Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

Applications open 5 November and close 15 December 2021 

Program Participation Dates: August 2022-May 2023

Please read through the following as well as the Application Guidelines and Instructions provided at the end of this page before commencing your application! 

Program Description:
The Fulbright South Africa FLTA Program is a nine-month, ECA-funded, non-degree program for early career teachers (seven years or less of teaching experience) to teach isiZulu in an American university for 1 academic year.  Candidates must be home language speakers of isiZulu and proficient in English.

While in the U.S. 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 for their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.

Fulbright FLTA participants will assist in up to twenty hours of language classes a week and are required to enrol in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in U.S. Studies.

Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate in-person or virtual cultural events, language clubs, and language tables, interacting with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.

Fulbright FLTA participants must return to their home country to share the skills and knowledge gained from the program.

IMPORTANT: This program does not allow dependents to accompany the FLTA participant, nor does it provide funding for dependents.  The grant received is sufficient for only the participant.


Applicants must:

  • Be qualified secondary-level teachers with no more than 7 years teaching experience in English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), isiZulu, American Studies, Journalism and Media, Literature or a related field
  • Be citizens of South Africa
  • Be fluent in isiZulu
  • Have English-language proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Participate in community events and campus activities.
  • Be creative and self-reliant team players, who can maintain excellent relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Be prepared for COVID-19-related program adjustments which may include teaching remotely and assisting with teaching responsibilities online
  • Return to South Africa following completion of the 9-month exchange

Guidance for applications:
South Africa FLTA Application Guidelines (PDF 1MB) »

Link to the On-line Application:

Questions? Please contact our Fulbright Office: