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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 2020 with a mandatory orientation in Malaysia.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be mature and articulate individuals who are prepared to operate in a challenging environment with living standards that are not as high as those in the U.S. or those in the major cities in Malaysia. Applicants must be willing to take on a rural placement, as that constitutes the great majority of placements.  Applicants must be able and willing to drive during their grant periods.  Candidates must be native English-speakers and need to be self-motivated, adventurous, flexible, independent, outgoing, and must enjoy working with children. Applicants from all majors are welcome.  Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.  

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

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

Most ETA placements will be outside of major cities, in locations ranging from remote or rural areas to small cities. Many placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning, hot water, gyms, and Western groceries. All ETAs will have access to internet connectivity. 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 2018-2019 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 research or independent study is required. 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, and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and 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