Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Fulbright English Teaching Award (ETA)

About the Fulbright English Teaching Award (ETA)

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. The Fulbright program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the IIE (Institute of International Education). The program’s goals include the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.”
The two major U.S. student programs include the research/study program and the English Teaching Assistantships (ETA). Research/study applicants propose an independent project and secure an affiliation with an institution in the host country, while ETA applicants prepare to teach English in their host country. Fulbright ETAs are placed is schools to supplement that school’s English instruction and/or provide instruction by a native English speaker. Students from any field of study (including creative and performing arts) are encouraged to apply.

Special Location of award, if applicable: International English Teaching

Eligible applicants:

-must be US citizens
– are graduating seniors, master’s or doctoral students, or young professionals
– anticipate fostering cultural exchange through engagement in the host country
– meet the foreign language requirements (varies by country)

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Fulbright English Teaching Award (ETA) application process:

Start by reviewing the Fulbright US Student Program to determine whether this program is a good fit for you. Attend an informational workshop, hosted by CFSA inthe spring semester. Discuss with CFSA and your mentor(s) your plans to apply. Research the country(ies) that you intend to apply to

Start your application on the Fulbright website by June 1 and check “Syracuse University” as your institution.
The application components include:
– a personal statement
– a statement of grant purpose
– three letters of recommendation

All SU applicants have to go through the campus endorsement process. The deadline for submitting your application for internal endorsement is in early September. From mid through late September, the SU Campus Fulbright Committee organizes an interview session with each applicant. Subsequently, the Committee completes an evaluation form and makes an endorsement recommendation that is included in the applicant’s application file. All applications are submitted to Fulbright regardless of the endorsement assessment.

After the interviews, applicants are free to make minor changes to their applications before the final submission.

CFSA submits the applications for all SU applicants to Fulbright.

The national deadline is in early October.

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started.

Advising contact:

Professor Susan Wadley  Email:
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