What is Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program?
Fulbright FLTA Program is a one-academic year non-degree teaching assistantship program for English Language Teachers to assist with teaching of Mongolian language and culture at U.S. universities. It is aimed at strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S colleges and universities while providing the participants with the opportunity to refine their methodology skills, increase their English language proficiency, and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States. The grant is for one academic year and is non-renewable.
A FLTA candidate must be enthusiastic about teaching. He/she must have a sincere interest in teaching their native language and culture to American students. Through his/her application he/she should demonstrate knowledge of his/her culture and current events in Mongolia. The candidate should have leadership skill, and abilities to motivate students and to relate to them in an emphatic manner. He/she should have a desire to meet people and become a part of the community by participating in local events and campus activities. The candidate must be creative and self-reliant but a good team player who maintains excellent relationships with faculty, staff and students.
Many host institutions (HIs) request an FLTA who have an interest and ability to live in a small town or is adaptable to living in a rural area. HIs request an FLTA to have excellent organizational and computer skills, and prefer candidates with interests in sports, outdoor activities, music, dance, theater, literature, poetry and/or cooking. Most of all, they look for a candidate who demonstrates flexibility and a willingness to learn.
Please note that the FLTA scholarship does not provide any funding for dependents. All costs listed below are only for the grantee. The FLTA scholarship covers the following costs:
- All Transportation Costs: International airfare and domestic travel (including in-country visa-related travels if the candidate resides outside Ulaanbaatar);
- Living and Meals Accommodations: Participants are provided with a monthly stipend to cover their lodging and meals and other living costs;
- Tuition: The grantee has the option to take Master’s classes at the host university, and all costs are covered by the FLTA program;
- Orientation: All orientation costs including lodging, meals, health insurance and training costs are covered by FLTA;
- Health Insurance: Participants are provided with accident and sickness benefit for the duration of their program;
- Visa Costs: Visa payment is waived for all U.S. Government sponsored scholarship participants;
- Travel Allowance: Participants are provided with small allowance for luggage and other travel-related expenses; and
- Arrival Allowance: In addition to their first month stipend, the grantees also receive a one-time arrival allowance for settlement costs such as purchasing a laptop and books, etc.
To qualify for the FLTA program, applicants must meet following requirements:
- Be a Mongolian citizen, currently living in Mongolia;
- Be university (will include vocational training colleges) or high school teacher of English;
- Hold a bachelor degree in teaching, TESOL, Mongolian language or English Language. MA is highly desirable;
- Be fluent in English, with a minimum TOEFL IBT 80, TOEFL ITP/PBT 550 or a comparable IELTS score;
- Have at least two years of full-time teaching experience;
- Preference will be given to candidates with limited prior experience in the U.S. Note that Mongolians holding U.S. green card are not eligible to apply.
How to Apply
In order to apply for the Fulbright FLTA Program, the applicant will follow the steps below:
- Application form: The application form becomes available for download when the program is announced. The announcement and the applications will be available on our website;
- References: Attach two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional abilities. The letters must be in English, if however the reference is in Mongolian please provide an official translation to English along with the original letter in Mongolian;
- Essay: Please attach a concise (no more than two pages long) essay, in English, which explains why you wish to participate in the Fulbright FLTA Program, and what you would like to do after completing the program;
- Education: Please attach a certified copy of your university diploma along with certified English translation (Note that submitted application packages will not be returned. Do not submit any original document.).
- Submit the completed application package to the U.S. Embassy within the set deadline.
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;
- Essays must be your own work reflecting your original thought. Other people’s works/ideas used anywhere in the application must be properly noted;
- Please note any word or character limit for essay portions of the application and give your answers within the limit.
All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take in to account special circumstances of candidates such as disability, disadvantaged background, or any other notable characteristics, final decision is made based on the candidate’s overall strength as represented by the application quality and interview. We also consider one’s ability to be a cultural ambassador and his/her ability and motivation to give back to the community. Following are the main steps for selection for the FLTA program:
Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of the applications. During the technical screening, we check:
- If applications and any required supplemental documents are complete; and
- If applicants meet all the eligibility requirements.
Application Review: After the technical screening, all complete applications are then reviewed by an application review committee. During this process, each application gets reviewed by a minimum of three individuals.
Shortlist: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, an interview shortlist is created. Candidates who are included in the shortlist are then invited for an in-person interview.
Interview: An interview panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. Embassy and program alumni interviews all shortlisted candidates and selects finalists to be nominated to final review and approval.
Final Selection: Finalists approved by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board (FFSB) are then officially declared as Fulbright nominees. FFSB is a group of individuals appointed by the President of U.S. and they hold the authority to approve or disapprove all Fulbright nominations from around the world.
April-May: Program is announced and applications are received;
May-June: Technical screening and application review;
June-July: Fulbright selection panel interview;
July-September: Finalists prepare application for final selection;
March-April: Final result is announced;
June: Embassy Pre-departure Orientation;
July-August: Departure to the U.S.