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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 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 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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.


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. 



U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

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
10 Months
Award Profile

First launched in 2008, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program in Vietnam brings newly graduated U.S. college students to Vietnam for 10 months to support the English teaching and learning at gifted high schools, colleges and universities in Vietnam in provincial capitals and other cities outside of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This program supports English learning in Vietnam and provides a cultural exchange between Americans, Vietnamese students, and host institutions to foster mutual understanding and cooperation. 

Serving as a Fulbright ETA in Vietnam for 10 months will give individuals a chance to develop English teaching and other professional skills while learning about Vietnamese culture, people and language. Rapid economic development has made English language proficiency a priority of the government of Vietnam, and interest in English language learning is abundant nationwide, at all educational levels. The U.S. enjoys a very high approval rating (over 90%) and interest in U.S. culture, especially among young people, is abundant. Serving as a Fulbright ETA is sure to be a fulfilling experience.   

Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees must begin their grants in August 2021 in order to attend a mandatory 4-week in-country orientation in Hanoi before starting their nine-month assignments at host institutions (September 2021 - May 2022).  

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation (PDO) in the U.S. in the summer of 2021 as a condition of their grants. The PDO is organized for Fulbright ETAs, U.S. researchers and scholars going to many different countries in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region. Details to be announced and confirmed by the International Institute of Education (IIE). 

Arrival Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a four-week in-country orientation in Hanoi in August 2021 as a condition of their grants.  The in-country orientation is intended to comprehensively prepare ETAs for work and life in Vietnam, and includes Teaching English as a Foreign Language training, Vietnamese language training, and other educational, historical, and cultural exposure. Details to be announced and confirmed by the Fulbright Program in Vietnam.  

Candidate Profile

Applicants must be American citizens. Previous teaching experience is preferred but not required. Prior experience in Vietnam is not required.  

Applicants should be comfortable speaking in front of groups, acting as a leader to groups of students, and must be prepared for planning and teaching lessons independently. Most ETA sites are in underserved and rural areas which tend to be more conservative, and ETAs must be prepared to adapt to local customs, living conditions and norms. Accommodations, although clean and safe, typically only feature basic necessities, but can vary greatly from site to site. Many placements lack conveniences such as gyms, swimming pool, movie theaters and access to Western groceries.   

Candidates must be willing and able to physically and mentally adjust to working in the hierarchical Vietnamese cultural context and the bureaucratic Vietnamese educational system. Many candidates will be the only foreigner working at the host institution or even the only foreigner living in their city, and as a result may experience loneliness and isolation.   

As cultural ambassadors, ETAs are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism and share aspects of American culture with their schools. They are also expected to learn and expose themselves to Vietnamese culture.  

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.  

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

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 (those who are excelling in their academic fields), community colleges, teacher training colleges, or universities located in cities outside of the urban areas of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Fulbright Program in Vietnam will arrange placements for all candidates and will inform the ETAs of their placements once they have been finalized.   


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

Special Application Instructions

Semi-finalists 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 and grading, as well as participating in and/or leading cultural or English teaching and learning activities. The final two hours are set aside for Vietnamese language learning. Grantees should not teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP), IELS/TOEFL/TOEIC/SAT preparation courses or classes organized by for-profit English training center owned either by the host institution or by other organizations. 

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 exchange with the host community. 


Housing arrangements will be made by the host institutions. Grantees typically are provided a private room with an attached bathroom and a simple kitchen (hotplate, refrigerator) but also should prepare for the possibility of sharing the kitchen with others. 


Host institutions are responsible for grantees’ visa application procedures and fees in Vietnam as well as visa extensions or work permit applications if needed. Grantees are responsible for providing all necessary documents for the visa application and paying any visa issuance fees from their grant allocation. The Fulbright Program in Vietnam will coordinate with the grantees and the host institutions throughout the visa application process. 

Special Considerations

Local attitudes toward gender, race, and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and candidates should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences in their communities with maturity and diplomacy.  Since ETAs will sometimes be the only foreigner at their site, they may experience unwanted attention based on their appearance.  Support is available for all grantees from the Fulbright Program in Vietnam, the host institution and the ASPE ASSIST, a mental health consultant and referral service hotline. 


The primary activity of this program is assisting in teaching English as a foreign language, so it is generally not possible for ETAs to undertake independent research or work with non-governmental organizations. However, ETAs are encouraged to seek opportunities for cultural enrichment, including community service, to enhance their overall Fulbright experience as cultural ambassadors. 

A grantee's first responsibility is to their Vietnamese host institution. Teaching or otherwise working for for-profit organizations is not permitted.  

ETAs will have approved vacation time during school breaks as defined by their host institution and Vietnamese public holidays, including an approximately week-long break during the Lunar New Year (Tet). The use of leave time outside school breaks and Vietnamese public holidays may not be possible.  Candidates should not apply for or accept this award unless they are able to commit to this academic schedule. 


The host institution is responsible for providing the ETA with a bicycle or an electric bike (at the ETA’s request).  Host institutions are required to support the ETA’s transportation options, but options vary depending on the site.  ETAs who wish to drive a motorbike must take an examination in Vietnamese to obtain a Vietnamese driver’s license.   


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Ms. Vu Thi Diu