Fulbright Awards


THE FULBRIGHT ETA (ENGLISH TEACHING ASSISTANT) GRANT places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for U.S. culture. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.

Applicants for English Teaching Assistantships can apply to only one country. For a list of countries to which you can apply, see this website: ETA Program Charts . This website provides information on the name of the country, the number of grants awarded each year, the number of applicants, the number of placement possibilities, and the host country language recommendations. In other words, if you apply to be an ETA in Sri Lanka or Jordan, do you need to have any previous knowledge of the languages spoken there?

THE FULBRIGHT STUDY/RESEARCH GRANT funds projects in both academic and arts fields. Generally, these grants are for students who wish to pursue in-depth research on a project they started in college. They show that they need to do additional research abroad and either learn or improve their command of a foreign language. Fulbright Study/Research grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country. Each country has its own requirements. For further information, see this website: Fulbright countries Requirements

Creative and performing arts applicants are required to submit supplementary materials based on their disciplines. Four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement for this grant.

FULBRIGHT MTVU GRANTS: A few (a very few) grants are available for all countries where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to recent graduates. In addition to the Fulbright application, an mtvU Documentation and Outreach Plan is required. MMC candidates must have a fully developed, well-researched plan with clear, supporting documentation of support (letters of affiliation) from the host institution. Candidates without this type of application will not be recommended by the Campus Evaluation Committee.

FULBRIGHT SUMMER INSTITUTE GRANTS: The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers US first-and second-year undergraduates the opportunity to take part in one of nine different Summer Institutes in leading UK universities throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The institutions include the following: 

AIFS Shakespeare’s Globe Summer Institute

Durham University Summer Institute

King’s College London Summer Institute

Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute

Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute

Scotland Summer Institute

University of Bristol Summer Institute

University of Exeter Summer Institute

Wales Summer Institute

Each of these institutes offers a different academic and cultural experience for undergraduates and lasts between three and six weeks. Detailed institute eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found on the Fulbright Commission website.   Applications are due in late February or early March each year.  

For more information, please also see this flyer .


  • U.S. citizenship at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • B.A. degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant.
  • Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  • Proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
  • Note: you cannot defer a Fulbright grant.


  • Candidates who have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Undergraduate study abroad will not be considered at a disadvantage.
  • Candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
  • For most programs, applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply.


Grant benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants include:

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits.

In some countries, grants may also include:

  • Book and research allowances. Grantees with projects that require extensive research support, in-country travel, study materials, or equipment should explore additional funding from other sources to supplement the Fulbright funding.
  • Mid-term enrichment activities
  • Full or partial tuition
  • Language study programs
  • Pre-departure and in-country orientations


  • For example: 376 applicants to Taiwan for AY 2019-20; 90 awards
  • Fulbright places ETAs in schools where they are most needed.
  • ETAs work 20-30 hours each week
  • Preference is given to graduating Seniors
  • You can do a small side-project or hold an internship while you do your ETA work
  • Language requirements are somewhat lower for ETA grants than for Study/Research grants; applicants can have a basic/intermediate level of knowledge of the host language.
  • Most applicants want to become teachers or college professors, or are interested in helping students, or are interested in youth programs, etc.


  1. Consult with a faculty adviser on your plan
  2. Consult with Prof. Bell on your plan
  3. Download and complete a Pre-Application for Fulbright Awards. Forward it, along with all of the supplementary documents, to Prof. Bell. For a copy of the form, CLICK HERE
  4. All Fulbright applicants must complete and submit their application via the Embark Fulbright Online Application. Enter data, upload documents, and register your reference writers and foreign language evaluator.


For both the Academic (Study/Research) application and the ETA application:

  1. Biographical Data: The first pages of the application ask for all of your basic personal information, such as your name, contact information, birth date, etc. They also ask for the details of your academic background, occupational experience, extracurricular activities, publications, and previous foreign experience. Here, also, you must include a project title and an abstract of the Statement of Grant Purpose, along with a brief explanation of your future plans upon returning to the U.S.
  2. Statement of Grant Purpose – for Academic Grant: This 2-page document outlines the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of what you are proposing for your Fulbright year. Developing a strong, feasible, and compelling project is the most important aspect of a successful Fulbright application. The first step is to familiarize yourself with the program summary for the host country. The program design will vary somewhat depending upon the country and the field of study. The proposal should indicate a clear commitment to and description of how you will engage with the host country community.

    Format: single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, 1 inch margins.

    Statement of Grant Purpose – for ETA grant: This 1-page document outlines why you are interested in teaching English to non-native speakers as well as why you have chosen to apply to a particular country. You should clearly describe what you will be able to bring to the classroom in the host country as well as explain any ideas you have on how to reach students coming from a different pedagogical tradition.

    The proposal should indicate a clear commitment to and description of how you will engage with the host country community.

    Format: Single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, 1 inch margins.

  3. Personal Statement (for both grants): This 1-page narrative is designed to give the reviewers a picture of you as an individual. It is an opportunity to tell the committee more about the trajectory that you have followed and what plans you have for the future. Whereas the Statement of Grant Purpose focuses on what you will be doing in the host country, the Personal Statement concentrates on how your background has influenced your development and how that relates to the Fulbright opportunity.

