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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 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.

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 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.

Brazil

40 English Teaching Assistant Award

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

ETAs will be assigned as language learning assistants working for up to 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
February Start

Grant Length: 9 months.

Grant dates will correspond to the academic year in Brazil, from March to December 2024. The grant period starts with an orientation organized by the Fulbright Commission. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.

The grantees' first responsibility is to the Fulbright program and the Brazilian institution to where they are assigned.  Requests for travel outside of Brazil should be limited to 14 cumulative days and must coincide with the break in the host institution's academic calendar.  Excluding emergencies, including those involving family members in the United States, 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.

Grantees may not be in Brazil for more than three cumulative months in the 12 months before the grant start date.  Exceptions may be considered for in-country formal language study.

Orientation
In-Country Orientation

Mandatory 

Four days between late February and early March 2024.

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 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 2024. 
Eligibility
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:
4 Months

Exceptions will be granted for short-term residency in the host country for formal language learning, and for no more than three months in the 12 months prior to the start of the grant.

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
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 the late fall before the grant start date. 

The Fulbright Commission assigns one to two Fulbright ETAs to each participating Teacher's College at public and private universities throughout Brazil. Brazilian students attend three- to four-year undergraduate programs to graduate as English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers.

The Fulbright Commission matches grantees with the appropriate host institutions, basing assignments on the host institutions' needs and selected candidates' profiles.   

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 Commission assignment anywhere in Brazil.

 

Supplementary Project
Required

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. Still, since they will not know where they will be assigned, these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location.

Examples of supplementary projects are taking classes of your interest at the university, researching issues related to Brazil, engaging in volunteer activities, developing new skills, or combining these.

Grantees should plan to spend 10 to 15 hours per week on their supplementary project.

Use the Host Country Engagement section of the application form to describe your project plans.

 

 
Housing Arrangements

ETAs must reach out to their program managers at the assigned host university or respond to their email messages as soon as possible to discuss housing options before arrival in Brazil.

Dependents
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 for family housing, schooling, and/or child care may exist, dependents shouldn't accompany grantees for the full grant term.

Nature of Assignment

One should expect to spend up to 30 hours per week of classroom teaching, planning time included.  Specific teaching assistantship activities can vary from institution to institution and depend on the ETA's background and qualifications.

Funding

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
aryana@fulbright.org.br
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