Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program 

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program: Teach IsiZulu in the United States

Applications are closed (for participation in August 2019-2020)

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA, is a nine-month, State Department-funded, non-degree program for early career English teachers or professionals in related fields (e.g. American Studies, American/English Literature, etc.). 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.

Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversations groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects. Fulbright FLTA participants must return to their home countries upon completion of the program.

Fulbright FLTA participants may assist 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. Course work is offered on either an audit or credit basis. Participants will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs and language tables.

Eligibility Requirements

(Only candidates who meet and/or agree to meet all of the following requirements should apply)

  • Applicants must be South African English Language Teachers, or in the last year of training to become English teachers.
  • Applicants must be South African citizens, or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid South African passport.
  • Applicants must be fluent in IsiZulu
  • Applicants must be fluent in English, demonstrated by a computer-based TOEFL score of 80+ (Note: It is not necessary to take this test before applying. Final nominees will be assisted with taking the TOEFL test by the Fulbright Office).
  • Have a minimum of a U.S. Bachelors degree (four year undergraduate degree), or a S.A. Bachelors degree plus Honors degree by the start of the program (August 2017).
  • In addition to serving as a teaching assistant of the isiZulu language, participants must be willing to interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.
  • Attend a U.S.-based orientation sponsored by the Department of State before arriving at their host institution in August 2018.
  • Attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States, hosted by the Department of State and coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE), to share and discuss foreign language teaching best practices and their current teaching experiences with other Fulbright FLTA participants.
  • Candidates must demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Candidates should be creative and self-reliant, team players who are able to maintain excellent relationships with faculty, staff and students.
  • 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.
  • FLTA applicants should be early career educators capable of succeeding in the dual role of teaching assistant and student.
  • 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 experience living in the United States

How to Apply for the FLTA Program

All  applications are submitted entirely onlinehttps://iie.embark.com/apply/flta

A complete application should include:
  • The online application information
  • Original university academic transcripts and certificates of graduation (Must be uploaded to the Online Application “Documents/Essays” section) with certified English translations if necessary.
  • Three letters of reference (you have to register your referees online to receive their references. Hand loaded references will not be accepted.
  • TOEFL and IELTS score report (not necessary for S.A. applicants to do these tests before final nominations)
  • We will not accept any documents or letters of reference via email or post.
  • Note: A valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months after your program is required.

Contact EducationUSAdbn@state.gov with any questions that are not covered in this document

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will my English language fluency be tested if English is not my first language
    Applicants who make it through to the final selection will be given the opportunity to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language by the Fulbright Office.   Candidates will write the online TOEFL test and will have to receive a score of 80+.
  • How will I know if my application was successful?
    Due to the high level of applications, only short-listed applicants will be notified of their final status within one month after their interview. All other applicants may assume that their application was not successful if they have not been contacted by their Fulbright Office within a month after the closing date of the FLTA Program.
  • What does the FLTA Program cover?
    All Fulbright FLTA participants receive a monthly stipend (meant for necessities only and are non-negotiable), accident and sickness coverage, and travel support.  U.S. host institutions provide tuition waivers to support the required coursework.
  • As a participant, can I submit an extension request to stay in the United States and study for a longer period of time?
    ECA will not support any extension requests for participants.
  • What are the regulations for accompanying dependents and/or visits from family?
    Candidates may not have any dependents accompany them for any time during the program.   The Fulbright FLTA program does not support dependents or family members. Family and friends may visit program participants during holiday periods
  • What kind of school will I attend in the U.S.?
    FLTA participants will be spread amongst both large and small universities in all 50 states.  Some           placements may be smaller or more ethnically diverse, while others may exist on a larger scale.