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145 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, 2021 in order to attend a four-week pre-service training. The school year runs from September through June.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Candidate Profile

Graduating seniors, recent graduates, and master's candidates who are eligible. You must be willing to assist local English teachers mainly in elementary schools, junior high schools, or a few high schools, but some may also teach independently. Candidates must be fluent English-speakers and need to be adaptable, flexible, independents, and enjoy working with young students. Teaching experience or experience working with young students is preferred, but not required.

ALL MAJORS: Applicants from all majors are encouraged to apply. Education majors are especially appropriate.

CERTIFIED TEACHERS: Applicants with teacher certification are very welcome. Instead of co-teaching, the grantees with teaching certificates may teach independently and may participate in teaching English in non-language subjects such as math, science, music, physical education, or art.

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

Secondary School

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


  • Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living in Taiwan during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered.
  • A candidate who has lived outside the United States for five or more consecutive 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 health and employment in the school systems, 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, junior high schools, or high schools, usually assisting local English teachers. A few may teach independently. The ETAs are in school 35 hours per week, although only about 20 hours are actually spent in the classroom. This varies by placement. Other responsibilities may include: consulting with teachers on American cultural issues and assisting in the editing or writing of educational materials for English teaching.

All ETAs are also required to have a service project during the grant period. ETAs share their skills, learn from others, affect the lives of others, and experience the joy of serving people from different cultures. This service work is in the assigned host community - making person-to-person connections and genuinely contributing to making their communities better. Projects are organized to help deliver services identified by local coordinators.

Note: To assist in placement, candidates should indicate preferences in the Statement of Grant Purpose for any or all of the following: elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, rural areas, urban areas, minority areas, underprivileged areas, large city, small city, town, village, and/or island. Also for the service project, please describe what type of activities you enjoy, and can contribute to a project that employs your professional skills. Preferences are taken into consideration, 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 arrangements for housing.

Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for more financial information.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website