Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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20 Fulbright/English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

The English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program in Turkey is administered by the Turkish Fulbright Commission and partners with participating state universities. The responsibilities and duties assigned to the ETAs will vary from university to university. Placements will most likely be in Ankara.

Grant Period

9 Months

ETAs are expected to arrive in Turkey in late August/early September for the Orientation Program.

The ETA Program begins in mid-September and ends in mid-June.

ETAs will be required to attend the two-week in-country Orientation Program in late August/early September. This will consist of a variety of activities including lectures on Turkey, Turkish culture, and English language teaching methods, rules and regulations of the ETA Program, as well as an introductory Turkish language course.

ETAs are also required to attend the Mid-Year Evaluation Meeting in late February.

All expenses during both meetings are covered by the Turkish Fulbright Commission.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidates at the Bachelor's and Master's level are eligible to apply. Applicants should be open-minded, committed, flexible and able to take the initiative. Preference will be given to graduating seniors and recent graduates in the field of Education (including TESOL and TEFL), the Humanities, Social Sciences, English Language and Literature, and American Studies. 

Candidates should be committed to teaching and learning about different cultures. Additionally, they should be self-sufficient and able to think and act independently. Previous teaching experience or completion of a teaching certificate is helpful, but not required. Successful candidates should be able to lead classes with minimal guidance and serve as cultural interpreters of the United States for their Turkish students and colleagues. Selected candidates will be working as full time teachers at their host universities. 

Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study and/or career interests and include relevant extracurricular activities. Research proposals are not required; however, applicants may propose small research projects as long as they do not conflict with assigned classroom responsibilities.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Knowledge of Turkish may be helpful.

Applicants must be native speakers of English or posses native level of proficicency. Knowledge of and experience teaching English is helpful.

An introductory Turkish language course is provided during the Orientation Program. In addition, ETAs can attend Turkish language courses arranged by their host universities during their grant periods.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

ETAs will be placed through a process of random selection after they have been accepted to the Program. ETAs will be assigned no more than 21 classroom contact hours per week teaching English (with a focus on Speaking/Listening Skills). ETAs are expected to spend an equivalent amount of time preparing for class, assisting with extra-curricular activities, attending departmental meetings and helping with other activities at the university. These duties and hours will vary, depending on the university's needs. 


Candidates with dual U.S.-Turkish citizenship will not be considered. 


Housing arrangements will be made with the help of the host university. Some universities may offer housing to grantees on their campuses, but most ETAs rent apartments in their host cities.

ETAs will pay their housing expenses from the stipends provided according to the agreements with their host universities.

Visa Requirements

All candidates are required to obtain a Work Visa (Çalışma Vizesi) from a Turkish Embassy/Consulate in the United States prior to their arrival in Turkey. The Turkish Embassy/Consulate will be informed by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the names of the Fulbright ETA Program participants to ease the visa application process. 


ETAs may bring their dependents, but the program cannot provide them with any financial or logistical support (visas, residency permits, etc.). 


Dependent support is not available

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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.