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12 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims at strengthening English language instruction at Moroccan public universities by providing assistance to the permanent Moroccan teaching staff. At the same time, ETAs benefit from cross-cultural interactions, research possibilities, and volunteering opportunities.

Grant Period

10 Months

The ETA grant period begins with the arrival of all U.S. student grantees in early September and opens with a general MACECE Fulbright orientation for all new U.S. grantees.  A two-week ETA orientation in Rabat follows, and ETAs move to their assignments in late Septembr.

Grant dates correspond to the MACECE orientation and the academic year in Morocco, which will be September 5, 2019 to July 3, 2020.

Pre-Departure Orientation


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

Candidate Profile

Candidates with degrees in English, American Studies, Middle East Studies, Arabic, French, Education, TESOL, or applied linguistics with some experence in teaching are preferred. Other fields are considered on the basis of excellence and teaching experience. Preference will be given to those with a Master's in a relevant field and those with significant teaching experience. Preference will also be given to candidates with an expressed interest in pursuing a career in education and with demonstrated experence, including volunteer activities. Some teaching experience is required.

ETAs should be strong self-starters who can deal with the unexpected, are flexible and culturally sensitive, and are self-sufficient. Placements are made by the Commission and are made throughout the Moroccan public university system.

For information concerning all Moroccan universities and related institutes and schools, please see the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: ETA applicants must be articulate and accurate speakers of English who can serve as native-speaker resources. Expertise in various aspects of English, such as grammar, composition, reading, rhetoric, and literature is highly desirable. Following the general orientation for all Fulbrighters, ETAs attend a two-week orientation in Rabat in September, which includes daily classes in Moroccan Arabic (Darija) and lectures and exercises focusing on how to teach in the Moroccan university system.

Because of their teaching appointments, ETAs in Morocco are not eligible for the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) or the six-week Darija course organized for student researchers. However, ETAs receive 30+ hours of instruction in Darija during the two-week orientation in Rabat prior to departing for their host sites. In addition, each ETA grant contains the equivalent of $2500 for further language study during the course of the grant.

In order to activate these language funds, the ETA must submit a language study plan to the Commission for authorization.  ETAs can use these funds for any language that will be useful for them while in Morocco.  Previously approved languages include Darija, Modern Standard Arabic, French, Spanish, and Hebrew. ETAs may study with an approved tutor or enroll in a program at a language study center.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

ETAs are placed in Moroccan public universities throughout the country. The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE), in cooperation with host universities, places ETAs at institutions based on the ETA's profile and the host institution's needs. The ETA program is developed and implemented within the context of the goals and needs of the Ministry of Higher Education and the pressing need for English teachers in Moroccan universities in all faculties. 

ETAs teach English courses as established in the curricula of the various university programs and are engaged in classroom teaching for no more than 10 hours per week. Since the concept of "teaching assistant" is lacking in Morocco, almost all ETAs are stand-alone teachers in the classroom, responsible for developing their own lesson plans and managing their own classrooms. Responsibilities may also extend to giving presentations on topics related to the United States, the English language, or participating in university cultural events. Most ETAs also contribute time to volunteer work in their communities. Independent study and research are also encouraged but should not conflict with teaching duties.

Applicants for the ETA program should be aware that the universities and departments may have strict requirements for the English classes they teach. The course content and the exam content may be directed by the university and deparmental administration.

The Moroccan university year begins variously from late September to mid-October and runs to early July; there is no summer semester.  The autumn semester ends with final exams in January and the spring semester begins 2-3 weeks afterward.  The semester start dates at Moroccan public universities are often imprecise and subject to day-to-day and last-minute changes. Classes may be large, university administrative structures may be weak and at the same time arbitrary, and student levels of English may vary considerably within the same class.  Most university classes meet for two hours once a week. Moroccan students of English have generally never had a native speaker of English teach them before and they tend to be highly appreciative.

More detailed information can be found at the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in both (Arabic) and (French). Other useful websites are Jamiati and Unirank.

General Comments

Moroccan government clearance is required for all foreign teachers and researchers. MACECE supplies all necessary clearances for those who are offered Fulbright grants.  


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Rebecca Geffner