Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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7 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees must arrive between July 28-29, 2018 in order to attend the in-country orientation arranged by the U.S. Embassy. English Teaching Assistants will be assigned to their respective host institutions from September 2018 to June 2019.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2018 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be mature, articulate, and motivated individuals who understand the challenges of the harsh climate and daily challenges of living in a developing country.  The most successful ETAs are flexible, open-minded, independent, and industrious. Applicants must be native English-speakers. Teaching experience is desirable, but not required.  

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: No Mongolian language skills are required. All instruction is in English. All candidates should plan to incorporate the study of Mongolian language and culture into their grant terms.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

ETAs are typically placed at universities, institutes, or vocational training colleges in Ulaanbaatar. Depending on the number and quality of applications received from rural institutions, the Fulbright Program might place an ETA outside Ulaanbaatar. If an applicant is interested in a placement outside Ulaanbaatar, it should be noted in the Statement of Grant Purpose in the application.  The embassy will work to coordinate a suitable school placement for an ETA. Placement decisions will be based on a number of factors, including the level of need for English speaking instruction in a particular school relative to other schools in the city.

Mongolia is known for its natural beauty and breathtaking vistas on the open steppe.  ETAs assigned to Ulaanbaatar often make it a point to travel outside of the city and enjoy Mongolia’s countryside. Famed for its nomadic tradition, Mongolia is also undergoing rapid economic and social development. Ulaanbaatar, the country's capital, is a growing metropolis with a population over 1.3 million.


Candidates currently residing in Mongolia (or those who will be living there during the 2017-2018 academic year) will not be considered.

Special Considerations

Although Mongolians are welcoming towards westerners in general, there have been incidents of crimes against foreigners, especially towards men. These incidents often occur in areas with nightlife and when foreign men are believed to be accompanied by Mongolian women. Western women can be targets for sexual harassment such as cat calling and offensive gestures.  ETAs will receive a safety briefing from the Embassy’s Regional Security Officer upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar.  Program participants must make mature and sensible choices about personal safety.

Nature of Assignment

Approximately 20 hours per week of classroom teaching, plus requisite class preparation time will be expected. English Teaching Assistants will also organize language-related cross-cultural student activities, such as English-speaking clubs at their host institutions and engage in embassy-organized public outreach activities, especially those for promoting English language learning.  The mix of co-teaching and independent teaching will vary from school to school and will depend on the school’s situation, as well as the assistant’s background and qualifications. 

Independent study

No research or independent study is required. English Teaching Assistantships are not study/research awards, and teaching takes most of the grantee’s time. The Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Mongolia and how to make it a memorable cultural experience.


Housing arrangements will be facilitated by the host institutions and the U.S. Embassy. ETAs are normally housed in a school dorm room with private bathroom. In some cases, if a school is unable to offer housing, the school provides comparable housing allowance.


Dependent support is not available

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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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 could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student 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 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. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.