The 2022-2023 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

June 21, 2021
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Mongolia

Call for Applications: PAS-Ulaanbaatar-016/FY2021 

The 2022-2023 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

 

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Mongolia is now accepting applications for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) for the academic year of 2022-2023.  The application deadline is Monday, August 16, 2021.  

Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright FLTA Program has been an integral part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program since 1968.  Fulbright FLTA is a full scholarship program for early career (not more than seven years of teaching experience) English-language teachers to work as Mongolian-language teaching assistants at a U.S. university for one academic year.  Candidates who are teachers in the fields of American Studies, Journalism and Media, American/English Literature, and teachers of their own language as a foreign language will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.   

FLTA aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities while providing foreign teachers opportunities to increase their English language proficiency, refine their teaching skills, and extend their knowledge of the culture and customs of the United States.  

Participants have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency, expand their knowledge of U.S. society and culture, and strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.  Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.

Fulbright FLTA participants will assist in 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.  Coursework is offered on either an audit or credit basis.  Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate in-person or virtual cultural events, language clubs, and language tables.  

Fulbright FLTA participants will be required to attend two activities, which are sponsored by ECA and coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the program implementing partner.  Upon arrival in the United States, attendance at a U.S.-based orientation during summer 2022, prior to arrival at host institutions in August, is required of all Fulbright FLTAs.  Additionally, Fulbright FLTA participants will be required to attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States (December 2022) to receive additional training on teaching techniques and pedagogy and share information about their current teaching experiences with other Fulbright FLTA participants.   

Prospective FLTAs should be aware that they will need to be flexible in terms of program activities due to possible COVID-19-related adjustments to the 2022-2023 academic year.  Program adjustments may include the requirement to teach remotely, assist with teaching responsibilities online, or attend virtual sponsored activities such as orientations or the mid-year conference. 

The Fulbright FLTA program does not support dependents or family members.  Candidates may not have any dependents accompany them for any time during the program.  Family and friends may visit program participants during holiday periods only.  Pregnant candidates may not participate in the program if the birth will occur during the program period. 

To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Be a Mongolian citizen, currently living in Mongolia; 
  • Be a university (including vocational training colleges) or high school teacher of English; 
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in teaching, TESOL, Mongolian language, or English language by June 1, 2022; 
  • Be fluent in English, with minimum score of TOEFL IBT 79-80, TOEFL ITP 550, or IELTS 6.0;  
  • Be no younger than 22 and no older than 32 at the time of application. 

Interested candidates must apply online at: https://apply.iie.org/FLTA2022. 

A complete application package includes: 

  • A completed online application; 
  • A scanned copy of original academic transcript/s; 
  • A scanned copy of diploma/s; 
  • Three letters of recommendation; 
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report; and
  • A CV or resume (maximum 2 pages).

Things to note when completing the application form:  

  • All application parts must be completed in English.  In case the originals of the requested documents are in Mongolian, please upload an English translation issued by a certified translation service along with the original document.
  • Answer all questions of the application.  Put N/A for questions that do not apply. 
  • Do not submit any additional documents not specified above. 
  • Incomplete application packages will be considered as technically ineligible.  

Plagiarism in any form will result in the disqualification of the candidate (including unintentionally or accidentally presenting limited amounts of material as his or her own) as plagiarism in any form is not condoned by the Fulbright Program.  Submitted applications will undergo a thorough plagiarism review, including screening by plagiarism detection software. 

Selection will be based on candidates’ leadership skills, ability to motivate students to learn, and interest in teaching their native language and culture to U.S. students.  Candidates should have a desire to meet people and become a part of their host community by participating in community events and campus activities.  Candidates should also be creative and self-reliant team players, who are able to maintain excellent relationships with faculty, staff, and students. 

FLTA applicants should be energetic, early career educators capable of succeeding in the dual role of teaching assistant and student.  They must be open to living with their U.S. student peers in undergraduate or graduate-level campus housing.  They must also be open to engaging with faculty and staff with maturity and professionalism. 

Applicants must demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity, and professionalism.  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. 

Participants will have no input regarding their placement at U.S. institutions, and should know that one of the Fulbright FLTA program’s objective is to place participants at institutions in all 50 U.S. states, which is representative of the diversity of American education. 

Applicants must reside in their home countries throughout the nomination and selection process and must intend to return to their home countries immediately following the nine-month FLTA program.  Participants must fulfill the two-year home residency requirement required by exchange participants’ J-1 visas, in which they pledge to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing mutual understanding by returning to their home countries and sharing the skills and knowledge that they have gained as program participants.

Individuals with U.S permanent resident status are ineligible to apply.  Preference is given to those candidates who have little or no prior experience living in the United States.  Extensive U.S. experience includes:   

  • Individuals with recent U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years)   
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the last seven years.

All U.S. Government scholarship programs adhere to equal opportunity principles.  Any individual who fulfills the program criteria is welcome to apply regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, age, and political or religious belief.   

The application deadline is Monday, August 16, 2021.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in early September 2021.

Any inquiries about the program will not be answered via phone.  Please direct all inquiries to exchange@usembassy.mn.