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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.

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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 applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

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.

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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 7-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. 



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Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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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15 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

12 Months

All English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are required to begin their grants in late September 2021 in order to attend the in-country orientation in Bangkok. The orientation program covers intensive Thai language study, ESL teaching techniques, and Thai cultural issues. Grantees start from the second semester in Thailand and proceed to the first semester of the subsequent academic year. During Thai summer school vacation, grantees are assigned to internships and may be engaged in English camps, outreach or other related community activities.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation


Candidate Profile

Candidates must be articulate fluent English-speakers. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the necessary initiative to teach conversational English at elementary, middle and high school levls for an average class size of up to 35-45 students with a tradition of rote learning.   Moreover, candidates must be able to adapt and thrive within a variety of intensive cultural environments including the challenges of living in a less comfortable setting. Candidates must be willing and able to physically and mentally adjust to work in the Thai cultural context and the Thai educational system.

Candidates need to be self-motivated, adventurous, flexible, and independent.  Candidates from all majors are welcomed but those with Education/English majors who possess prior teaching experience are preferred. As cultural ambassadors, ETAs are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism and share aspects of American culture with their schools.

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Thai language proficiency is not required, but, some self-study of Thai prior to arrival is recommended in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community. ETAs will be provided basic Thai language as part of the in-country orientation. 

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

Grantees will teach at either the elementary/middle or middle/high school level, depending on the placement. ETAs will be assigned to public schools in cities and towns in the north, south, east, and northeast of Thailand.  ETAs are not assigned to schools in Bangkok.


Candidates currently residing in Thailand (or those who will be living there during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered.

Health Disclosure & Eligibility

In compliance with Thai government regulations regarding heath and employment in the school systems, all candidates must indicate in their applications if they suffer from any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to teach English.  Strict adherence to these regulations is MANDATORY.  Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant.  Fulbright applicants must include Medical Disclosures for applicable medical conditions at the end of the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Individuals with the following conditions cannot be placed in Thai classrooms:

  • Visual impairments (conditions that cannot be corrected by glasses/contact lenses)
  • Hearing impairments above 40dB

In addition to the aforementioned conditions, other conditions that must be noted include, but are not limited to:

  • Conditions worsened by stress such as: Epilepsy, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, Schizophrenia, etc.
  • Severe food allergies including, but not limited to: nuts, shellfish, beans.

Nature of Assignment

All placements will be made by the Thailand-U.S. Educational Foundation (TUSEF). Approximately 16-18 hours per week of classroom teaching, plus class preparation time and school-related activities are required.  A combination of co-teaching and independent teaching will vary from school to school and will depend on the school's situation as well as the ETAs backgrounds and qualifications. ETAs will be supervised by English teachers at the host schools. 

In order to help the ETAs better prepare for assignment in Thailand, selected candidates who do not have TEFL/TESOL certificates may be required to take online course(s) for TESOL prior coming to Thailand to take up the grant.  More details on this matter will be provided in the grant documents.


Housing arrangements are made by the host schools and with approval by TUSEF. Housing situations vary from site to site, and this requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptation on the part of the ETAs.

* Riding Motorbike Policy: For safety reasons, TUSEF does not condone ETAs riding or owning a motorbike.

Independent Study

English Teaching Assistant grants are not study/research awards and teaching takes up most of the grantee's time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on the reasons why the applicant seeks the cultural experience of teaching English in Thailand and what the candidate will bring to the classroom.


Dependent support is not available.

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