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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, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, 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.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.

Artist

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. 

FPA

U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

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.

Uzbekistan

16 English Teaching Assistant Awards NEW

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
September Start
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants provide participants with the opportunity to improve English language abilities and knowledge of the United States for both Uzbek students and teachers through formal English classes and a variety of extra-curricular activities. Placements are available in public schools and universities. The program seeks flexible, independent, and resilient applicants, who can adapt to an under-resourced environment and who are eager to immerse themselves in the local culture.

With the creation of the “English Speaking Nation” initiative by the Ministry of Public Education, the Uzbek government aims for all graduates to be proficient in English. This has created an enormous demand for native English speakers in classrooms across the country.

Main Focus:

  • Core skills of speaking, listening, writing, reading, as well as grammar and vocabulary
  • Content-based instruction
  • Student-centered learning techniques
  • TESOL methods and techniques
  • Materials development
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (For example – but not limited to – Academic Writing)
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) (For example – but limited to – Law, STEM, Tourism, Business)
  • Proficiency exam preparation (including: TOEFL, SAT, GRE)
  • American culture, studies, and/or literature
Grant Period
September Start

ETA grants are expected to begin in late August or early September 2022 and end in early July 2023. 

Grant length - 10 months.

Orientation
Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation
Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from articulate and flexible graduating college seniors, recent graduates, or Master’s students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and the initiative to co-teach English at the high school and university levels. Candidates must be native English speakers. Candidates from all majors are welcome to apply, but those with degrees in English, Education, TEFL/TESOL, hospitality and tourism, law, and STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply. Some previous teaching/tutoring experience is preferred.

In many cases Fulbright grantees may be the only American in their host region, requiring independence and resilience. The educational system and school or university environment may not be as organized as a U.S. institution, so flexibility is necessary. As a majority Muslim country, Uzbekistan can be significantly more culturally conservative than the United States.

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Supplementary Project
Not Permitted
Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

Recommended but not required. Either Russian or Uzbek language would be helpful in daily life as ETAs are often placed in remote regions with few English speakers. All ETAs are provided with a stipend to study a local language while in-country. 

Housing Arrangements

Hotel rooms will be provided during the arrival orientation in Tashkent. ETAs will receive their own apartment upon arrival to their host city. ETAs may choose to share an apartment with a fellow ETA of the same gender if both agree. The Embassy and host institution will identify and locate acceptable housing options in advance of the ETA's arrival. ETAs should be prepared to pay a one-time realtor fee and an additional $25 per month for a governmental residential registration fee.

Placement Type

Secondary School

Teacher Training

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Eligibility

Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

Applicants of Uzbek heritage or citizenship are permitted to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have spent a significant time living in the United States and have native English speaking abilities.

Special Application Instructions

As part of the selection process, U.S. Embassy Tashkent will invite a limited number of semi-finalists to participate in interviews by video conference. An invitation to an interview is a further step in the selection process and not a guarantee that the semi-finalist will be selected for the grant in Uzbekistan.

Nature of Assignment

ETAs serve as native speaker resources to remote areas of Uzbekistan and often work with underserved communities. The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent will make all host institution arrangements. As in-class teaching assistants to an Uzbek co-teacher, most institutions will require ETAs to contribute to lesson planning, though some may be asked to teach independently if comfortable. ETAs are encouraged to propose creative ideas for programming to engage students and other audiences in order to share American values and culture. ETAs are also encouraged to use their personal expertise to conduct additional professional development workshops for teachers as applicable.

Teaching responsibilities are broken down in the following activities:

  • 16 hours per week of in-classroom teaching at host institution which could be a high school, university or other higher educational institution. ETAs will generally assist in teaching conversational English with an Uzbek co-teacher.
  • 4 hours per week of lesson preparation, planning, and office hours.
  • 5 hours per week working with the Embassy’s English Access Microscholarship Program in co-teaching after-school English classes to underserved high school students. (If an Access program is not operating in the ETA’s host city, PAS will assign an alternate activity.)
  • 5 hours per week of extra-curricular activities such as conversation clubs, film clubs, sports groups, or other activities at the host institution or American Corner.

Under the guidance of PAS, ETAs will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and cultural activities, events at the American Center or American Corner, and assisting PAS with a variety of conferences and other programs.

Collaboration

ETAs will work closely with other U.S. professionals serving in the country, such as English Language Fellows (ELFs), English Language Specialists, and English Speaking Nation Coaches. ETAs often participate in workshops or conferences for teachers in the region, and they may be asked by PAS to present sessions for teacher training. ETAs and Fellows also have the opportunity to work together on collaborative community outreach or cultural activities.

Visa

Americans must obtain an Uzbek visa before traveling to Uzbekistan. The U.S. Embassy and host institutions will provide visa support by submitting the visa request to the Government of Uzbekistan on behalf of the ETA. In order to obtain the visa, the ETA's passport must be sent to the Uzbek Embassy in Washington, D.C. or Consulate in New York City. While an in-person interview is not required, it can often be more expedient and secure to obtain the visa in person rather than mailing the passport.

Dependents
Dependent support is not available
Placement Locations

Regional City

One or two placements may be available in Tashkent, but the majority of ETAs are placed in regional cities. While these are developed towns and not villages, they are often remote and without significant modern amenities.

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