Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (HI)

What is Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program?

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program is sponsored and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright ETA Program aims:

  • To strengthen English language instruction, while providing cultural insights;
  • To provide opportunities for personal and career development and international experience; and
  • To enhance cross-cultural communication opportunities by providing a native speaker presence in local classrooms.

Fulbright ETAs are young and motivated recent university graduates who are willing to serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States and help with English language instruction. Their responsibilities include:

  • Co-planning and co-teaching up to 20 hours of speaking and listening classroom activities per week to intermediate or above English level students;
  • Dedicating up to 10 hours of class preparation with the co-teacher per week;
  • Conducting up to 8 hours of extra-curricular English activities, such as a conversation club;
  • Serving as a U.S. cultural resource for the host institution and for the community; and
  • Giving presentations on topics related to the U.S.

Fulbright ETAs are not experienced teachers and should not be asked to design curricula, evaluate and grade coursework, or take over teaching a full course without the participation of a Mongolian teacher. ETAs are exchange participants on a stipend, not employees of the host institution. Therefore, while they are serving as co-teachers in the classroom, they are also eager to learn from host institutions about teaching methodology and other aspects of professional teaching.

The Fulbright ETA is a joint program of the U.S. Embassy and the host institute (HI). The program cost-shares the expenses related to the ETA’s round-trip transportation to Mongolia, health insurance, monthly stipend, and pre-departure and in-country orientation. HIs are to cost-share the ETA’s lodging, Mongolian visa and permit related costs, and other program related costs in funds or in-kind contributions. In addition to managing the cost-share expenses related above, an HI’s responsibilities include:

  • Designating the ETA’s mentor and co-teacher/s to participate in a month-long cultural and methodology orientation for ETAs in August 2018. This includes:
    • Attending the orientation meeting;
    • Giving a presentation about the school;
    • Taking the ETA to the institution to introduce to him/her to the school, faculty ,and housing;
    • Sending 3-4 faculty members to attend a 7-day English teaching methodology training.
  • Providing the ETA a clear and finalized teaching schedule no later than September 14, 2018;
  • Assigning a full-time co-teacher to teach with and assist the ETA in classroom and in other matters relating to ETA’s teaching duties;
  • Assigning a staff or faculty member to supervise/mentor the ETA and assist the ETA in living environment;
  • Assigning an international/foreign relations officer to assist in visa and residency related requirements:
    • June-July: Acquiring a teaching/work permit (Ministry Education and Labor Office) and visa permit (Immigration Officer)
    • July-August: Registering the ETA at the Immigration Office and acquire a residency permit
    • November-December: Extending the residency permit
    • June-July: Assisting the ETA with terminating the residency permit
      Note: As ETAs are teaching assistants, they’re required to enter Mongolia on an HG visa.
  • Providing a minimum of two hours of Mongolian language classes per week to the ETA throughout the program year;
  • Providing an ETA with a housing and work place; and
  • Upon conclusion of each semester, drafting a feedback report to the Embassy with a brief description of the classes and activities in which he/she participated, and an evaluation of the ETA’s performance with suggested areas for improvement.

Since 1949, the Fulbright ETA Program has been a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright ETA Program is currently offered in 53 countries. Mongolia ETA program started in 2011. Annually Fulbright ETA program brings four to six Americans as teaching assistants to Mongolian universities and colleges. Fulbright ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching assistant responsibilities.

The program covers:

  • ETAs round-trip transportation to Mongolia;
  • ETAs health insurance;
  • ETAs monthly stipend;
  • Pre-departure and in-country orientations;

HI will cost-share:

  • Costs related to obtaining Mongolian HG Visa and work and residency related permits;
  • A reasonable housing with private bathroom, running hot and cold water, electricity, washing machine, furnishing, and internet access either at the host institution dormitory or in a convenient distance (5-15 minutes of walking). If unable to provide a reasonable housing, host institution will issue monthly allowance of no less than 600,000 MNT to assist the ETA to procure housing on his/her own;
  • A work station with a desk, chair, computer, scanner, printer and internet access in the faculty room; and
  • An access to other school resources available to faculty, such as library and online systems, etc.

HI must meet all eligibility requirements:

  1. Be an accredited Mongolian university or vocational school;
  2. Have at least 5-6 intermediate or above level English classes (at least 100-120 students);
  3. Have an adequate number of English Language teachers. Note again, ETA is not an experienced teachers and should not be asked to take over teaching a full course without the participation of a Mongolian teacher;
  4. Demonstrate a need for an ETA as well as the willingness to work cooperatively with and house an ETA;

Interested institutes also needs to:

  • Understand the goals and missions of Fulbright ETA program and have strong commitment to follow through on the program requirements;
  • Maintain effective communication with the ETAs and U.S. Embassy before and during the ETA’s working time in Mongolia;
  • Be supportive to the ETA during his/her adaptation to a new working and living environment; and
  • Preference is given to those institutions in under-served areas with limited or no prior access to native English speakers.

In order to apply to host a Fulbright ETA, interested institutes need to fill out Fulbright ETA application form and submit to exchange@usembassy.mn. The application form becomes available for download when the program is announced. The announcement and the applications will be available on Embassy’s website.

Things to remember when filling out an application:

  • Application must be completed in English in electronic format;
  • Applicants must answer all questions in the application form. Incomplete applications will be deemed technically ineligible. No questions can be left blank. Put N/A if not applicable;
  • Application must be typed. Hand-written applications will be disqualified;
  • Please note any word or character limit for writing portions of the application and give your answers within the limit.

Following are the main steps for selection for the Fulbright ETA program:

Application Review: After initial technical screening, all complete applications are reviewed by an application review committee. During this process, each application is reviewed by a minimum of three people.

Short List: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, a shortlist for visit is created.

Visit: Program representatives visit all short listed institutions and select finalists.

Note: It is the policy of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board that reasons for non-recommendation of candidates not be given.

Prospective host institutions participate in a competitive selection and matching process.

January-February: Application period

February-March: Technical screening and selection

March-April: Initial visits and final selection notifications

August: ETA Program Orientation

September-July (of next year): Program duration