The competition is closed for the 2017-2018 academic year. The next round of competition is likely to be announced in April/May 2017.
The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) invites applications from early career English teachers teaching at college level or professionals in related fields (e.g., American Studies, American/English Literature, etc.) for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. Indian applicants should possess by June 2017 at least a Master’s degree. Selected FLTAs from India will teach Bengali, Hindi, or Urdu at select U.S. campuses during their nine-month non-degree grant beginning August/September 2017.
The FLTA Program
The Fulbright FLTA Program, an integral part of the Fulbright Student Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is a nine-month, non-degree program for early career English teachers teaching at college level or professionals in related fields. Fulbright FLTA 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 being teaching assistants for their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities. The participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects. India is one of the countries participating in the 2017 competition.
The FLTA program promotes cross-cultural understanding in the U.S. and in the home countries of the FLTA fellows. U.S. universities benefit from the presence of a native speaker on their campuses. FLTA fellows provide teaching assistance, by serving in various capacities, which may include teaching up to two classes per semester, and typically facilitate cultural events, language clubs and language tables. FLTA fellows are required to enroll in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in U.S. Studies. Fellows and U.S. students have a unique opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and customs, and to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. FLTA fellows must return to their home countries upon completion of the program. As a result of the program, FLTA alumni return with a high proficiency in English and are able to speak with authenticity and authority about the United States, its values and its people.
All FLTA fellows receive a monthly stipend, health insurance and travel support. U.S. host institutions provide tuition awards to support the required coursework. The FLTA program does not provide J-2 visas for spouses or dependents.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Be citizens of India. Persons applying for or holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible. Fulbright fellows enter the U.S. on an exchange visitor (J-1) visa and are subject to the two-year home residence requirement associated with J-1 visa. Applicants must be residing in India throughout the application, nomination and selection process.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism.
Fluency in English is mandatory.
A score of no less than 213 (CBT), 79-80 (iBT) or 550 (PBT) on the TOEFL is required. TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application. Candidates recommended by the selection committee will have to appear for the TOEFL in November 2016. USIEF will provide fee vouchers towards the TOEFL exam.
Candidates should possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree with a good academic record. Indian applicants should have at least a Master’s degree by June 2017.
Is a young teacher of English at the college level or training to become a teacher of English, or is a young professional in a related field.
Prior teaching experience is preferred in case of English language teachers or those training to become teachers of English.
Important: The FLTA Program is a NON-DEGREE and non-renewable program and those wishing to pursue degree studies in the United States should not apply. All FLTA fellows must return to their home countries upon completion of the nine-month program. No extension requests will be supported. No dependents are allowed to accompany fellows on this program. Pregnant candidates may not participate in this program if the birth is due during the program period.
Material misinterpretation (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.
FLTA Applicant Profile
FLTA candidates should be energetic, early career educators capable of succeeding in the dual role of teaching assistant and student. They must have a sincere interest in teaching their native language and culture to U.S. students. Through their application they should demonstrate knowledge of their culture and current events in their home country. They should have leadership skills, the ability to motivate students to learn and the ability to relate to them in an emphatic manner. FLTAs should have a desire to meet people and become a part of the community by participating in community events and campus activities. They should also be able to work creatively and be self-reliant while being willing to work cooperatively as part of a team with faculty, staff and students. 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 will be given to candidates who have little or no prior experience living in the United States. Fellows must be flexible with placements at smaller or more ethnically diverse U.S. academic institutions. At the conclusion of the program, Indian fellows will be expected to return to India, making an immediate impact by utilizing the skills gained and sharing the experiences gleaned from their time in the U.S.
How to Apply
You are required to submit an online application along with supporting documents. Candidates can access the online application at https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/flta . For instructions on completing the online application, please click here.
In addition to submitting the application online, you must send the three confidential letters of reference, academic marksheets/transcripts, English language proficiency test scores (if any) and passport copy.
Employed applicants need to submit their applications through proper channel by the application deadline.
All eligible applications will be screened. Short-listed applicants will have to appear for an interview before a selection committee in New Delhi, in October/November 2016. Candidates recommended by the selection committee will have to appear for the TOEFL in November 2016. USIEF will provide fee vouchers towards the TOEFL exam. Applications of recommended candidates will be forwarded to the U.S. for further review. Candidates will be notified of their awards by March 2017. The final selection is dependent on the ability to match requests of U.S. host institution with language skills of the candidates. FLTA participants will be required to attend an orientation in India during the summer of 2017 before arriving at their host institutions in August 2017. FLTA fellows will also be required to attend a mid-year enrichment workshop in the U.S. to share and discuss foreign language teaching best practices and their current teaching experience with other FLTA fellows.
For any further queries, you can write to Dr. Gayatri Singhal at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Application Deadline: September 1, 2016