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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 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 applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

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 visit the Getting Started page for next steps.


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 7-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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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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100 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and ICETEX, will offer up to 100 Fulbright ETA awards for the 2021-2022 academic year in Colombia. The Fulbright ETA Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Colombian higher education institutions by establishing the presence of native speakers. At the same time, U.S. participants will gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational and/or research opportunities provided at the host institution.

The grantee will be assigned to a specific academic institution based on the candidate's academic profile and the specific needs of the host institution. ETAs will be assigned as language-teaching assistants for up to 30 hours per week (20 hours for lessons and class activities and 10 hours for planning). Responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, and/or encouraging Colombian students to communicate in English.

Grantees are required to engage in a social/volunteer project related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests (approximately 10 to 15 hours per week are to be spent on this project). They should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible with respect to geographic location. 

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates correspond to the academic year, July 2021 to May 2022. Changes or deferrals of the grant period are not allowed. The grant period begins with an Orientation Seminar organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July. Attendance to the Orientation Seminar by all grantees is mandatory. Fulbright Colombia offers grantees the possibility of extending for a second academic year as a "Senior ETA".  Senior ETAs receive the same benefits including round-trip airfare. Senior ETAs are assigned to a different host insitution based on the experience gained in their first year and their academic profile.  Senior ETAs serve as mentors for new grantees and are not required to undertake a supplementary project.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation


Last week of July 2021. 

Candidate Profile

Candidates with strong teaching experience or those who have worked with young adults are preferred. Also, candidates with undergraduate degrees in Education, English, Spanish, or Applied Linguistics are preferred, especially, those with TESOL, TSL or TEFL degrees. Higher Education Institutions in Colombia need of ETAs to serve as English native speakers to help improve both the English proficiency of students and faculty on campus, but also the language teaching capacities of Colombian English professors and instructors. A successful ETA will have strong intercultural abilities, adaptation skills, and flexibility.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Spanish language proficiency is required, not only for the development of the proposed grant activities but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant with the Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Placement locations vary. Host institutions include both public and private higher education institutions throughout the country, many of which offer teaching-training degree programs in foreign language. Other grantees will work with beginner-level English adult learners. Placement is done based on host institution availability, the institution's needs, the grantee's background and skills, and interests to the extent possible.


U.S. citizens holding dual U.S.-Colombian citizenship are not eligible.

Supplementary Project

Grantees are expected to engage in a social or community project related to their academic and personal interests. Applicants should keep in mind that these activities may be flexible with respect to geographic location and local partner organizations since the activities will depend on the placement.

Applicants must know that in Colombia certain cities and rural areas of the country may be restricted.  

All ground travel in Colombia must be approved by the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy prior to making travel arrangements.

Country Profile

Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America and the third most populous nation in the region. In the last five years, it has established itself as one of the most rapidly growing economies in Latin America, having developed wider and stronger ties with the international community in the economic, scientific, academic and cultural sectors.

Colombia has always been a preferred destination for students and scholars worldwide studying and doing research in biodiversity. As the second most biodiverse country in the world, it opens numerous possibilities for academic visitors to expand their knowledge. Colombia provides the most varied set of natural environments with its own unique fauna and flora, passing from plains and deserts to high mountains, snow peaks, Amazonian jungle, and Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This is a perfect journey for adventurous researchers wanting to discover species and establish networks with native communities.

In recent years, the country has become also a primary destination for those studying peace negotiations, rural development, and social transformation. After the signing of the peace agreement ending some 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia became a living laboratory for the implementation of innovative agreements in rural areas among communities of demobilized members of the former insurgency. The “new” Colombia, opens the doors for scholars and students to do research in regions that were not possible to visit during the conflict. A new, more welcoming security environment has been established in the country.

Colombia also has a wide range of higher education institutions with over 278 universities 1,983 master’s programs and 352 doctoral programs. There are currently over 5,207 research groups around the country. Higher Education Institutions and Universities have been adapting their programs and procedures to attract and welcome more foreign scholars and students.  These efforts, supported by the National Ministry of Education and its allies including Colciencias and ICETEX, seek to enhance the capacities of Colombia's higher education system and improve the research and teaching capacities on their campuses. Colombia Challenge Your Knowledge is an initiative led by the top universities in the country to implement the best internationalization practices in order to attract more international visitors. In recent years Colombian and American Universities have signed a number of new partnerships, many funded by Colombia Científica, a Governmental initiative to promote internationalization, science, and research in Colombia, within world-class institutions.

The Fulbright Commission in Colombia has made determined efforts aimed to enhance diversity, decentralization, and access, across its portfolio of opportunities for graduate studies, research, teaching, and English teaching. Broadening the geographical presence of U.S. grantees in the country has been critical to achieving these objectives.

The extended coverage of Fulbright U.S. Programs in the country has been possible thanks to the significant contributions from Colombian strategic partners such as ICETEX, the National Ministry of Education, Colciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad del Valle, Universidad de los Andes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad del Norte, Universidad del Rosario, and Universidad EAFIT.

For more information about Colombia, visit To learn more about the U.S. Student Researcher Program in Colombia, please visit the Fulbright Commission website or email Program Officer, Andrea Angulo.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Andrea Angulo