Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Timor-Leste

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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Grant Period

9 Months

Grants begin in January with a mandatory orientation in Dili, Timor-Leste. The school year begins in January and runs through October. 

ETA co-teaching duties will finish at the end of September, with the final month of the grant period spent carrying out English language activities at the U.S. Embassy’s American Space, ‘UmaAmerika’. This is an American-style research and cultural center that provides information about American education, organizes cultural and information programs about the United States, and supports the study and teaching of English.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2018 as a condition of their grant.

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be mature and articulate individuals who are prepared to operate in a challenging environment with living standards that are not as high as those in the U.S. or those in the major cities of Southeast Asia. Applicants must be willing to take on either an urban (Dili) or rural (provinces) placement.  Candidates must be native English-speakers and need to be self-motivated, resourceful, flexible, independent, and outgoing, and prepared to manage with limited resources. Undergraduate or Master’s degrees with a focus on English, American Studies, or Education are preferred.  Prior teaching or tutoring experience will be helpful, and experience working with ESL/EFL learners is preferred.

Candidates with an interest in teaching conversational English at high school or university level will be considered.  Living standards are not as high as those in the U.S. or other cities of Southeast Asia, so candidates should exhibit the ability to adapt and be flexible. 

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: ETAs will be given training in basic Tetum during the orientation in Dili. In line with the program's objectives, English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are expected to speak only English in their assigned schools.

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees will be placed at either a high school or university setting and work with English teachers to provide conversational English and/or integrate English language courses.  A brief description of preference can be highlighted in the statement of purpose.  University placement will be in the capital of Dili, Timor-Leste.  High school placement may be in Dili or in a rural setting.  Grantees will serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, reading, writing, and American cultural topics.

Schools in Timor-Leste are very crowded and lack conveniences such as air conditioning, hot water, gyms, and Western food. All ETAs will have access to internet connectivity. Candidates must be willing to adapt to local living conditions.

Ineligibility

Candidates currently residing in Timor-Leste (or those who will be living there during the 2017-2018 academic year) will not be considered.

Nature of Assignment

Approximately 30 hours per week will be spent in the classroom assisting English teachers and leading English activities. An additional 5-10 hours will be devoted to participating in or leading school-related activities, clubs, teams, etc. Applications should highlight the applicant’s talents/experience in coaching sports, music, theatre, art, and other skills that could be useful for engaging students both in and out of the classroom.

Housing

Accommodations will be made with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy. Grantees should expect simple but adequate accommodation which may not be of U.S. standards. ETAs may be placed in the capital city or in rural areas and need to be prepared to adapt to local customs, conditions and norms.

Independent Research

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 Timor-Leste and what the applicant will bring to the classroom experience.

Special Considerations

Local attitudes toward gender, race, and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and candidates should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences in their communities with maturity and diplomacy.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://timor-leste.usembassy.gov/

I am a....

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. 

FPA

Placeholder

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.