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110 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 up to 20-25 hours per week, but they will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. They will develop and lead language learning activities and classes under the supervision of faculty, and promote U.S. culture through cultural and social programs.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grant dates will correspond to the academic year in Brazil, from February to November 2020. The grant period starts with an orientation organized by the Fulbright Commission. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.

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.

The grantees' first responsibility is to the Fulbright program and the Brazilian institution where they are placed.  Requests for travel outside of Brazil should be limited to 14 consecutive 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 on should apply for or accept the ETA award unless they are able to commit fully to the calendar of activities at their host institution.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applicants should have some experience working in an educational environment and, specifically, with classroom teaching. Candidates with degrees in English, Linguistics, Education, Foreign Languages, OR those with TEFL/TESOL certification, are strongly preferred. Some full-time ESL teaching experience and TESOL certification may substitute for a relevant degree. Applicants must receive their Bachelor's degree by August 31, 2019 to be considered for the grants starting in 2019-2020.

Because this is a student program, candidates with more than three years teaching experience or a Master's degree in TESOL and more than one year of teaching at the time of application may be considered overqualified and not eligible for this program.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Applicants should have intermediate skills in Portuguese or Spanish at the time of application. Advanced skills are recommended for when the grant begins, in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. 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.  Proficiency in Portuguese is preferred.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

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

The Fulbright Commission attempts to assign 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.  While grantees' location preferences many be considered, placements can be made in any Brazilian city, and individuals should not apply for or accept this award unless they are willing to accept a placement that is different from their preferred location.

Nature of Assignment

One should expect approximately 20-25 hours per week of classroom teaching, planning time included.  Teaching assistantship activities will vary from institution to institution and will also depend on the ETA's background and qualifications.

Supplementary Project

Because teaching assistant responsibilities will be between 20-25 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 pursue if awarded the grant and, since they will not know where they will be placed, these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location. For example, grantees may pursue a course of study, conduct research into topics or issues relative to Brazil, engage in specific volunteer activities, or a combination of these. Grantees may not necessarily be placed at an institution or in a location where they can effectively carry out the goals of their supplementary project. In these cases, the Fulbright Commission will discuss project alternatives with the grantee when the placement is made.

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 Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Patricia D. Grijo

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