5 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
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 26 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 through conversation clubs.
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-month grant from September 2024 to June 2025.
Participation in Commission-led virtual pre-departure orientation activities and attendance at the in-country arrival orientation are mandatory for all grantees.
Applications should demonstrate an interest in working in an educational environment and flexibility in adapting to new environments. Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, Education, or TEFL/Applied Linguistics with experience teaching or tutoring are preferred. Other fields will be considered 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.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary in order to communicate on a daily basis. Applicants should include in the plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant a Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish-language instructor is also required.
Successful candidates must be English-speakers with native fluency.
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
Grantees will be placed in language programs 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.
- Capital City
- Regional City
Placements are usually in cities outside Quito.
English Teaching Assistant responsibilities will be up to 26 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 on 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 research project proposals may wish to consider the Study/Research grant program.
ETAs will be assigned a tutor at the institution where they will be placed. The ETA tutor will help the grantee find a safe place to live.