Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Algeria

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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Award Profile

The Fulbright Program in Algeria seeks to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Algeria, and U.S. Fulbright grantees to Algeria will find a dynamic and rewarding environment in which to teach.  Algeria is the largest country on the African continent, with a diverse Arab and Berber population of 40 million and a mixed Arabic-Darija-Berber-French language environment.  As the government seeks to diversify its economy beyond the oil and gas sectors, it is increasingly looking to the United States and other countries for expertise in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), business administration, education, and English-teaching.  Algeria’s large youth population is turning its attention toward American culture and recognizes the value of English as a global language. This trend is supported in large measure by the Algerian Ministries of National Education and Higher Education and Scientific Research, as well as university and school administrators.  Given this environment and Algerian's seeming insatiable appetite for English-language learning, Algeria can be a very rewarding teaching experience for motivated, flexible, and adventurous English Teaching Assistants (ETA).

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates correspond with the academic year in Algeria, early October through late June or early July.  The grant period begins with an orientation at the U.S. Embassy.  ETAs are required to attend and participate in the orientation.  The academic year in Algeria is from October to July - with administrators reporting in September - and includes three terms:  October through December, January through March, and April through early-July.  There are two two-week breaks in winter and spring, and the calendar may be adjusted around Islamic holidays.  Algeria operates on a Sunday to Thursday work week.  However, even though the government has opened new universities to accommodate a surge in the university-aged population, over-crowding at some schools means that classes are taught on Saturdays as well.  Students, faculty, or administration-led strikes are not uncommon as forms of collective action to draw attention to or advance priorities on certain issues.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in June 2019 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

Applicants at all degree levels will be considered; however, priority will be given to applicants with a Master's degree or higher. Applicants possessing appropriate language facility and previous cross-cultural experience will find their teaching and living in Algeria more effectively accomplished and their Fulbright experience enhanced.  Applicants should be knowledgeable of global issues, resourceful, tolerant, and flexible. They must be understanding and respectful of cultural nuances as well as security realities.  They must demonstrate the initiative, leadership, and confidence required to advance the teaching of their subject in a foreign setting. Previous study, work, or travel experience in North Africa or the Middle East and some familiarity with Arab and Islamic culture is preferred. A working knowledge of either French or Arabic is a 'must' to function in the communities and better communicate with universities.  The Maghrebi dialect 'Darija' (Algerian, Moroccan, or Tunisian) can be more helpful for daily life than Modern Standard Arabic.  All fields of study will be considered, but preference is given to studies related to English, English education, bilingual education, linguistics, U.S. studies and American civilization including history and literature.  Given this environment and Algerians' seeming insatiable appetite for English-language learning, Algeria can be a very rewarding teaching experience for motivated, flexible, and adventurous ETAs.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information:   Previous study, work, or travel experience in North Africa or the Middle East and some familiarity with Arab and Islamic culture is preferred.

A working knowledge of either French or Arabic is a 'must'  to function in the communities and better communicate with universities.  The Maghrebi dialect “Darija” (Algerian, Moroccan, or Tunisian) can be more helpful for daily life than Modern Standard Arabic.  No language instruction is provided by the Embassy, but ETAs may seek a tutor or enroll in language courses at the grantee’s expense.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

The U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section (PAS) manages the Fulbright Program in Algeria. The Embassy negociates ETA placements with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, which has central authority over all aspects of higher education in the country. Details of assignment are subject to communication between the Public Affairs Section and the host institution, based on the host institution’s needs and the academic profile and teaching experience of the selected candidate. Applicants needing more information about the higher education system, specific institutions, class loads, and potential contacts should email Suemayah Abu-Douleh, Cultural Affairs Officer abu-doulehSM@STATE.GOV or Nadia Ouhenia, Cultural Affairs Assistant ouhenianx@state.gov.

The ETA role with the host institution takes precedence over any secondary project. Secondary duties will include leading a regular schedule of English language or U.S.-related activities at the American Cultural Center in Algiers, located in the U.S. Embassy, and/or leading activities in Embassy-sponsored American Corners, currently in Oran, Constantine, and Ourgala, as travel and security allows.

Nature of Assignment

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Algerian universities by providing up to 25 hours per week of assistance to permanent teaching staff. At the same time, U.S. participants gain from the intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational opportunities.

Additional Dependent Information

The Embassy is a fully accompanied post.  For grantees with school-aged children, the recently-opened American International School of Algiers (AISA) can accomodate students up to sixth grade in English-medium education at the grantee's expense. Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents should contact Nadia Ouhenia, Cultural Affairs Assistant, ouhenianx@state.gov. or Cultural Affaires Officer, Suemayah Abu-Douleh, abu-doulehsm@state.gov. for more information.  

Security Information

Though the capital city Algiers is generally considered safe and embassy staff does travel to other cities, travel outside the capital is subject to review of the security environment at the time of travel. Please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Algeria for more details. Final awards and placements will be contingent upon a further evaluation of the security situation in Algeria. All Fulbright grantees must sign an agreement to abide by security and travel guidelines for Algeria.

Contact(s)

When emailing Nadia Ouhenia (see the "Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact" section below), be sure to also include the Embassy's Cultural Affairs Officer Suemayah Abu-Douleh.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://dz.usembassy.gov

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Nadia Ouhenia

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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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 could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

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 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. 

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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. Professor

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