    The statement can deal with your personal history, family background, intellectual development, and the educational, professional, or cultural opportunities to which you have been exposed; explain their impact. This should not be a reiteration of facts already listed in the Biographical Data sections or an elaboration of the Statement of Grant Purpose.

    Format: single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, 1 inch margins.

  4. Foreign Language Forms (for both grants): Language requirements vary by country, so before starting the application you should note the specific requirements of the proposed host country. You must possess the necessary language skills to successfully complete the project you are proposing.

    For programs where language skills are required, you must submit both a Language Self Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation Form, which is completed by a professional language teacher. Submission of both forms is mandatory, even if you have advanced skills or native speaker ability. Failure to submit the forms may affect your eligibility.

    For programs where language skills are recommended but are not required, if you possess some language skills you should submit both a Language Self Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation Form, which is completed by a professional language teacher. It will be advantageous to have your language ability documented, even though it is not required.

    For programs in countries where English is one of the national languages, you do not need to submit any foreign language forms unless a foreign language is required for your project.

    Note: You should be evaluated only in the languages relevant to your application. If you are applying to study in Japan, don’t be evaluated in your capacity to speak French.
  5. References – for Academic grants: You must submit three (3) reference letters as part of the application. The authors should be the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to carry out the project being proposed; they should discuss your intellectual and professional preparation, and your ability to represent the U.S. abroad. You should provide the reference writer with a copy of your Statement of Grant Purpose before requesting the reference letter. The reference letter should NOT simply be a character reference, as this will be of no value in assessing your ability to complete the proposed project.

    References – for ETA applications:
     You must submit three (3) references as part of the application. The reference writers will be provided an electronic form that they will use to respond to a series of short-answer questions regarding items such as your communication skills, interest in teaching, and ability to work in unstructured environments. Reference writers for English Teaching Assistantship applicants do not submit their own narrative letters. The referees completing the ETA reference forms should be the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to teach English in a classroom abroad based on your intellectual and professional preparation. You should provide the reference writers with a copy of your Statement of Grant Purpose before requesting the references. The reference letter should NOT simply be a character reference, as this will be of no value in assessing your ability to be a successful English Teaching Assistant.

  6. Transcripts (for both grants): The Fulbright Program requires a complete academic record of your higher education. You must provide transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions from which you received degrees. Transcripts must also be submitted from other institutions where you studied and received credit for coursework.

    Failure to submit any required transcripts will result in your being declared ineligible.

    For select countries, you must also submit a Critical Language Enhancement Award Statement. The Critical Language Enhancement Award is available to: China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, and Russia. If you are applying for a Critical Language Enhancement Award, you must complete the Critical Language Enhancement Award Supplementary Statement, which details your language preparation, the host country language program desired, and a brief explanation of how the additional language training will impact your Fulbright experience and future career plans.

  7. Affiliation Letter – for Academic Grants only: A majority of Fulbrighters undertaking study/research grants will affiliate with universities, although in some countries it is possible to affiliate with other types of organizations such as research institutes or government ministries. The Affiliation Letter should come from the institution/individual in the host country with whom you are proposing to work. Affiliation requirements vary by country, so before starting the application you should note the specific requirements for the proposed host country. The Affiliation Letter should be printed on official letterhead and should be signed by the author. Copies of e-mail correspondence will not be accepted.

    For potential authors of Affiliation Letters,
     go to  (CIES = Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.) They have a “Fulbright Scholar List.” You may want to contact a former or current Fulbright scholar who is working in your field or who studied in the country you would like to visit.

  8. For both grants: Campus Interview with MMC’s Campus Evaluation Committee.



Read up on some of the amazing things our previous Fulbright Scholars have accomplished.

  • September 12, 2017

    Maria Andrews ’17, International Studies and Dance alumna, has received the prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant to work as an ETA in Malaysia from January to November 2018.  

  • April 18, 2013
    In August, senior Annabelle Royer is headed to Taiwan, her next stop after graduation thanks to a prestigious and highly sought-after Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Annabelle, a double-major in English and World Literatures and Secondary Education, earned her award and the English Teaching Assistantship that comes with it through her studies at Marymount Manhattan College and a rigorous selection process.

  • Ricardo Soares '12 April 24, 2012
    New York, N.Y.—Ricardo Soares ’12, an international studies major at Marymount Manhattan College, was selected as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Fulbright ETA Program, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places recent U.S. college graduates as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas. Soares is among seven Fulbright fellows who will begin their 10-month assistantships in Macau, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China that was a Portuguese colony for nearly 500 years, this September.


The application process takes time. You cannot begin at the last minute. You must give your application a great deal of thought. The essays alone will require research and they will go through many drafts. You will seek advice from faculty advisers and from Prof. Bell. You must meet the Campus Deadlines stipulated on the Timeline or your application will not be favorably recommended.

Even if you do not receive a grant, the process is worth your time, as you will gain a great deal of valuable experience in the process of writing a grant application. If you are successful and win an award, the benefits to your future career are considerable. You will gain invaluable, extended exposure to a foreign country, culture, language, and community. You will develop your teaching skills and enrich your intellectual life. You will make contacts for an exciting career.