Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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25 Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are required to arrive in the last week of June/first week of July 2019 to participate in an orientation that will include basic language training and culture classes as per the city of affiliation for three weeks prior to teaching. Basic instruction in teaching methodologies is also part of the in-country orientation, and will continue throughout the first five months of the program.  ETAs will be teaching in their respective schools from August 2019 through March 2020. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


A virtual Pre-Departure Orientation will be held in summer 2019.  All grantees should plan to participate as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from articulate, resourceful, flexible 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 and high school level. Candidates must be native 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.

Fulbright-Nehru ETAs are cultural ambassadors of U.S. society, culture, and history and help to expand the world view of their students. The Fulbright-Nehru ETA Program is designed for ETAs to become a part of the community and help the community to grow with whatever skills and knowledge an ETA can impart all while learning about Indian culture and society.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

No Indian language skills are required. All instruction is in English. 

Additional Information: ETAs will be given intensive language training in Hindi, Bangla, Tamil and Odiya during the orientation period in India.  ETAs will also have the option of continuing language studies throughout their time in India.

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

Placement Type

Middle School

Secondary School

Fulbright-Nehru ETA placements are across India.  ETA placements are determined by USIEF and vary from city to city.  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 requirements of the school as well as the assistant’s background and qualifications. ETAs will assist in teaching conversational English and composition to middle and high school students and often help their students through the formation of and participation in various clubs (debate, drama, sports, among others). All ETAs are required to attend an intensive language program before the start of their assignments to build their conversational skills in the local language.

ETAs are highly encouraged to seek opportunities for cultural enrichment, including community  service  which is often done during vacation and exam periods, to enhance their overall Fulbright experience.

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

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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.