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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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2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

The Fulbright Program in Bahrain began in 1995 and supports both U.S. and Bahraini Fulbright scholars, students, and a small number of Bahraini Arabic language teaching assistants assigned to U.S. host institutions. The Fulbright Program is administered by the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Embassy Manama coordinates with local universities to facilitate the affiliation process on behalf of the U.S. Fulbrighters and has developed relationships with many academic institutions. The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago made up of 33 islands located in the Arabian Gulf. According to the e-Government portal statistics, Bahrain’s population is currently around 1.2 million Bahrainis and residents.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates correspond with the academic year in Bahrain, September 2021 through June 2022. The grant period begins with an orientation organized by the Public Affairs Section and the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy. ETAs are required to attend and participate in the orientation program. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in the United States as a condition of their grants.

Arrival Orientation

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) organizes an arrival orientation. During the orientation, Fulbrighters meet and learn about the role and support available for Fulbrighters through the Public Affairs Office, Regional English Language Office, Security Office and the Consular Services Office.

Candidate Profile

Applications will be considered from candidates at all degree levels. Applicants should be knowledgeable of world issues, and be articulate, resourceful, tolerant, flexible, and mature, and demonstrate the initiative, leadership, and confidence required to assist with the teaching of English in a foreign setting. Some teaching experience is preferred. Preference will be given to graduates enrolled in Master’s degree programs who are interested in international education and teaching—and certain institutions (namely, the University of Bahrain) may only accept Master’s—level candidates. All fields of study will be considered, but preference is given to studies related to the teaching of English, bilingual education, linguistics, area studies, or international relations. Grantees assigned to host institutions will be considered faculty. The roles and responsibilities will be assigned by the academic department.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Applicants must be articulate fluent English-speakers. Previous study, work, or travel experience in the Middle East and some Arabic language study/familiarity is preferred. A level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha) is sufficient but not required.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Applicants are encouraged to visit the websites of local universities to review their academic programs. The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy will match grantees with the appropriate Bahraini universities and vocational institutions. Details of assignment are subject to communication between the PAS and the host institution, based on the host institution’s needs and the academic profile and teaching experience of the selected candidate. The ETA role with the host institution takes precedence over any secondary independent study project. 

Nature of Assignment

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Bahraini educational or vocational institutions by providing up to 25 hours per week of part-time assistance to permanent teaching staff. At the same time, U.S. participants gain from the intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational and/or research opportunities at pre-selected Bahraini institutions. Independent study that does not conflict with assigned teaching assistant responsibilities is encouraged.


The host institution will not provide housing but host institution and/or the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section will assist grantees in locating nearby and appropriate housing.

Additional Dependent Information

Fulbright grantee has a wide range of school options in Bahrain at the grantee's expense. Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents should contact Samar Hasan, Education Specialist, at for additional information.

Security Information

Please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Bahrain for more details. 


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Samar Hasan