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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.

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25 Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Award Profile

The Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant grant provides its recipients the opportunity to teach English in non-elite institutions in India while engaging meaningfully with different cultures and communities.

The India program seeks applicants who demonstrate flexibility, patience and perseverance while functioning in a challenging, under-resourced school environment.

Grant Period

9 Months

English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are required to arrive in the last week of June/first week of July 2021 to participate in an orientation program that will include basic language training and cultural immersion for three weeks prior to the beginning of the teaching assignment.  The in-country orientation will also include basic instruction in teaching methodologies.  ETAs will be teaching in their respective schools from August 2021 through March 2022. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


Grantees will be required to participate in Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation sessions in May/June 2021 as a condition of their grants. 

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from articulate, resourceful and committed graduating seniors, recent graduates or Master’s students who demonstrate a high level of maturity, flexibility and the initiative to teach English at the middle school, high school or college level. Successful candidates must be articulate, fluent English speakers. Candidates with degrees in English, Education, TEFL, or Applied Linguistics are preferred, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply. Previous teaching/tutoring experience is strongly preferred but is not required.

Facilities in many of the Indian schools where USIEF places ETAs are extremely basic; therefore, applicants must demonstrate flexibility, resourcefulness and the ability to adapt well.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Not Required.  All instruction is in English.

Additional Information: ETAs participate in intensive language training in Hindi, Bangla, Tamil or another relevant local language during the orientation period in India.  ETAs will also have the option of continuing language studies throughout their time in India.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

ETAs are not eligible for the Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA). 

Placement Type

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Nature of Assignment

All ETA placements are determined by USIEF based on a careful review of the applications and an assessment of the particular needs of the host institutions.

Fulbright-Nehru ETA placements are in cities across India and the schools may vary greatly in terms of class size, class assignments, daily schedules, holidays, etc. 

The teaching assignment will be for five days a week. 

ETAs are expected to be at the school during the entire work day and during exam periods.  The ETAs generally do a mix of co-teaching and independent teaching depending on the unique requirements of each school as well as the ETA’s background and qualifications. Generally, ETAs will assist in teaching conversational English and composition to middle school, high school or college students, and often help their students through the formation of and participation in various clubs and extracurricular activities (debate, drama, sports, among others).

Approximately 15-20 hours per week of classroom teaching plus requisite class preparation time and school-related activities will be required.

As cultural ambassadors, ETAs are expected to exhibit a high level of professionalism and share aspects of American culture with their schools.


Housing arrangements will be made with the assistance of the Fulbright Commission, local facilitators and brokers, and the host institutions. 

Change in Marital Status

All grantees must inform IIE and USIEF of any change in marital status. Candidates who marry after submitting applications must allow at least four months for their spouses to obtain visas.


For all grantees, a monthly maintenance allowance is payable for one accompanying dependent only.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Sumanta Basu