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

No pre-departure orientation. Grantees will receive required materials via email from the Fulbright Commission of Malaysia to review and/or complete prior to arriving in Malaysia.

Candidate Profile

Culture - 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 an unofficial cultural ambassador.

Qualifications - Applicants from all majors are welcome.  Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

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

Health - All applicants should indicate in their 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. Availability of certain prescription medicines are scarce in Malaysia and we advise that you check with the National Pharmacy Regulatory Agency (NPRA) ( 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 to the discretion of the local government. 

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: 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

(students aged 13 – 17 years old) throughout Peninsular and West Malaysia on the Borneo.

Accommodation: 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, hot water, gyms, 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 cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Transport: Due to 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

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, etc.

Required Activities: 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 will be available for grantees and is determined by the Fulbright Commission of Malaysia and the various 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 standards that are common in developing nations in Asia.

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. 

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.


Dependent support is not available.

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Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Taty Azman