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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.


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. 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.

South Africa

English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
February Start
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in South Africa aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and South Africa. 

Grant Period
February Start

9 Months

Fulbright ETA grants are required to start in mid-February 2023.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

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.

Candidate Profile

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
Supplementary Project
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required
Housing Arrangements

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 Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

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: (and indicate "ETA" in the subject line).


Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant

Dependent support is available
Placement Locations

Regional City

Placement is made in various areas, but mostly regional.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact