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 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.
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 the 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. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.


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12 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

ETAs will be assigned as language learning assistants working for 20-24 hours per week, excluding time spent lesson planning. Although ETAs are not full-fledged teachers, the program is designed as a professional development opportunity for advancement of teaching and leadership skills that will prepare ETAs for their future careers.

The ETA program is relatively new to the Netherlands, with the first cohort of ETAs accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. The ETA program currently has a research component in affiliation with a university of applied science, in which the ETAs complete a research project related to the broader subject of internationalization and the international classroom. At the end of the year, ETAs present their research at a symposium.

It is uncertain whether the ETA program in the Netherlands will continue to have a research component in 2020-2021. This may not be known until after the application deadline, but acceptance into the program will not be based on how candidates approach the research in their essays.

On addressing the research in the application: Even if the research component remains, it is not necessary for applicants to write a research proposal. Applications should focus primarily on detailing one’s teaching experience and motivation for teaching in Dutch schools. Enthusiasm and an openness to the possibility of research would suffice; however, as previously mentioned, this will not affect the selection decision.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grants will begin in late August and conclude in June. Grantees will be required to attend an in-country orientation in August.

An accepted ETA’s first responsibility is to the Fulbright program and the Dutch host school to which they are assigned. All personal international travel unrelated to the grant is to be kept to a minimum to honor the full-time nature of grants. Requests for travel outside of the Netherlands must coincide with school holidays and must be approved of in advance by both the Fulbright Commission and the assigned host school. Potential candidates should not apply for or accept the ETA award unless they are able to commit fully to the calendar of activities at their host school.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Well-rounded and qualified U.S. Bachelor's and Master's graduates from all fields of study are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with previous teaching experience, plans to pursue a career in education, and/or a degree in Education, TESOL, ESL, English, Applied Linguistics, or other similar fields. Applicants without teaching degrees are strongly encouraged to develop a working knowledge of basic pedagogical concepts and/or complete a TESOL course prior to arrival. Applicants should be enthusiastic, highly motivated, dedicated, and flexible in order to successfully work with a team of teachers in several different classroom settings.

Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate an understanding of, and interest in, modern Dutch culture and society.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Dutch language proficiency is not required, but is useful at the time of arrival. Some study of Dutch prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Grantees may be placed in one or two primary schools, secondary schools, middle vocational training schools and/or universities of applied science throughout the Netherlands, and this placement does not change throughout the year. Most schools only have one ETA. Placements are determined during the selection process and are not changeable. The Fulbright Commission collaborates with host schools to match grantees to their school placements.


U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch citizenship will not be considered.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Rose Bishop