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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.


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 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.


54 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
September Start
Award Profile

The U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS), along with the Mexican and U.S. governments, is interested in supporting English language teaching and learning in Mexico. 

Fulbright English Teaching Assistants are placed in Mexican public institutions to support English language learning for 20 to 25 hours per week for nine months. In addition to assisting English teachers in their host institution, grantees are expected to serve as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture, actively engage with their host community and foster mutual understanding between U.S. and Mexican cultures. For grantees to further engage with their host community, they are expected to undertake a supplementary project for 15 to 20 hours per week. 

Fulbright grants in Mexico are also known as "Fulbright-García Robles" grants.

Grant Period
September Start

Grant Length: 9 months.

Grants dates: September 2022 to May 2023.

In-Country Orientation

All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation in Mexico City during the last week of August, organized and sponsored by COMEXUS. 

COMEXUS will arrange international transportation for grantees, thus, grantees should not purchase airfare without first consulting their COMEXUS Program Officer. 

Candidate Profile

All fields of study are welcome. Candidates are not expected to have majored in English or Education related fields. 

Prefered candidates will be able to articulate their interest in Mexico as well as the importance of this program for their future career plans. Candidates should demonstrate leadership skills to actively engage with their host community, act as U.S. ambassadors and foster mutual understanding between U.S. and Mexican cultures. 

Candidates must show adaptability, resourcefulness and resilience to thrive in a highly independent program. 

Accepted Degree Levels
Supplementary Project

Grantees are encouraged to develop a project related to their personal, professional and/or educational interests. The main objective of this project is for grantees to engage with their host community (v.g. department at host institution, larger academic community, community-at-large, etc.) through especific volunteer activities that should add up to 15 to 20 hours per week. 

Grantees should show flexibility while planning their suplemmentary project as it may need to be adapted or changed once the grantee learns his/her placement. 

Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Advanced

Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of classroom teaching assistance, but to acclimate and integrate into daily life in host communities. Applicants should include in the Language Self-Evaluation form plans for language study (if needed) 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 also be articulate speakers of English with native fluency.

Housing Arrangements

Neither COMEXUS nor the U.S. Embassy/Consulate will assist in locating or helping secure housing for U.S. Fulbright grantees. 

The Commission is not responsible for finding housing for grantees. The host institution will provide temporary housing options, nonetheless, it is the grantee's responsibility to find permanent housing. Although the grant provides a modest relocation award, the Commission recommends having sufficient personal funds to cover move-in expenses. 

Placement Type

Elementary School

Middle School

Secondary School

Vocational/Technical School

Teacher Training

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Placements range from elementary schools to univeristy settings, including "Normales" (teacher training colleges).

While candidates may express their preferences for their host institution's education level, they must be flexible as these are determined depending on Mexico's educational necessities. 


Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

Must not be living or working in Mexico during the application process. 

Dual citizens are welcome to apply.

Visa requirement

COMEXUS will assist in a pre-authorization visa approval process for the grantees prior to their arrival in Mexico. Within 30 days of arriving in Mexico, grantees must exchange their visa for a "Tarjeta de Residente Temporal - Estudiante". 

Candidates must have a Visa Authorization from a Mexican Consulate before entering the country on a Fulbright scholarship. For this reason, and due to Mexican immigration laws, candidates with current legal residency in Mexico will not be considered. 

Those candidates with a dual U.S. and Mexican nationality are required by Mexican law to enter Mexico on their Mexican passport and will not receive the visa. 

Other Information

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant covers maintenance and basic living expenses in Mexico, as well as one round-trip ticket (U.S.-Mexico-U.S.).

Grantees may incur in additional expenses that are not covered by the grant. It is highly recommended that grantees begin the program with some additional savings to cover these expenses, especially because the first grant payment will arrive in late September. 

Semifinalists will be invited to a virtual interview by COMEXUS in February 2022. 

Dependent support is not available
Placement Locations

Regional City

Placements range from big cities to small towns, however, most grantees are placed outside of major cities, in locations ranging from remote or rural areas to small-to-medium sized cities. 

While candidates may express geographical preferences for their placements, they must be flexible as these are determined depending on Mexico's educational necessities. 

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