Fulbright U.S. Student Program

South Africa

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English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

ETAs to South Africa are required to begin their grants in the spring of 2020, in order to attend the mandatory in-country group orientation provided by the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria.

Pre-Departure Orientation


As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2019.

Candidate Profile

Graduating seniors or graduate students considering careers in education who have a degree in English, education or TEFL/applied linguistics and have experience teaching or tutoring will be considered. Other fields will be considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Candidates with the ability to incorporate or organize extra-curricular activities – in music, art, dance, and/or sports – are preferred. Candidates with an interest in African languages, culture, and history are also encouraged to apply.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Placement will be made by the U.S. Embassy at high schools or, in rare occasions, when the applicant has an advanced degree, at universities.  Applicants are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy’s Regional English Language Office if they have questions. 

Approximately 25 hours per week assisting English high school teachers in their classrooms, plus requisite class preparation time and school-related activities, are expected. English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but will not (and should not) be responsible for teaching.

Responsibilities may include giving presentations on topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, and/or encouraging learners to communicate in English. ETAs may also assist in improving the English academic reading and writing skills of learners for whom English is both a second (considered ‘additional’) language, and the medium of instruction at school.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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 could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student 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 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. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.