2024-2025 competition is closed. 2025-2026 competition will open in April 2024. 

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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.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

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 Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants 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 fulbrightscholars.org.

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 Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


20 English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Grant Period
March Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
English Teaching Assistant
Award Profile

ETAs will be assigned as language teaching assistants working 30 hours per week (20 hours for lessons and class activities and 10 hours for planning). Responsibilities include but are not limited to giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing and leading classroom activities, and encouraging students to communicate in English. Although ETAs are not full-fledged professors, the program is a professional development opportunity to advance their teaching skills and have a positive experience on a Brazilian campus.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
March Start

Grant Length: 8 to 9 months.

Grant dates will correspond to the academic year in Brazil, starting in March 2025. The grant period starts with an orientation organized by the Fulbright Commission upon arrival in Brazil. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.

The grantees' first responsibility is to the Fulbright Program and the Brazilian institution to which they are assigned.  Requests for travel outside of Brazil should be limited to 14 cumulative days, including weekends, and must coincide with the break in the host institution's academic calendar.  Excluding emergencies, grantees will not be permitted to travel outside of Brazil while host institutions are in session -- no exceptions.  No one should apply for or accept the ETA award unless they can commit fully to their host institution's calendar of activities.


In-Country Orientation


The four-day arrival orientation will take place in March 2025 before grantees head to their host cities.

Candidate Profile
  • Some experience (one to two years) in tutoring/classroom teaching for (young) adults is required.
  • Candidates with a degree in TESOL, ESL, English, Linguistics, or Education are highly preferred.
  • Candidates who hold a master's degree are preferred.
  • Candidates with other degrees, but who demonstrate a genuine interest in English Teaching as a career opportunity should also apply. If selected, these candidates must obtain a TEFL/TESOL certification sponsored by the Fulbright Program. The grant confirmation will be subject to completing the certification before the grant begins in March 2025. 
Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
3 Months
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Special Application Instructions

All ETA semi-finalists for Brazil must submit separate materials, as described on this webpage.

You will receive instructions directly from the Fulbright Commission in Brazil to upload your lesson plan sample after you have been selected as a semi-finalist from IIE. For questions specifically regarding these additional materials and requirements, please contact the Fulbright Commission at aryana@fulbright.org.br.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Intermediate

Applicants should have intermediate skills in Portuguese or advanced skills in Spanish at the time of application. Advanced Portuguese skills are highly recommended when the grant begins to settle in comfortably and pursue independent interactions with contacts in the community that are not related to the English teaching project at the host institution.

A Foreign Language Evaluation completed by a college-level language instructor is required and must be supported by a Language-Self-Evaluation completed by the applicant.

Placement Type
  • University/Post-Secondary Institution

ETA placements are determined in late fall before the grant start date. 

The Fulbright Commission will assign two Fulbright ETAs to each participating Indigenous Teacher's College at public universities throughout Brazil. Brazilian students attend three- to four-year undergraduate programs to graduate as K-12 teachers and teach at indigenous schools.

Placement Locations
  • Capital City
  • Regional City
  • Rural

Placements can be in any Brazilian city, regardless of its size and location. Individuals should not apply for or accept this award unless they are willing to take on the Fulbright assignment anywhere in Brazil.

Supplementary Project

Because teaching assistant responsibilities will not surpass 30 hours per week, grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. Applicants should consider a project that they intend to carry out if awarded the grant. Since they will not know where they will be assigned, these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location.

Examples of supplementary projects include auditing classes at the host university, researching issues related to Brazil, engaging in volunteer activities, developing new skills, or a combination of these.

Grantees should plan to spend 10 to 15 hours per week on their supplementary project. Applicants should use the Host Country Engagement section of the application form to describe their supplementary project plans.


Housing Arrangements

Very rarely can a host institution provide accommodation, but all host professors will help grantees find a place to stay for the early stages of the grant. ETAs must reach out to their program managers at the assigned university or respond to their email messages as soon as possible to explore housing options before arrival in Brazil.

Dependent financial support is NOT available

The grant does not provide financial or logistical support for dependents. Also, because ETAs are placed at universities throughout the country where limitations on family housing, schooling, and child care may exist, dependents shouldn't accompany grantees for the full grant term.

Nature of Assignment

Grantees should expect to spend 30 hours per week of classroom teaching, planning time included.  Specific teaching assistantship activities will differ from institution to institution, according to their needs. They also vary depending on the ETA's background and qualifications. Finalists who are selected for this award can expect to receive a list of possible activities that other ETAs have developed at their host institutions.


This award is co-sponsored by CAPES, the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Fulbright Commission Program Officer : aryana@fulbright.org.br
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