Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
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. 

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates correspond with the academic year in Algeria, late September 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 and includes three terms:  October through December, January through March, and April through early-July.  There are two two-week breaks; one in winter and one in 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 institutions means that classes are taught on Saturdays as well.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in June or July 2018 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be knowledgeable of global issues and be articulate, resourceful, tolerant, flexible, and above all mature. They must be understanding and respectful of cultural nuances and be prepared to live and work responsibly in an environment where good security practices are imperative.  They must demonstrate the initiative, leadership, and confidence required to assist with the teaching of English in a foreign setting. A master’s degree and some teaching experience is preferred. Preference may be given to candidates who are interested in international education and teaching. All fields of study will be considered, but preference may be given to studies related to English, English education, bilingual education, linguistics, U.S. studies and American civilization including history and literature, communications/journalism, or international relations.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information:  Applicants must be articulate native English speakers. 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 helpful to navigate universities and communities, and to avoid social isolation.  French or the Maghrebi dialect “Darija” (Algerian, Moroccan, or Tunisian) is 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) matches grantees with appropriate universities in the capital city of Algiers. The Embassy negotiates 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. 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 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 currently is a partially unaccompanied post; as such, Embassy dependents under the age of 12 are permitted to reside at post. For grantees with school-aged children, the recently-opened American school can accommodate students up to sixth grade in English-medium education at the grantee’s expense.

Security Information

Though the capital city Algiers is generally considered safe and embassy staff does travel to other cities, travel outside the capital may be delayed or advised against on occasion due to the security environment.  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. All Fulbright grantees must sign an agreement to abide by security and travel guidelines while in Algeria.


When emailing Nadia Ouhenia (see the "Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact" section below), be sure to also include the Embassy's Cultural Affairs Specialist for English Programs, Lamia Lachtar, on the message. Applicants may also reach out to Cultural Affairs Officer Suemayah Abu-Douleh.


Dependent support is available

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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.


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. 



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.