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 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 review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


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 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. 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. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award 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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100 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

10 Months

Grants begin in early January 2021 with a mandatory orientation in Malaysia.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

There is no pre-departure orientation, but grantees will receive required materials to review and /or complete prior to arriving in Malaysia.

Candidate Profile

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

Candidates must be fluent English-speakers and need to be self-motivated, adventurous, flexible, independent, outgoing, and must have experience working with children. Applicants from all majors are welcome.  Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

Applicants must be able and willing to drive during their grant period. ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Health Disclosure and Eligibility: Regarding health and school assignments, all candidates should indicate in the applications if they have any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English and or abilities to maintain a stable healthy lifestyle for the duration of the grant.

This includes, but is not limited to, conditions that are worsened by stress such Epilepsy, Bipolar Diorder, Schizophrenia, and other severe or chronic mental and physical health issues. 

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: ETAs will be given training in basic Malay during the orientation in Malaysia. 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

A majority of the ETA placements will be outside of major cities, in locations ranging from remote or rural areas to small cities. Applicants must be adaptable to living standards that are not as high as those in the U.S., or those in the major cities in Malaysia. Many placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning, hot water, gyms, and Western groceries.

All ETAs will have access to internet connectivity, but this is not guaranteed to be accessible at all times.

Grantees will be assigned to secondary schools throughout East and West Malaysia. Candidates must be willing to adapt to local living conditions. Because of the rural nature of placements, ETAs must be able and willing to drive while in Malaysia.


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

Nature of Assignment

Approximately 25 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.


Accommodations will be made for grantees with the assistance of the Fulbright Commission and the host state governments. Grantees should expect simple but adequate Malaysian accommodation which may not be of U.S. standards.  Most ETAs will be housed in shared apartments or houses, while some will be in staff quarters of residential (boarding) schools.

Independent Research

No  formal research or independent study is allowed during the grant year. 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 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

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.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Meena Ponnusamy