English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFebruary Start
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in South Africa aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and South Africa.
Fulbright ETA grants are required to start in mid-February 2023.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2022.
A mandatory in-country group orientation will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria.
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
ETAs must secure their own housing and are encouraged to find temporary housing before arrival in South Africa (through AirBNB, for example), and to search for long-term housing thereafter. Some ETAs may be placed as a pair. South Africa has a relatively high rate of violent crime and ETAs are advised to secure housing that meets suggested security guidelines. ETAs will receive a security briefing upon arrival and are expected to follow safety and security precautions. In addition, some ETAs may elect to rent a vehicle.
Placement will be made by the U.S. Consulates at secondary schools or higher learning institutions.
ETAs spend approximately 20 hours per week assisting and supporting vocational instructors and English secondary school teachers, and working on additional projects. ETA roles may include giving presentations on topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, modelling interactive activities with partner teachers, and/or encouraging students to communicate in English. ETAs may assist in a variety of academic formats such as one-on-one tutoring or co-teaching large groups. ETAs are also encouraged to create their own projects with institutions or communities. Past sample projects include: literacy celebration week, job fairs, women's groups, journalism clubs, book clubs, cultural days, debate clubs, etc.
Involvement in American Spaces or EducationUSA activities would also be welcome. See more information about these activities on the Embassy’s website (link below).
For additional details, please contact the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town at: email@example.com (and indicate "ETA" in the subject line).
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Placement is made in various areas, but mostly regional.