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 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 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 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. 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. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award 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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80 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

ETAs will be assigned as language learning assistants working for up to 30 hours per week (20 hours for lessons and class activities and 10 hours for planning). Responsibilities include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing and leading classroom activities, and encouraging students to communicate in English. Although ETAs are not full-fledged professors, the program is a professional development opportunity for them to advance their teaching skills and have a positive experience on a Brazilian campus.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grant dates will correspond to the academic year in Brazil, from February to November 2021. The grant period starts with an orientation organized by the Fulbright Commission. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.

The grantees' first responsibility is to the Fulbright program and the Brazilian institution to where they are assigned.  Requests for travel outside of Brazil should be limited to 14 cumulative days, and must coincide with the break in the academic calendar of the host institution.  Excluding emergency situations, including those involving family members in the United States, grantees will not be permitted to travel outside of Brazil while host institutions are in session -- no exceptions.  No one should apply for or accept the ETA award unless they are able to commit fully to the calendar of activities at their host institution.

Grantees may not be in Brazil for more than 3 cumulative months in the 12 months prior to the grant start.  Exceptions may be considered for in-country formal language study.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

  • Some experience (one to two years) in tutoring/classroom teaching for (young) adults is required.
  • Candidates with a degree in TESOL, ESL, English, Linguistics, or Education are highly preferred.
  • Candidates with other degrees, but who demonstrate a genuine interest in English Teaching as a career opportunity should also apply.  The Fulbright Commission in Brazil will sponsor the TEFL/TESOL certification for these candidates with other degrees if they go through the final selection. The grant confirmation will be subject to completing the certification before the grant begins in February 2021.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Applicants should have intermediate skills in Portuguese or advanced skills in Spanish at the time of application. Advanced skills in Portuguese are highly recommended for when the grant begins, to settle in comfortably and pursue independent interactions with contacts in the community that are not related to the English teaching project at the host institution.

A Foreign Language Evaluation completed by a college-level language instructor is required and must be supported by a Language-Self-Evaluation completed by the applicant.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

ETA placements are determined in the late fall prior to the grant start. 

The Fulbright Commission assigns at least two Fulbright ETAs to each participating Teacher's College at public and private universities throughout Brazil, where students attend three to four-year undergraduate programs to graduate as English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers.

The Fulbright Commission matches grantees with the appropriate host institution, basing assignments on the needs of the host institutions and the profile of selected candidates.  Placements can be in any Brazilian city, and individuals should not apply for or accept this award unless they are willing to take on the Commission assignment.

Nature of Assignment

One should expect to spend up to 30 hours per week of classroom teaching, planning time included.  Teaching assistantship activities can vary from institution to institution and also depend on the ETA's background and qualifications.

Supplementary Project

Because teaching assistant responsibilities will be for up to 30 hours per week, grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. Applicants should consider a project that they intend to carry out if awarded the grant, but since they will not know where they will be assigned, these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location.

Examples of supplementary projects are taking classes of your interest at the university, conducting research of issues related to Brazil, engaging in volunteer activities, developing new skills, or a combination of these. Grantees should plan to spend 10 to 15 hours per week on their supplementary project.

Dependents Comments

The grant does not provide financial or logistical support for dependents. Also, because ETAs are placed at universities throughout the country where limitations for family housing, schooling and/or child care may exist, it is not advisable for dependents to accompany grantees for the full grant term.


This award is co-sponsored by CAPES, the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Brazil ETA Program

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