Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowships

Program Overview

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award approximately six English Teaching Assistant Fellowships to students  2020/2021 (October 2020-June 2021).

Preference will be given to applicants who hold a degree in English literature, TEFL/linguistics, American studies or education.

Holders of Bachelor’s, Master’s  degrees or doctoral students may apply for the  fellowship.  Those still engaged in Bachelor’s degree studies at the time of application are also eligible, if they will complete their studies and receive their degrees prior to the planned commencement date of their fellowships.  Those who have already completed all the requirements for receipt of a doctoral degree at the time of application are not eligible to request English Teaching Assistant awards.

Candidates should be articulate individuals with the skills and motivation needed to assist teaching English language and also American culture to Israeli Jewish and Israeli Arab college students. USIEF awards are granted on the basis of academic excellence, the leadership promise of the applicant, and the potential of the proposed visit to both advance knowledge and enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Israel.

Preference will be given to applicants who have had limited or no prior experience in Israel.

Knowledge of intermediate Hebrew and/or Arabic is recommended, but not mandatory. 

English Teaching Assistants will be placed in English classes at colleges in the south and north of Israel, according to their background, level of teaching experience, and field of knowledge. ETAs assist English teachers in the classroom for up to 20 hours per week.  They may be asked to conduct conversation practice in small groups and/or help students from underprivileged communities with a poor command of the English language.  Assignments may vary depending on the college’s needs and ETAs abilities.

The Foundation reserves the exclusive right to determine, within the framework of applicable law and regulations, the qualitative standards for the evaluation of applications forwarded to it by the responsible agency in the United States.  The Foundation is not under any obligation to provide the reasons for its decisions regarding the allocation of Fellowships.

Interested candidates can find country data information on Israel on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website under the heading Facts About Israel.

Grant Benefits

  • A stipend for the full academic year (nine months) is $23,300. 
  • Hebrew and/or Arabic language study fees (maximum – $1,700)
  • limited health insurance for the grantee only
  • orientation meetings in Israel (attendance compulsory), and other grantee events during the course of the year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application; permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  • Individuals already residing in Israel are not eligible to apply for a grant.
  • Candidates must be in good health. All applicants selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be activated.
  • Prior conviction or current indictment for a felony may result in disqualification.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not had substantial, recent experience Israel.
  • Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.

Application Procedures

The English Teaching Assistant Fellowship is administered for the Department of State by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Details on the program and on submission of applications may be found on the IIE website here.

At-large applicants (i.e., those not currently enrolled as students) must submit their applications directly to the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The final date for receipt of applications for 2020/2021 by IIE will be in October 11, 2019.

Candidates currently enrolled as students at an institution of higher learning must submit their applications through their college/university. On-campus submission deadlines are usually in the first half of September.  For full details regarding the on-campus application process, students should contact the Fulbright Program Adviser on their campuses.  The names and contact details of campus Fulbright Program Advisers are listed on IIE’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be at a disadvantage if I have studied previously in Israel?
Yes. While applicants who have had a previous Israel experience may receive awards, preference will be given to applicants without such experience.
May my spouse apply for a Fulbright grant at the same time that I apply?

For further information or inquiries, please contact: 
Noa Turgeman
phone: 03-5172131 ext. 203
e-mail: NoaT@fulbright.org.il

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