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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.

Uzbekistan

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10 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants provide participants with the opportunity to improve Uzbek students’ and teachers’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States through speaking classes and activities. Placements are available in public schools and universities. The program seeks applicants who are able to be flexible while functioning in an under-resourced environment and who are eager to immerse themselves in the local culture.

With the creation of the “English Speaking Nation” initiative by the Ministry of Public Education, the Uzbek government aims for all graduates to be proficient in English. This has created a great demand for native English speakers in classroom across the country.

Main Focus:

  • Core skills of speaking, listening, writing, reading, as well as grammar and vocabulary
  • Content-based instruction
  • Student-centered learning techniques
  • TESOL methods and techniques
  • Materials development
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (For example – but not limited to – Academic Writing)
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) (For example – but limited to – Law, STEM, Tourism, Business, Medicine)
  • Instructional technology (CALL)
  • Proficiency exam preparation (including: TOEFL, SAT, GRE)
  • American culture, studies, and/or literature

Grant Period

10 Months

ETA assignments will last from early September 2021 through June 2022 in accordance with Uzbekistan’s academic year. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

Grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in June/July 2021 as a condition of their grant.

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from articulate and flexible graduating college seniors, recent graduates, or Master’s students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and the initiative to co-teach English at the secondary and university level. Candidates must be native English speakers. Candidates from all majors are welcome to apply. Candidates with degrees in English, Education, TEFL/TESOL, and STEM fields strongly desired. Some previous teaching/tutoring experience is preferred.

Often, Fulbright grantees may be the only American in the region, requiring independence and resilience. As a majority Muslim country, Uzbekistan can be significantly more culturally conservative than the United States, with cultural norms different from Western standards, and often lacking any representatives of Western cultures.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Recommended but not required. Either Russian or Uzbek language would be helpful in daily life as ETAs are often placed in remote regions with few English speakers. All ETAs are provided with a stipend to study a local language while in-country. 

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Ineligibility

Placement depends on candidate’s ability to get an Uzbek visa.

Special Application Instructions

As part of the selection process, U.S. Embassy Tashkent will invite a limited number of semi-finalists to participate in interviews by video conference. An invitation to an interview is a further step in the selection process and not a guarantee that the semi-finalist will be selected for the grant in Uzbekistan.

Nature of Assignment

ETA serve as native speaker resources to remote areas of Uzbekistan and often work with underserved communities. The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent will make all affiliation arrangements. ETAs will complete 20 hours per week of in-classroom assistant teaching, including all class preparation time and additional school-related activities at the host institution. ETAs will generally assist in teaching conversational English and some composition to students and professionals at the host institutions. Most institutions will require ETAs to contribute to lesson planning, and some may be asked to teach independently if comfortable. ETAs are encouraged to use their personal expertise to conduct additional professional development workshops for teachers as applicable. For an additional five hours per week, ETAs will work extensively with the Embassy’s English Access Microscholarship Program service providers in teaching English classes to underserved high school students.

Under the guidance of PAS, ETAs will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and cultural activities, such as directing reading and conversation groups at an American Center or American Space, and assisting PAS with a variety of cultural and educational visitors. ETAs are encouraged to propose creative ideas for programming to engage students and other audiences in order to share American values and culture.

ETAs will complete 20 hours per week of in-classroom assistant teaching, including all class preparation time and additional school-related activities at host institution. ETAs will generally assist in teaching conversational English with an Uzbek co-teacher to university students and professionals at the host institutions.

For an additional five hours per week, ETAs will work extensively with Uzbekistan’s "English for STEM" service providers, as applicable. If the ETA is not involved with “English for STEM”, PAS will assist in finding an appropriate activity to replace this commitment.

Under the guidance of PAS, ETAs will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and cultural activities, such as directing reading and conversation groups at an American Center, and assisting PAS with a variety of cultural and educational visitors. ETAs are encouraged to propose creative ideas for programming to engage students and other audiences.

Other Opportunities

ETAs will work closely with professional English Language Fellows (ELF) also serving in Uzbekistan. ETAs and Fellows often participate in workshops or conferences for teachers in the region, and they may be asked by PAS to present sessions for teacher training. ETAs and Fellows also have the opportunity to work together on collaborative community outreach or cultural activities.

Housing

Hotel rooms will be provided during the arrival orienttion in Tashkent. ETAs will receive their own apartment upon arrival to their host city. The Embassy and host institution will identify and locate up to three acceptable housing options in advance and can arrange a visit for ETAs during the first two days in the host city.

Other Information

Americans must obtain an Uzbek visa before traveling to Uzbekistan. The U.S. Embassy and host institutions will provide visa support by submitting the visa request to the Government of Uzbekistan on behalf of the ETA.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://uz.usembassy.gov/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Joanne Kramb

Additional Online Resources

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