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
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Colombian government's Institute for Study Abroad (by its Spanish acronym ICETEX), will offer up to 80 awards for the 2020-2021 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 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, August 2020 to May 2021. 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.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidates should anticipate serving as language teaching assistants at Higher Education Institutions. Preference is given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in working in an educational environment; degrees in TESOL, TSL, TEFL, English, Spanish, Education, or Applied Linguistics are preferred; and candidates with strong teaching experience, especially experience working with young adults.

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 universities throughout the country; assignments are mostly to faculties that offer teaching-training degree programs in foreign language. Other grantees will work with beginner-level English 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 Colombia's security situation is very organic and that 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 represents biodiversity, a variety of cultures and a range of geographies; it also embodies innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. It 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 cemented wider and stronger ties with the international community in the economic, scientific, academic and cultural sectors. Colombia’s current priorities beyond the peace process are centered on education and equity. In education, the strengthening of the country’s research capacities and internationalization of higher education are key to development.

Colombia 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. In 2017, the Colombian government set health, society, sustainable energies, food sciences, and bio-economics as national priorities within the framework of Colombia Científica Program. This program seeks to support the consolidation of high-quality research in the national scientific innovation system and the articulation of the productive sector contributing to the improvement of competitiveness, productivity, and social development.

For more information about Colombia, visit In case of further questions about the Fulbright ETA 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