English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program in Malawi is sponsored and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State. The program is managed in country by the Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe.
The Fulbright ETA Program aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Malawi and provides the opportunity for recent graduates of various fields with interest in teaching to work in local educational institutions. Malawi offers a rewarding experience for those seeking to work in and gain cultural exposure to a developing country, where their contributions will make a lasting difference.
Regardless of educational and work experience, Fulbright ETAs will not be full-fledged professors and will be expected to co-teach alongside their local colleagues. This program is a professional development opportunity to advance teaching skills, serve as a cultural ambassador, and have a positive experience in the host country.
Malawi is known as the “warm heart of Africa” for its welcoming people. It is famous for Lake Malawi, the fourth-largest freshwater lake (by volume) in the world and home to hundreds of endemic fish species. UNESCO-acclaimed Chongoni Rock-Art Area in Malawi features the richest concentration of rock art in Central Africa. Malawian diversity is evident through the many languages spoken here. However, Chichewa and English are the two national languages.
There is no standard academic calendar for Malawian educational establishments. However, ETAs should anticipate beginning their grants in September 2024, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Malawi.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024.
A mandatory in-country group orientation and security briefing will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe.
Master's-level candidates are preferred. However, graduating seniors or graduate students considering careers in education, who have a degree in English, education or TEFL/applied linguistics and have experience teaching or tutoring will be considered. Other fields will be considered if combined with experience in working with first-generation college students, teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. Candidates with the ability to incorporate or organize extra-curricular activities – music, art, dance, English Clubs, Reading and Writing Clubs - are preferred. Candidates with an interest in African languages, culture, and history are also encouraged to apply.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
- Secondary School
- Other Educational/Community Institution
- Capital City
- Regional City
Fulbright ETAs may be placed in educational institutions located throughout the country and range from the capital to rural areas with great need for native English speakers. Depending on the current needs of the country, host institutions may include secondary schools or university-level language departments.
When not engaged in ETA-related duties, grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. Lilongwe-based ETAs are required to collaborate with the Public Diplomacy Section to design activities at the American Center in Lilongwe.
ETAs are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. The Public Diplomacy Section can provide suggestions to assist in identifying long-term accommodations in Malawi, but each grantee is ultimately responsible for arranging his/her own accommodations.