Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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15 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees must begin their grants in August 2019 in order to attend a mandatory in-country orientation for 4 weeks in Hanoi before they start their assignments at the host institutions (from September 2019 through May 2020.) The Fulbright Program in Vietnam will inform the grantees of the in-country orientation dates later. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2019 as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be flexible, mature, and articulate individuals who are committed to working and living in a Vietnamese educational environment at a gifted high school, a college, or a university outside Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Applicants must be American citizens. No previous teaching experience is required but preferred. ETA's cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Proficiency in Vietnamese is not required at the time of application and basic Vietnamese training will be provided to the grantees but we strongly encourage the grantees to prepare themselves with basic Vietnamese prior to arrival. 

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees are placed at high schools for gifted students, community colleges, teacher training colleges, or universities.  The Fulbright Program in Vietnam will arrange placements for all candidates and will inform the ETAs of their placements once they have been finalized. ETAs are placed outside of the major cities in all regions of the country.


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

Special Application Instructions

Candidates who are recommended for final review will be contacted for interviews via Skype.

Nature of Assignment

Grantees will work up to 30 hours per week, including 14 hours of teaching listening and speaking skills to graded/ full time students and teachers, 14 hours of lesson planning, grading and other cultural exchange and English teaching and learning activities and 2 hours of Vietnamese language learning. Grantees are not supposed to teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP), IELS/TOEFL/TOEIC preparation courses and classes of for-profit English training center run by the host institution. 

Independent study

Applicants should not plan an independent study or research project. English Teaching Assistantships are not study/research awards, and teaching-related activities take most of the grantees’ time. The Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to participate in the program in Vietnam and how he/she will make it a memorable cultural experience.


Housing arrangements will be made by the host institutions.


Host institutions are responsible for grantees’ visa application procedures and fees in Vietnam. They will also be taking care of visa extension or work permit application if needed. Grantees have responsibility to provide all necessary documents for visa application and pay for the visa stamp fee in the U.S. The Fulbright Program in Vietnam will coordinate with the grantees and the host institutions in the visa application process.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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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.