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109 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
11 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

11 Months

All grantees must begin their grants on August 1, 2020 in order to attend a four-week pre-service training. The school year runs from late August through June 30th.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Graduating seniors, recent graduates, and master's candidates who are interested in assisting local English teachers at elementary or junior high schools in Taiwan will be considered. Applicants from all majors are welcome but Education majors are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must be fluent English-speakers and need to be adaptable, flexible, and independent, and enjoy working with children. Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: No Chinese language skills are required. All classroom instruction is in English. Mandarin study in Taiwan is highly encouraged.

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Grantees will assist local English teachers at elementary or junior high schools in the following areas of Taiwan: Changhua County, Hualien County, Kaohsiung City, Kinmen County, Taichung City, Taitung County, Taipei City, Yilan County, and Yunlin County.


  • Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living in Taiwan during the 2019-2020 academic year) will not be considered.
  • A candidate who has lived outside the United States for five or more years in the six-year period preceeding the date of application will be ineligible.
  • Individuals with dual U.S.-Taiwanese citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible.

Health Disclosure & Eligibility

In compliance with Taiwanese government regulations regarding heath and employment in the school systems and classrooms, all candidates must indicate in their applications if they suffer from any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English. Strict adherence to these regulations is MANDATORY. Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant. Fulbright applicants must include Medical Disclosures for applicable medical conditions at the end of the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Individuals with the following conditions cannot be placed in Taiwanese classrooms:

  • Visual impairments (conditions that cannot be corrected by glasses/contact lenses)
  • Hearing impairments above 40dB
  • HIV/AIDS infection, AIDS

In addition to the aforementioned conditions, other conditions that must be noted but are not necessarily disqualifying include, but are not limited to:

  • Conditions worsened by stress such as: epilepsy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.
  • Severe food allergies including, but not limited to: nuts, shellfish, beans

Nature of Assignment

English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are placed full-time in one or more elementary schools or junior high schools, usually assisting local English teachers. A few may teach independently. They are in school 35 hours per week. although only about 20 hours are actually spent in the classroom. Other work can include: consulting with teachers on American cultural issues and assisting in the editing or writing of educational materials for English teaching. 

Also, all ETAs are required to have a service project during the grant period. ETAs can share their skills, learn from others, affect the lives of others, and experience the joy of serving people from many different cultures. This service work is in the assigned host community - making person-to-person connections and genuinely contributing to making their communities better.

All the projects are organized to help deliver essential services identified by local coordinators.

Note: To assist in placement, candidates should indicated preferences in the Statement of Grant Purpose for any or all of the following: elementary school, junior high school, rural area, urban area, minority area, underprivileged area, large city, samll city, village, and/or island. Also, as for the service project, please describe what type of work you enjoy. Contribute to a project that employs your professional skills or try something new. Preferences are taken into considereation, but final assignments are based on the needs of the program.

Independent Study

No research or independent study is required. ETA awards are not study/research awards, and teaching takes most of the grantee's time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Taiwan, how being an ETA has some relevance to what they have done so far, what they would like to do in the future, and how to make it a memorable cultural experience.


The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) makes arrangement for housing.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website