10 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length10 Months
Since 2006, Kazakhstan has hosted over 60 American students as part of the Fulbright Program, the flagship international exchange program of the U.S. Government. As unofficial cultural ambassadors, these grantees live and teach English in cities and villages throughout Kazakhstan. Through their exchange, these Americans form powerful and enduring people-to-people ties with Kazakhstani students, colleagues, and community members.
In January 2018, the United States committed to assist the Government of Kazakhstan to achieve its goal to establish a tri-lingual (Kazakh, Russian, and English) society by 2050. Fulbright ETAs will help to increase the English language proficiency of students and faculty, and assist in English language programming to enhance access to English and other educational and exchange opportunities throughout Kazakhstan.
ETA assignments will generally last from early September through June in accordance with Kazakhstan’s academic year.
Grantees will be required to participate in a mandatory In-Country Orientation in Astana at the end of August or early September, 2024. Grantees should arrive 1-2 days prior to the start of the orientation. The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy will arrange for airport pickup and make hotel reservations for all grantees.
Applications are welcome. Post is seeking flexible graduating seniors, recent graduates or Master’s degree students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and initiative to identify opportunities to improve the quality of English language teaching at the tertiary level. Post seeks native English-speakers who are resilient and who can teach university students and/or faculty. Higher education institutions and faculty accustomed to rote memorization benefit from innovative approaches to teaching, student-centered classrooms, project-based learning, and other pedagogical approaches to enhance English Language proficiency. Successful candidates must be articulate, fluent English speakers without dependents. Candidates with degrees in English, Education, TEFL/Applied Linguistics, or teaching STEAM in English are preferred, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply. Some previous teaching/tutoring experience is preferred. Russian language skills are also desirable.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
ETAs will be provided with a stipend for language lessons (Russian or Kazakh).
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
ETAs will be placed at higher education institutions.
- Regional City
Grantees are allowed to do supplementary research projects of interest. However, English teaching is a primary responsibility of an ETA and, therefore, the ratio of teaching and research activities should be balanced accordingly.
The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy will work with the grantee host institution to find suitable lodging options. Upon arrival, the grantee will choose their housing arrangement out of the available options.
Research Clearance and Visa Information
The U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan will provide grantees with diplomatic notes to apply for Kazakh visas. No research clearance is required for Fulbright ETA grantees.