Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Initial Bowdoin Deadline: September 10, 2014 (noon) (Includes References and Evaluations)
Campus Interview: September 15 - 26, 2014
Final Bowdoin Deadline: October 9, 2014 (noon)
Web site: http://us.fulbrightonline.org
Campus Contact: Cindy Stocks, Kate Myall

*Information derived from http://us.fulbrightonline.org 

Resources for Fulbright Applicants: 

  1. Three online tutorials.  These up-to-date, accessible slideshow videos allow applicants to learn about the basics of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

  2. Visit and subscribe to the Fulbright U.S. Student Blog. The blog features tips and advice on applying, student testimonials, and a calendar with upcoming webinars and campus visits. 
  3. The Fulbright Program attempts to be always accessible on social media streams - including Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn - so you can stay abreast of updates through your preferred medium. 

Description. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. In most cases, an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture. (The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.) At the same time, U.S. participants are encouraged to conduct community work, gain from intensive cross-cultural interactions, and possibly increase their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. Applicants for English Teaching Assistantships can apply to only one country. Consult this table for details on specific country requirements and numbers of awards.

ETA grants, which are offered in approximately 70 different countries, vary greatly by country.  See the Participating Country Summary for details on placements, responsibilities and opportunities for research or coursework. All Fulbright ETA affiliations will be made by either the Fulbright Commission or the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in the host country.

Last year, the overall funding rate for ETA program was approximately 22%.

Benefits. English Teaching Assistantship grantees will be provided with round-trip transportation; maintenance for the academic year; supplemental health and accident coverage; tuition assistance, in some cases; and language or orientation programs, where appropriate.


An overview of eligibility requirements are listed below; however applicants should visit the "Eligibility" portion of the Fulbright website for complete details.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant.
  • Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application, but may hold a J.D. degree.
  • Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.
  • The language requirements vary greatly by country. Applicants should review the applicable country profile to ensure their written and spoken language skills are sufficient.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Foreign study during junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have not resided or studied for more than six months in the country to which they are applying for.

Bowdoin's Initial Application Process. 

Part A

By the Initial Bowdoin Deadline (see above), you must:

  • Provide a signed and witnessed "Permission Form and Waiver" to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research.  This document can either be hand-delivered to Cindy Stocks in 110 Kanbar Hall or electronically submitted to cstocks@bowdoin.edu.
  • Electronically submit a completed Fulbright ETA application. By clicking the "submit" button in the online application, you will be releasing your application to Bowdoin's Office of Student Fellowships and Research, not to Fulbright. The Office of Student Fellowships and Research is responsible for distributing your application to the campus review committee and will electronically return your application to you in a matter of days. A complete Fulbright ETA application includes the following:

Parts B - E

Online Application
Pages 1 to 5
Basic Data
Online Application
Page 6
Statement of Grant Purpose (one typed, single-spaced page). Please see "Tips for ETA Applicants"  on the Fulbright website for guidance and formatting instructions.                         
Online Application Pages 7-8 Letters of Affiliation**. (Not applicable to English Teaching Assistants)           
Online Application
Page 9
Personal Statement (one typed, single-spaced page). Please see "Tips for ETA Applicants" on the Fulbright website for guidance and formatting instructions.
Online Application
Page 10**
Language Self Evaluation** (Form 7).
Online Application
Page 11**
Critical Language Enhancement Award Supplementary Form** (Form 7A). Will follow Personal Statement, if applicant answers "yes" to Preliminary Question #4.
Form 11** Creative and Performing Arts Supplementary Materials Form** (will follow pages listed above, if applicant answers 'yes' to Preliminary Question #5)
Online Application
Pages 12-14
Transcript(s). Uploads of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools. Please see "Tips for ETA Applicants" for more detailed instructions.

Part F (References and Evaluation)

  1. Foreign Language Evaluation** (Form 8). Applicants must enter their language evaluator's name and email address into the online application well in advance of the deadline. Doing so triggers the online system to send an email with instructions for foreign language evaluators. The evaluator must complete the form online and electronically submit the form. (View a sample Foreign Language Evaluation.)
  2. Three ETA References.  Three separate recommendations (Form 9B) must be electronically submitted. Please note Form 9B is NOT a general letter of recommendation; referees must respond to specific prompts (view a sample ETA Reference Form 9B). Applicants are strongly encourage to read the "References" section on the"Tips for ETA" page of the Fulbright website well in advance of the deadline for guidance on who the applicant should ask to serve as a recommender and for an explanation of the process. Applicants must enter each recommender's name and email address into the online application well in advance of the deadline. Doing so triggers the online system to send an email with instructions to the referee.  Recommenders will complete Form 9B online and electronically submit it.

**Indicates "if applicable"

Bowdoin is required to rate all Bowdoin applicants (scale is from 1 - 4; 1 = exceptional, 4 = not recommended); this is accomplished through a brief interview. If all of the above materials are submitted on time, you will be scheduled for a campus interview. Once the interview is complete, it is your responsibility to continue revising your application in preparation for the final submission (see "Final Bowdoin deadline" above).

Materials for Final Application. By the "Final Bowdoin Deadline" (see above) applicants must electronically submit their completed Fulbright application. Please note that the "Final Bowdoin Deadline" is several days earlier than the submission deadline posted on the Fulbright website to allow the Office of Student Fellowships and Research the needed time to process your application before releasing it to Fulbright. Without exception, Bowdoin students are expected to meet the "Final Bowdoin Deadline."  A complete Fulbright ETA application includes:

Forms 1 - 3 Basic Data
Form 4 Student Record Form
Form 5 Statement of Grant Purpose
Form 6 Personal Statement
Form 7** Language Self-Evaluation
Form 7A** Critical Language Enhancement Award Supplementary Form**
Form 8** Foreign Language Evaluation**
Form 9B (3) ETA Reference Forms
Uploads of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (this includes study-abroad institutions).

**Indicates if applicable

mollie friedlander

Mollie Friedlander '14
After graduating with degrees in neuroscience and Spanish, Mollie will head to Madrid, Spain as an English Teaching Assistant. There she will draw upon her experiences teaching Spanish, chemistry, and dance to a wide range of students, as well as the Spanish language skills she honed while studying abroad in Argentina. In addition to her teaching responsibilities in Madrid, Mollie plans to volunteer with a healthcare organization. Upon completing her Fulbright experience, she plans to attend medical school.

yoni held

Yoni Held '14
Yoni’s long-term goal of addressing global climate change at the policy level was the driving factor behind his decision to apply to Bangladesh. In addition to teaching English to his Bangladeshi students, Yoni plans to carry out place-based education projects and small-scale sustainability projects. During his Fulbright year, Yoni will draw upon his experiences as a summer camp counselor, Hebrew language instructor for young students, Residential Life proctor, and coordinator of Sustainable Bowdoin's zero-waste program.