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6 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

The academic year is between September 2019 and June 2020. Grantees must arrive between July 28-29, 2019 in order to attend the in-country orientation arranged by the U.S. Embassy between July 30 and August 24, 2019. On the last day of the in-country orientation, ETAs will depart to their assigned host institutions.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend the Pre-departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2019 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. Those already holding certificates/degrees in TESOL are encouraged to apply. 

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Applicants should demonstrate a clear interest in Mongolia and learning Mongolian. The in-country orientation will include Mongolian language component, thus some level of self-study is encouraged prior to arrival. 

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

ETAs are typically placed at universities, institutes, or vocational training colleges in the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. Depending on the number and quality of applications received from rural institutions, the Fulbright Program might place ETAs outside Ulaanbaatar. If an applicant is interested in a placement outside Ulaanbaatar, it should be noted in the Statement of Grant Purpose of the application. The placement decisions are made 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. However, individuals should not apply for or accept this award unless they are committed to teaching in a placement that may differ from their preferences.

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. Although Ulaanbaatar is a growing metropolis with a population over 1.3 million, air pollution is becoming an issue in the winter months in the last years. 


Candidates currently residing in Mongolia (or those who will be living there during the 2018-2019 academic year) will not be considered.

Special Application Instructions

No research or independent study is required. English Teaching Assistantship is not a study/research award, and teaching takes most of the grantee’s time. The Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English Language in Mongolia. 

All candidates must indicate in the end of the Statement of Grant Purpose on their applications if they have any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English, including but not limited to conditions worsened by stress such as epilepsy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc. 

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

16-20 hours of class-room teaching, 8-10 hours of class preparation time, and 6-8 hours of extracurricular English language-related cross-cultural student activities, such as English-speaking clubs at their host institutions are required per week. ETAS focus on capacity-building through co-planning and co-teaching.

ETAs also engage in Embassy-initiated public outreach activities, especially those for promoting English language learning. The types of co-planning and co-teaching will vary from school to school and will depend on the school’s situation, as well as the assistant’s background and qualifications. 

ETAs may be assigned more than one school based on the need, but cumulative teaching responsibilities shall not exceed 20 hours per week.


Housing arrangement will be facilitated by the host institution, Embassy checks if it meets the basic security and safety requirements. ETAs are normally housed in a school dorm room with a private bathroom. In case the school is unable to offer a room in the dormitory, a comparable housing allowance will be provided.

Visa Requirements

All Fulbright ETAs coming to Mongolia MUST obtain HG visa to enter the country. The host institutes will assist ETAs to acquire necessary documents, but it's ETAs' responsibilities to follow up the host institutes and acquire their visas in time. Due to national holiday in mid-July, Naadam, Mongolian organizations and Mongolian Embassy in Washington, D.C. closes for up to five days. It's mandatory for ETAs to start their visa process well in advance than then. For more information on the HG visa, please visit: 


Dependent support is not available

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