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 usually 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, all in the full maintenance category.
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.
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 the 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 2021-2022 should contact an advisor in the spring of 2020.)
The application deadline for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program 2021-2022 will be in early October 2020 - more information will be available in the spring of 2020. The IIE Online application system closes at 5:00 P.M. EST and applications have to be fully submitted by then. 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.