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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.


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

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.


5 English Teaching Assistant Award

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

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Ecuadorian higher education institutions by establishing the presence of native speakers. At the same time, U.S. participants will gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction with Ecuadorian students and faculty. 


The grantee will be assigned to a specific academic higher education institution based on the candidate's academic profile and the specific needs of the host institution. ETAs will be assigned as language-teaching assistants for up to 25 hours per week. Responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, and/or encouraging students to communicate in English. 


Grantees are required to engage in a social/volunteer project related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. Approximately 10 to 15 hours per week are to be spent on this project. These activities should be flexible with respect to geographic location. 

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
September Start

Grant Length: 9-month grant from mid September 2023 to mid June 2024.

The grant period starts with an orientation in Ecuador organized by the Fulbright Commission in Ecuador. Attendance at the orientation program is mandatory for all English Teaching Assistants.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

Participation in Commission-led virtual pre-departure orientation activities and attendance at the in-country arrival orientation are mandatory for all grantees.

Candidate Profile

Applications should demonstrate an interest in working in an educational environment. Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, Education, or TEFL/Applied Linguistics with experience teaching or tutoring are preferred. Other fields will be considered seriously if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy. 


Because this is a student program, candidates with more than three years of teaching experience or a master's degree in TESOL at the time of application may be considered over-qualified and not eligible for this program. 

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:
6 Months
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Intermediate

Additional Information:  Spanish language proficiency is necessary in order to communicate on a daily basis. Applicants should include in the Language Self-Evaluation plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant.  A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Successful candidates must be articulate English-speakers with native fluency.

Placement Type
  • University/Post-Secondary Institution

Grantees will be placed at language centers at higher education institutions or universities preparing future English teachers.  


ETAs will be assigned as language-training assistants but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Responsibilities may include preparing classroom activities, encouraging students to speak and write in English, and giving presentations on different topics related to the United States and its culture. The Fulbright Commission will match the grantee with the appropriate host institution. 

Placement Locations
  • Capital City
  • Regional City
  • Rural

Placements are usually in cities outside Quito, including rural locations in the outskirts of the capital city.

Supplementary Project

English Teaching Assistant responsibilities will be up to 25 hours per week; therefore, 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 pursue if awarded the grant. They should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location, since they will not know where they will be placed. For example, grantees may pursue a course of study, conduct research into topics or issues related to Ecuador, engage in specific volunteer activities, or a combination of these. 

In the Statements of Grant Purpose, applicants should briefly describe their project plans and address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Ecuador; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement. 

Remember that the primary activity for ETAs is in the classroom and not carrying out the supplementary project. The Commission may discuss alternative projects with the grantee when the placement is made. Applicants with strong project proposals may wish to consider the Study/Research grant program. 

Housing Arrangements

ETAs will be assigned a tutor at the host institution. The ETA tutor will help the grantee locate a safe place to live.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
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