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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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.

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 7-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. 

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If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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.

Saudi Arabia

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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

Saudi Arabia would like to improve English levels and English instruction at higher education institutions. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program is an effort to provide support for English language teaching at a local university. English is important in helping develop mutual understanding, in helping Saudi's engage in global dialogue and understanding, and as part of their ambitious economic transformation plan to diversity from oil and gas sectors. Exchange programs aim to develop both academic and cultural ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia. U.S. Mission Saudi Arabia vigorously promotes American values and culture among Saudi youth.  Saudi Arabia has the world’s largest youth population with an estimated 50 percent of its 33.4 million population under the age of 25. As part of the ETA program, grantees are encouraged to engage in cultural extra-curricular engagements that develop and strengthen the understanding of the American culture among Saudi students. This program will provide grantees with a valuable experience to discover the Saudi culture and explore local higher education institutions.

Grant Period

10 Months

Program dates will be in accordance with the academic year in Saudi Arabia, which typically starts in September 2021 and ends in May/June 2022.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in the summer of 2021.

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees must attend an in-country orientation at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh upon arrival.  Members of the Cultural Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy will deliver the orientation session and address grantees questions.

Candidate Profile

Grantees will work in a university in Saudi Arabia enhancing English teaching, and will, among other things, provide English language conversation and American cultural classes. Grantees must be creative, flexible and self-reliant team players, who are able to maintain excellent relationships with faculty, staff, and students.  Grantees must possess excellent spoken and written English skills and experience in English teaching is preferable.   

Accepted Degree Levels

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Basic knowledge or proficiency in Arabic language is preferable but not mandatory. The local dialect in Saudi Arabia is the Gulf Arabic. 

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees will be placed at a university in Saudi Arabia.  Final placement will be approved by the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Ministry of Education.   

About 25 hours per week to prepare for and offer English tutorial support, including delivering small group tutorials, organizing extra-curricular language-learning activities, and teaching curricular components. 

Housing

Housing will be provided by host institution. Please note, grantees should be adaptable to live in a relatively conservative religious culture.

Security Information

Grantees are encouraged to inform the U.S. Embassy of any travel plans outside or around Saudi Arabia.  A designated point of contact from the U.S. Embassy will be in communication with grantees throughout their program duration.  For more security information, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Saudi Arabia.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://sa.usembassy.gov/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Sara Mukallid