The program helps to improve the teaching of the English language and American studies at all types of German schools. U.S. teaching assistants usually cooperate closely with a German teacher of English and take over certain responsibilities in the classroom, especially with regard to projects on the U.S. The duration of the award is one school year, beginning in early September and ending in late June.
University affiliation and part-time study may be feasible when the assigned school is located in or near a town with a university.
The program is administered by Fulbright Germany in close cooperation with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) in Bonn.
Approximately 140 grants are available.
More information on the personal profile and expected duties and responsibilities of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) can be found here.
U.S. students holding at least a B.A. by the time of arrival in Germany, typically in German or German Studies, but other subjects will be considered if applicants have a good German proficency.
Applicants with a U.S.-German dual citizenship are not eligible.
Equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion, and educational equity are among the fundamental principles of Fulbright Germany. Applications are open to all individuals regardless of gender, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, social status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Fulbright Germany encourages applicants from traditionally underrepresented student groups to apply for all of its scholarships, programs, and other activities.
The application procedure is handled by the Institute of International Education. Please check their website first.
Applicants still affiliated with a university should consult the Fulbright Program Advisor at their institution for application information and deadline. At-large applicants (no longer at a university) should contact the Institute of International Education directly.
Applicants should contact their advisor or IIE in the spring preceding the year in which they wish to teach in Germany. (For example, those who would like to teach in the academic year 2022-2023 should contact an advisor in the spring of 2021.)
The application deadline for the ETA Program 2024-2025 is Tuesday October 10, 2023 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Further information on the IIE timeline is available here.
All applications will be reviewed by special selection committees, and grants are awarded in competition and depending on funds available.