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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

The grant period is from September 2021 to June 2022.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant.

Arrival Orientation


An in-country orientation is arranged by the Embassy for all grantees upon arrival to Estonia.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate would be someone self-driven with a strong commitment to community service. Candidates who already possess a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences, with a focus on English, American studies, or education will be preferred, although anyone with experience in mentoring, teaching or working with youth will be strongly considered. 

Teaching assistant activities may include: 1) serving as a resource person in conversation groups; 2) providing small group tutorials; 3) assisting students with reading and written English; 4) giving presentations related to American studies in English classes and to school/civic organizations; 5) preparing and organizing American culture-related activities, including movie nights and holiday celebrations; 6) starting and running English language clubs; 7) educational community activities in cooperation with the Embassy; and 8) other tasks developed in cooperation with the Embassy and/or the host institution.

Previous teaching experience and/or TESL/TESOL certification is not required, but is helpful. Applicants must be fluent English speakers. In addition, the ETA program in Estonia has a research and community service component, and close collaboration with U.S. Embassy run programs and initiatives is expected.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Language proficiency is not required, but is encouraged.

Russian is spoken in certain regions.

Placement Type

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Grantees may be placed in universities, schools or other venues where English language instruction is needed. Applicants may indicate a host institution preference, but the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy will seek the most appropriate placements. Grantees will likely be placed outside of the capital.

Grantees will assist an experienced English instructor(s) and will serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, and reading and writing courses. Grantees may also be involved with some educational advising and outreach. Grantee hours and responsibilities will be discussed with the PAS and finalized prior to or upon arrival in Estonia.

Visa Requirements

In order to obtain legal residency in Estonia all applicants need to be ready to secure a D-type visa through the Estonian Embassy prior to embarking on the program in Estonia. The application needs to be coordinated with the Embassy and the host institution in Estonia to obtain necessary paperwork on behalf of the hosts.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Jane Susi