Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program (FLTA)

U.S. Mission Vietnam is pleased to announce the 2020 competition for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) Program. In FY 2020, we expect approximately 400 students worldwide to participate in the Fulbright FLTA program, depending upon the availability of funds. Up to four primary candidates and two alternate candidates from Vietnam will be nominated.

Program Description

The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month, fully-funded, non-degree program for early career English teachers or professionals in related fields (e.g., American Studies, American/English Literature, etc.). Participants have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while serving as teaching assistants in their native language and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities. Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.

Fulbright FLTA participants may assist in up to twenty hours of language classes a week and are required to enroll in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in U.S. Studies. Coursework is offered on either an audit or credit basis. Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs, and language tables.

Fulbright FLTA participants will be required to attend a U.S.-based orientation sponsored by ECA during the summer of 2020 before arriving at their host institutions in August. Fulbright FLTA participants will also be required to attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States, hosted by ECA and coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE), to share and discuss foreign language teaching best practices and their current teaching experiences with other Fulbright FLTA participants.

Fulbright FLTA participants are required to return to their home countries upon completion of the nine-month program. The Fulbright FLTA program does not support dependents or family members. Candidates may not have any dependents accompany them for any length of time during the program, although family and friends may visit program participants during holiday periods. As an extension of this policy, pregnant candidates may not participate in the program if the birth is expected during the program period.

Fulbright FLTA Program awards provide:

  • A monthly stipend
  • Accident and illness coverage
  • Travel support
  • Waiver of tuition fees for the required coursework

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold Vietnamese citizenship
  • Reside in Vietnam (throughout the application & selection process)
  • Have at least one undergraduate degree
  • Currently be teachers of English or professionals of related fields (American Studies, American Literature, etc.)
  • A valid minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79 or IELTS 6.5

HOW to apply?
All applicants must APPLY ONLINE at: https://apply.iie.org/FLTA2020
A complete online application package must include:

  1. An online application
  2. Original Transcripts with certified English translations
  3. Original bachelor degrees with certified English translations
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. A valid TOEFL or IELTS score report.
  6. A CV or resume (maximum 2 pages)

If you do not submit all required documents, your application will be withdrawn from the competition.
Deadline for application submission: August 10, 2019


Selection will be based on the candidates’ leadership skills, ability to motivate students to learn, and interest in teaching their native language and culture to U.S. students. Candidates should have a desire to meet people and become a part of their host community by participating in community events and campus activities. Candidates should also be creative and self-reliant team players, who are able to maintain excellent relationships with faculty, staff, and students.

FLTA applicants should be energetic, early career educators capable of succeeding in the dual role of teaching assistant and student. They must be open to living with their U.S. student peers in undergraduate or graduate level campus housing and also engaging with faculty and staff with maturity and professionalism.

Preference is given to those candidates who have little or have no prior experience living in the United States. Participants will have no input with regard to placement at U.S. institutions, and should know that one goal of the Fulbright FLTA program is to place participants in all 50 states, at institutions representing the diversity of American education.

Applicants must demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity, and professionalism. Material misrepresentation (e.g., plagiarism) at any time during the application or grant period is grounds for selection withdrawal or grant termination, as well as ineligibility for future participation.


  • May 2019: Grant announcement
  • August 2019: Application deadline & Application review
  • September 2019: Interviews & Nominations
  • March – May 2020: U.S. university placement
  • August – September 2020: Visa application & departure

Point of contact:
Ms. Nguyen Thi Hanh
Program Assistant
Phone: 04-3850-5089