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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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4 English Teaching Assistant Awards

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

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Ecuadorian 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 24 hours per week. 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. These activities should be flexible with respect to geographic location. 

Grant Period

9 Months

Early October 2021 to early July 2022. The grant period starts with an orientation in Ecuador organized by the Fulbright Commission. Attendance at the orientation program is mandatory for all English Teaching Assistants.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications should demonstrate an interest in working in an educational environment. Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, education, or TEFL/applied linguistics with some experience teaching or tutoring are preferred. Other fields will be considered seriously if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy.

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

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information:  Spanish language proficiency is necessary in order to communicate on a daily basis. Applicants should include in the Language Self-Evaluation plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant.  A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Successful candidates must be articulate English-speakers with native fluency.

Placement Type

Middle School

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees will be placed at middle or secondary public schools, language centers at public universities, or universities preparing future English teachers. 

ETAs will be assigned as language-training assistants, but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Responsibilities may include preparing classroom activities, encouraging students to speak and write in English, and giving presentations on different topics related to the United States and its culture. The Fulbright Commission will match the grantee with the appropriate host institution.


Supplementary Project

English Teaching Assistant responsibilities will be up to 24 hours per week; therefore, 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. They should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location, since they will not know where they will be placed. For example, grantees may pursue a course of study, conduct research into topics or issues related to Ecuador, engage in specific volunteer activities, or a combination of these.

In the Statements of Grant Purpose, applicants should briefly describe their project plans and address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Ecuador; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement.

Remember that the primary activity for ETAs is in the classroom and not carrying out the supplementary project. The Commission may discuss alternative projects with the grantee when the placement is made. Applicants with strong project proposals may wish to consider the Study/Research grant program.

Factors Affecting Eligibility

Preference will be given to U.S. citizen applicants over dual citizenship (U.S.-Ecuadorian) applicants.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Karen Aguilar

Additional Online Resources

Susana Cabeza de Vaca