segovia. Madrid is a typical city campus while Segovia is a more traditional campus in a beautiful, more provincial setting. TAs will be placed either in Madrid or in Segovia and may be asked to travel between campuses for meetings, classes, etc. Travel between campuses will be covered by the Fulbright Commission.

UCJC ETAs: ETAs will assist UCJC staff and students for 16 hours per week, plus an additional 2 hours per week dedicated to coordination meetings. ETAs do not assume full teaching responsibility of undergraduate courses within any degree program (he or she will never be the main classroom teacher) but should be prepared to: assist teaching staff, take part in collaborative teaching activities in English, lead staff/professor conversation groups or workshops, work with students who need extra help during tutoring hours, create and proofread didactic materials for lessons, facilitate extracurricular activities (such as The International Club or GoFlow Yoga in English), support The Hive (a multidisciplinary teaching program), or participate in other special projects designed by UCJC.

UCJC is a private Spanish university which has been operating since the year 2000. UCJC´s main campus, located in Madrid-Villafranca del Castillo (in Madrid but outside of the city center), offers Bachelor’s degrees in three integrated faculties: Communication & Humanities, Education & Health, and Technology & Science. UCJC´s Madrid city center campus, Campus Almagro, is the headquarters for UCJC´s Graduate School and a few select Bachelor´s degree programs. All UCJC ETAs should be prepared to collaborate primary on UCJC´s main campus (in Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid).

The ETA profile we seek is linked to our undergraduate degree programs, which offer courses taught in both English and Spanish. Approximately half of all the courses in our undergraduate International degrees (Urban Management, Digital Arts, Communications, and Business & Technology) are taught 100% in English. Meanwhile, select courses in our undergraduate National degrees are taught in a bilingual manner (partially in Spanish and partially in English).

Selection will be based on the University’s needs as well as the academic, professional, and extracurricular profile of each candidate. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests, as well as any relevant extracurricular activities.

The specific ETA profiles that we seek at UCJC are as follows:

Faculty of Technology & Science

  • ETA Profile:
    • Majors/minors/experience in Architecture, Urban Design/Planning, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Smart Cities, Transport & Logistics, or related fields.
      • Target Bachelor's Degree Programs at UCJC: Urban Management or Transport & Logistics
  • ETA profile:
    • Majors/minors/experience in Digital Arts, Computer Science, Programming, Information Technology, Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Audio-Visual Production, Film, or related fields.
      • Target Bachelor´s Degree Programs at UCJC: Digital Arts, Communications, Business & Technology, or Film
  • ETA Profile:

    • Majors/minors/experience in Economics, Business, International Business, Finance, Accounting, or related fields.

      • Target Bachelor´s Degree Programs at UCJC: Business & Technology

 Faculty of Communication & Humanities

  • ETA Profile:
    • Majors/minors/experience in Communications, Marketing, Media, International Relations, Emotional Intelligence, Event Management, Event Production, or related fields.
      • Target Bachelor's Degree Programs at UCJC: Communications or Protocol & Event Management
  •  ETA Profile:
    • Majors/minors/experience in Law, International Relations, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Human Rights, or related fields.
      • Target Bachelor's Degree Programs at UCJC: Law, Criminology, Psychology, or Protocol & Event Management

Faculty of Education & Health

  • ETA Profile: 
    • Majors/minors in Education, English as a Second Language, Developmental Psychology, Sociology, or related fields.
      • Target Bachelor's Degree Programs at UCJC: Infant Education, Primary Education, or Psychology
  • ETA Profile:
    • Majors/minors/experience in Public Health, Nursing, Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Physical Activity & Health, Biology, Nutrition, Clinical Psychology, Medicine, or related fields.
      •  Target Bachelor´s Degree Programs at UCJC: Nursing, Physiotherapy, Sports Science, or Psychology

UMA ETAs: ETAs will assist teaching staff, conduct academic writing skills workshops, and tutor students at UMA for 16 classroom hours per week, plus an additional 2 hours per week dedicated to coordination meetings.

Responsibilities include supporting the lecturer, particularly in encouraging the students to participate in oral communication activities and motivating students to learn relevant terminology of the subject field and use it in idiomatically in different written formats (reports, essays, etc.). They may also be required to assist with the preparation of resource material for lessons, as indicated by the subject teacher.

Selection will be based on the University’s needs and the academic and professional experience and extracurricular profile of the selected candidate. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include relevant extracurricular activities.

ETAs may be involved in special projects designed by UMA. ETAs do not assume full teaching responsibility and should be prepared to: take part in collaborative teaching activities in English; lead staff/professor conversation groups; work with students who need extra help on a one-on-one basis during tutoring hours; create and proofread didactic materials for lessons and give support to the coordinator of the courses taught in English.

The University of Málaga is a public Spanish University which has been operating since the year 1972. It has two main campuses (El Ejido and Teatinos). 40 years after its founding, UMA has more than 35,000 students, 58 Bachelor's Programmes, 53 Master's Programmes, 278 research groups and 45 registered patents in 2011. At present, the UMA remains highly committed to making scientific development and innovation the grounds on which social progress rests. The efforts made to promote mobility and attract international talent have stood out in the recent years, resulting in an open and cosmopolitan university involved in top-level research projects.

Ineligibility

Candidates with dual U.S./Spanish citizenship, or candidates residing in Spain at the time of application or any time thereafter, are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Spain.

Special Application Instructions

Applicants must clearly state their preferences for placement type in the first sentence of the Statement of Grant Purpose. Please specify:

- If you would only accept placement in a specific region or, alternatively, your order of preference- Your preferences regarding age group (elementary, middle or high school, or university)  - Your preferences regarding geographic location (urban or rural areas)

Your preferences will be taken into consideration, although acceptance and placement will ultimately be determined by the Commission and the co-sponsors in accordance with each program's needs.

Supplementary Project

All ETAs are expected to undertake independent projects, especially those involving community service, after school hours. Applicants should briefly describe the project or activity in which they will engage outside of ETA responsibilities in their Statements of Grant Purpose. Specify the project, activities, or clubs to engage in outside of ETA responsibilities.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.es

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Academic Advising Office