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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.


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. 



U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

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.


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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States. 

Prior teaching experience is not required but helpful.  It’s important to note that ETAs are not full‐fledged professors, the program is a professional development opportunity for them to advance their teaching skills and have a positive experience in the host country.  There will be additional responsibilities of teaching in the U.S. Embassy American Center and the U.S. funded English Access Microscholarship Program.

The ETAs will be placed in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.  Although the official language is Khmer, the Cambodian youth are thirsty for knowledge and see English as the language of opportunity for success in higher education and future employment.  The Cambodians are friendly and welcoming and eager to share their traditions, culture and food with visitors.  With 75% of the population below the age of 35, there will be many opportunities to exchange ideas on environmental issues, human rights, and gender equality. 

Grant Period

10 Months

All grantees are required to begin their grants in early October 2021 in order to attend the in-country orientation program. English Teaching Assistants will be placed at their host institutions from October 2021 through August 2022 to meet the Cambodian school year requirements.

Pre-Departure Orientation


ETAs are required to fully participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in the United States organized by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in the summer.

Arrival Orientation


ETAs are required to participate in the one-week in-country orientation organized by the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section (PAS). The orientation program helps ETAs understand how the Embassy works, learn about the educational and cultural programs PAS manage, familiarize with Cambodia’s cultures, and learn some basic English teaching skills/resources.

Candidate Profile

Self-motivation, flexibility, creativity and autonomy are keys to a successful project. While ETAs are supported by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, they are expected to problem-solve and operate independently to the extent that they can. ETAs are also expected to be cultural ambassadors and promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and Cambodia. ETAs must be willing to learn and respect new cultures and are expected to demonstrate high levels of professionalism. 

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Placement Type

Secondary School

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh will arrange placement of ETAs at public secondary schools. Host institutions will have basic facilities such as chalkboard/whiteboard, tables/chairs, and may not have air-conditioning, fans or electricity.

Post will also assist with housing arrangements. Housing situations will vary from one location to another, but will meet the basic needs. Air-conditioning and fridges may be available.  Driving motorbikes in Cambodia is extremely dangerous and therefore not permitted.


Applicants currently residing in Cambodia (or those who will be living there during the 2019-2020 academic year) will not be considered.

Special Application Instructions

Semi-finalists may be contacted for a Skype interview.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Linnette D. Franco