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

Grants begin with a 1-month in-country orientation that starts in August 2018.

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 flexible, mature, well-spoken, and hard working individuals who are committed to working and living in a Vietnamese educational environment at a high school for gifted students, a community college, or a university outside of the major cities.  Applicants must be native English-speakers.  No previous teaching experience is required.

English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) cannot be accompanied by dependents.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: No Vietnamese language skills are required. All teaching is done in English. Candidates should indicate plans for Vietnamese language study in their applications and should incorporate Vietnamese language study into their grants.

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees are placed at high schools for gifted students, community colleges, teacher colleges, and 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 in underserved provinces 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 2017-2018 academic year) will not be considered.

Special Application Instructions

Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi may be contacted for interviews via skype or phone.

Nature of Assignment

Grantees will work up to 30 hours per week, including 25 hours of teaching listening, speaking, and pronunciation to credited students and teachers. The other 5 hours will be for organizing language-related cross-cultural student activities, plus preparation time. The mix of activities will vary from school to school depending on the needs of the school and the assistantâ??s background and qualifications.

Independent study

Applicants should not plan an independent study or research project.  English Teaching Assistant grants are not study/research awards, and teaching-related activities take most of the grantee's time. The Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to participate in the program in Vietnam, demonstrate that they are ready to teach English in underserved provinces, and explain how they will serve as a cultural ambassador of the United States.


Housing arrangements will be made by the host institutions.


Host institutions will apply for visas on behalf of the ETAs. The host is responsible for requesting the initial visas and any necessary visa extensions in Vietnam, and the ETA is required to bring with them valid criminal background checks from their local police and notarized copies of their university diplomas as part of the process of obtaining work permits in Vietnam.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


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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.