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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.

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Malaysia

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100 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

10 Months

The grant extends over a 10 month period beginning in early January 2022 and continuing through late October / early November 2022.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

There is no pre-departure orientation in the United States. Grantees will receive required pre-departure materials via email from the Fulbright Commission of Malaysia to review and/or complete. There will be an in-country orientation upon arrival in Malaysia in early January 2022.

Grantees are required to attend an in-country orientation at the start of their grant.

Candidate Profile

Cultural Adaptability and Awareness - Applicants must be culturally competent and amiable individuals who are able to adapt and thrive in a challenging environment. This requires a willingness to adjust both mentally and physically to the Malaysian cultural context and education system within rural placements while maintaining professionalism as a cultural ambassador.

Academic and Professional Experience - Applicants from all majors are welcome.  Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

Transport - Due to the rural nature of many placements, applicants must be able and willing to drive during their grant period. A car may be provided as part of the grant, due to lack of public transportation in the assigned area.

Health - All applicants should indicate in their applications if they have any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English or to maintain a stable healthy lifestyle for the duration of the grant. This includes, but is not limited to, conditions that are worsened by heat or stress such as heart conditions, Epilepsy, Bipolar Diorder, Schizophrenia, and other severe or chronic mental and physical health issues. Some medications commonly prescribed in the U.S. are not available at the local market and require a waiver from the Ministry of Health in order to bring into the country for personal use. We advise that you check with the National Pharmacy Regulatory Agency (NPRA) (https://www.npra.gov.my/index.php/en/consumers/information/products-search). The Fulbright Commission of Malaysia is able to assist you with submitting an application of exemption for importation of prescriptions that are not recognized by the NPRA. Approval is by case by case basis and is at the discretion of the local government.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Foreign language proficiency is not required. Grantees will be given basic Malay language lessons during orientation prior to their placement in secondary schools. It is beneficial for ETAs to have an introductory knowledge of the language prior to the start of the grant. 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

Throughout Peninsular and West Malaysia on the island of Borneo with students ages 13 – 17 years old.

Location: Grantees are placed in Ministry of Edcuation affiliated Secondary Schools throughout Malaysia. ETA placements will primarily be outside major cities (i.e. in locations ranging from remote or rural areas to small cities). Approximately 75% of placements are considered rural by ETA standards. Applicants must be adaptable to basic living standards that are common in developing nations in Asia. Many placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning, Western toilets, hot water, and/or Western groceries. Internet connectivity is available with the purchase of most mobile plans but availability in certain rural areas may be scarce and it is not a requirement in ETA accommodations or your school. 

Transport: Due to the rural nature of many placements, ETAs must be able and willing to drive while in Malaysia.

Ineligibility

Candidates currently residing in Malaysia (or those who will be living there during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered.

Nature of Assignment

Time Commitment: Approximately 25 hours per week will be spent in the classroom assisting local English teachers, and leading English activities during school hours. An additional 5-10 hours will be assigned to participating in or leading school-related activities, clubs, teams, camps, etc. 

Required Activities: Planning and executing English Camps, Speaking Workshops, co-teaching classes, and extra co-curricular activities. 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

Housing will be provided for grantees and is determined by the Fulbright Commission of Malaysia and the various Malaysian State Departments of Education. For safety and security reasons, grantees will be placed between 2-persons and 4-persons homes. All grantees will be housed in shared apartments or houses. Applicants must be adaptable to basic living standarads that are common in developing nations in Asia. 

ETA placements will primarily be outside major cities i.e. in locations ranging from remote or rural areas to small cities. Applicants must be adaptable to basic living standards that are common in developing nations in Asia. Many placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning, Western toilets, hot water, and Western groceries. Internet connectivity is available with the purchase of most mobile plans, but availability in certain rural areas may be scarce and it is not a requirement in your accommodation or your school.  Grantees are assigned to shared housing with one or more other grantees, so grantees must be flexible and able to adjust to living with others who may be from different backgrounds.

Independent Research

No formal research or independent study is allowed during the grant year. Grant awards for the English Teaching Assistantship program are designed to be active student-facing engagements and excluding yourself from the commitments of the program is prohibited and is grounds for termination of your grant. All ETAs in Malaysia have an established required weekly minimum hour amount required for student-facing engagement (either inside or outside the classroom).

Within your application, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Malaysia, how being an ETA has some relevance to what they have done so far, and what they would like to do in the future.

Special Considerations

Possibly due to the lack of exposure beyond their communities, local attitudes toward gender, race, sexuality, and religion can be surprising and unsettling. Candidates should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences in their communities with maturity and diplomacy.

Health

All applicants should indicate in their applications if they have any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English or to maintain a stable healthy lifestyle for the duration of the grant. This includes, but is not limited to, conditions that are worsened by heat or stress such as heart disease, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other severe or chronic mental or physical health issues. While the medical system and availability in Malaysia is quite good, standards and local perceptions of mental health treatment are different than in the U.S.

Parts of Malaysia experience seasonal poor air quality so applicants with a history of respitatory issues may find it difficult to live here. 

Some medications commonly prescribed in the U.S. are not available at the local market and require a waiver from the Ministry of Health in order to bring into the country for personal use. We advise that you check with the National Pharmacy Regulatory Agency (NPRA) (https://www.npra.gov.my/index.php/en/consumers/information/products-search). The Fulbright Commission of Malaysia is able to assist you with submitting an application of exemption for importation of prescriptions that are not recognized by the NPRA. Approval is by case by case basis and is at the discretion of the local government.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.macee.org.my

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Fulbright Program Staff