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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.

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 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.

Costa Rica

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Applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisors at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.  

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Grant Length: 10 months.

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Grants must start between August 2022 and March 2023. Most grantees choose to begin in the fall, but the start date is flexible depending on the project. The latest possible start date is March 31, 2023.

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As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Costa Rica are required to participate in the Pre-Departure Orientation.

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Candidates should have a degree in a field related to the topic of the proposed project.

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Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is required.

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Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations with an academic institution, research facility, or another appropriate organization, and for submitting supporting documentation verifying this affiliation at the time of application.

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Open Study/Research Award
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The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grantees are placed in classrooms to provide assistance to the local English Teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.  

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In Costa Rica, ETAs teach to students at high-school and higher education levels, outside of the capital.

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Grant Length: 10 months.

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Grants begin in mid-January or early February 2023. 

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As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Costa Rica are required to participate in the Pre-Departure Orientation.

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Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, education or TEFL/applied linguistics with experience teaching or tutoring and who have an interest in working in an international educational environment are preferred. Other fields will be seriously considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy.

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Additional Information: Applicants should discuss plans for language study between time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form: Language Self-Evaluation.  A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

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Successful candidates must be articulate English speakers with native fluency.

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ETAs should make their own housing arrangements with the guidance and support of the contacts at the host institution.  

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Former ETAs also serve as mentors to the newly selected ETAs.

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Teaching placements will be made by the U.S. Embassy. ETAs are usually placed at Costa Rican universities outside the capital of San Jose that host the Access Microscholarship Program.  The sites of the program are in rural areas, so grantees must be willing to live in communities far from the capital.

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ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, leading conversation clubs and/or encouraging students to communicate in English.

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English Teaching Assistant Award