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90 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, 2019 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

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 native English-speakers and need to be adaptable, flexible, and independent, and need to 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, Hualien, Kaohsiung, Kinmen, Taichung, Taitung, Taipei, and Yilan.


  • Candidates currently residing in Taiwan (or those who will be living in Taiwan during the 2018-2019 academic year) will not be considered.
  • 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, 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 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. ETAs are placed in schools located in Yilan County in northern Taiwan, in Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan, in Taichung City in central Taiwan, in Taitung County in south east Taiwan, in Hualien County in eastern coast of Taiwan, in Kinmen County on an outlying island of Taiwan, and in Changhua County in the mid-western part of Taiwan. Other assignments may also be made. 

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 between Taiwan and the U.S. This service work is in the assigned host community - making connections person-to-person and genuinely contributing to communities for the better.

All development 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, town, village, and/or island. Also, as for the service project, please describe what type of work you enjoy. Contrubute 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 and 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