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U.S. Department of State - Fulbright U.S. Student Program - English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)


The deadlines above are internal campus deadlines for UIUC graduate students only. For students at other universities, contact your Fulbright Program Advisor for details on your campus deadlines.

UIUC Campus Deadlines:
     Priority Review Deadline (Highly Recommended): June 3, 2022
     Required Campus Deadline: July 15, 2022

UIUC Information Sessions & Workshops: scroll down to the bottom of the page for details.

NOTE: This listing describes the Fulbright grants for English Teaching Assistantships. For information on Fulbright grants for research, study, and arts, visit this page

Award Description:

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) programs are a component of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, are are offered in many countries in Asia, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Near East and North Africa, and Europe. Applicants can apply to only one country. Consult this table for details on specific country requirements and numbers of awards. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. The grant period corresponds to the academic year in the host country.


Award amount:

In some countries, grants may also include:

TO APPLY (for graduate students at the University of Illinois)


All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a priority review application in order to receive feedback from the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships. The priority review application package must first have been reviewed by the applicant’s advisor, and it should contain the following components:

Applicants should email these materials to the Office of External Fellowships at  Advisors in the Office of External Fellowships will conduct a thorough review of the materials and meet with applicants individually to discuss strategies for improvement.


Fulbright encourages universities to submit an institutional evaluation and endorsement for all applicants. An institutional endorsement lends credence to the application and contributes to the student’s chances of winning. To receive institutional endorsement, all graduate-level Fulbright applications must be submitted via Fulbright's online application portal by the campus deadline of July 15, and students must then be interviewed by a campus review committee. 

The application submitted for the July 15 campus deadline should be complete, including letters of recommendation, affiliation, and language evaluations.

Graduate applicants must assemble their own review committees. Each applicant must recruit three Illinois faculty members to serve on their review committee, and those faculty members should not be among those writing letters of recommendation for the applicant to Fulbright. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Office of External Fellowships about the composition of their committee. 

By the campus deadline, the applicant must email the Office of External Fellowships the names, titles, and email addresses of three faculty members who have agreed to serve in this capacity. 

With the names of those faculty members in hand, the Office of External Fellowships will schedule interviews to take place from August 1 to August 26. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Interviews have two purposes: 1) to evaluate the candidate and report that evaluation to Fulbright, and 2) to offer constructive criticism to the applicant. 

Following their interviews, applicants will have until October 3 to revise and resubmit their applications through Fulbright's online portal.


Applicants who met the campus deadline and were interviewed must submit their revised applications via Fulbright’s online portal by the final submission deadline of October 3. Applications submitted must include all of the required supporting documents and all letters of recommendation. Late or incomplete applications, along with applications for which there has been no campus interview, will not receive institutional endorsement. Instead, they will be submitted as is and without an official endorsement or evaluation.    

Notification of Results: In late January 2023, students are notified if they have been selected as a semi-finalist, i.e., if their application has been reviewed favorably by the National Screening Committee and forwarded to the host-country review panel. Semi-finalists will be required to submit their official transcripts at that time. Select countries conduct telephone interviews of semi-finalists, usually by early April. Semi-finalists are notified of their award status usually between March and June.

UIUC INFORMATION SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (each session will be offered twice):

UIUC Contact:
Office of External Fellowships
Graduate College

Fulbright/Institute of International Education Contact:

Recorded Webinars:



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