English Teaching Assistant awards are granted through a competition open to students and alumni of U.S. higher education institutions to teach and co-teach practical and specialized English language classes at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units, as well as schools and educational institutions in Poland. Awards are offered for nine to ten months (September – June), with a possible one-year renewal. Applications are accepted from candidates from all fields.  The Fulbright Commission shall place grantees at institutions which declared their willingness to host candidates and were selected through an open competition. The grantee carries out a program agreed upon with the host institution.

Goal of the grant

  • The grantee will be teaching or co-teaching practical or specialized English language classes at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units, as well as schools and educational institutions in Poland (up to 20 hours per week and office hours of up to 4 hours per week), and providing educational advising. The final content of the courses as well as the exact grant start date will be agreed upon by the grantee and host institutions.
  • In addition to classroom responsibilities, the grantee may also give presentations on topics related to the United States, such as U.S. higher education system or U.S. culture, lead programs in language labs, conduct English conversation clubs, tutor, participate in sports, language or drama clubs, and volunteer at local organizations.
  • The grantee will have an opportunity to be involved in additional grant activities e.g. participate in seminars organized by other Fulbright Commissions in Europe (e.g. EU Seminar, Berlin Seminar).

Grant offer

The grantee receives an English Teaching Assistant status at one of universities or high schools in Poland, which allows him/her to teach or co-teach classes and use the facilities of the host institution.

The monthly stipend and additional allowances depend on the available funds and are approved each year by the Board of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. The grant is intended for grantee’s living expenses.

It may also cover:

  • Travel allowance for grantee’s round trip to Poland,
  • One-off relocation and settling-in allowance,
  • One-off conference allowance.

The grantee will be provided with a limited health care benefit plan by the U.S. Department of State, the  Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).

During the whole grant period the grantee will have the ongoing support of the Fulbright Commission, host institution, and IIE – the institution administering the Fulbright program in the U.S.

 

Behind the success of the Fulbright Program are its alumni – almost 400 hundred thousand scientists, artists, journalists, and politicians from 160 countries. The grant allows you to join this prestigious group of Fulbright alumni and leverage the connections in the International Exchange Alumni network.

General rules and formal criteria

Individuals eligible to apply:

  • Are U.S. citizens (green card holders are not eligible to apply).
  • Have not resided outside the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived outside of the United States for nine months (or more) during a calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year. Additionally, preference is given to those candidates who have not had substantial recent experience outside the United States, especially in Poland, which is defined as a period aggregating more than academic year (nine months) during the past five years. Duty abroad in the U.S. Armed Force does not apply in this section.
  • Hold a degree which is, at a minimum, equivalent to the Polish licencjat/inzynier degree, e.g. bachelor’s degree, before the start of the grant.
  • Do not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.
  • Submit the application along with the required application documents on time as per IIE’s requirements.

How to apply?

In order to take part in the competition the candidate must timely submit a complete grant application to IIE in line with the currently applicable requirements of the Fulbright ETA Program available at the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website administered by IIE (http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/application-components/eta). All information on the required application documents and application submission procedures is provided by IIE. More information on the competition procedures can be found in the Regulations of the Fulbright Award Programs.

Program Officer

Timeline

  • April 3, 2017 - Competition Opens
  • February 2018 - Interviews with selected candidates via Skype
  • March/April 2018 – Information about the candidates nominated by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission to the ETA program.
  • September 2018 – Orientation Meeting in Poland (Warsaw)