2024 FULBRIGHT FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM
The U.S. Mission in Vietnam seeks qualified candidates for the 2024 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program.
ABOUT THE FLTA PROGRAM
The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month, State Department-funded, non-degree program for early career (not more than seven years of teaching experience) English teachers or professionals in related fields to teach their native language at an American college or university. Candidates who are teachers in the field of American Studies, Journalism and Media, American/English Literature, and teachers of their own language as foreign language will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Participants have an 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 the instruction of their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities. Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversations groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.
Fulbright FLTA participants will 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 in-person or virtual cultural events, language clubs, and language tables. More information about FLTA can be found here.
Fulbright FLTA participants will be required to attend two program activities, which are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the program implementing partner. Upon arrival in the United States, attendance at a U.S.-based orientation during summer 2023, prior to arrival at host institutions in August, is required of all Fulbright FLTAs. Additionally, Fulbright FLTA participants will be required to attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States (November 2024) to receive additional training on teaching techniques and pedagogy and share information about 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.
- Be Vietnamese citizen (no dual citizenship)
- Reside in Vietnam (throughout the application & selection process)
- Have at least one undergraduate degree
- Have no more than 7-year teaching experience
- Currently be a teacher of English or a professional of related fields
- A valid minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79, IELTS 6.5, PTE-A 58 or Duolingo 105 (The English test must be taken after July 31, 2021)
Competition is merit-based and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regards to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Full academic year (9 months)
The following materials comprise a complete application:
- An online application
- Original transcripts with certified English translations
- Original bachelor’s degrees with certified English translations
- Three letters of recommendation
- A valid TOELF or IELTS or PTE or Duolingo score report
- A CV or resume (maximum 2 pages)
To apply for this program, interested candidates must complete the online application at https://apply.iie.org/flta2024
A complete application package for the 2024-2025 academic year must be submitted onto the online application at https://apply.iie.org/flta2024 by 17:00 on July 31, 2023 (Vietnam time).
- Monthly stipend
- Health and accident insurance
- Round trip airfare Vietnam – USA
- Waiver of tuition fees for required coursework
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. They must also be open to 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.
Applicants must reside in their home countries throughout the nomination and selection process and must intend to return to their home countries immediately following the nine-month FLTA program. Participants must fulfill the two-year home residency requirement required by exchange participants’ J-1 visas, in which they pledge to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing mutual understanding by returning to their home countries and sharing the skills and knowledge that they have gained as program participants.
July – August 2023
Application deadline & Application review
Interviews & Nominations
March – May 2024
U.S. university placement
August – September 2024
Visa application & departure