Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

What is Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program?

Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright FLTA Program aims provide 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 while strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.

The program has been an integral part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program since 1968 and it 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.

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.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the Fulbright FLTA Program website to learn more about the program: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/about/flta-program

Fulbright FLTA participants assist in up to twenty hours of language classes a week, sharing their culture and language with American students by supporting an existing language program or helping to establish a new one on a U.S. university or college campus. FLTAs duties vary widely from institution to institution – some FLTAs are expected to teach language courses on their own with minimal in-class supervision, while others may be much more involved in extracurricular support of established language programs such as leading conversation groups, participating in community events or lectures, working in language laboratories, or contributing to language materials development.

In addition to duties as a teaching assistant, all FLTAs are required to participate in coursework. This provides an opportunity to increase their understanding of topics related to their personal and professional goals as well as allowing opportunity to benefit from the cultural exchange inherent in sharing ideas with American students within a classroom setting. Coursework is offered on either an audit or credit basis.

Fulbright FLTA participants are also expected to facilitate in-person or virtual cultural events, language clubs, and language tables at their host institutes, as well as interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.

FLTAs are 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 prior to arrival at host institutions is required of all Fulbright FLTAs. Additionally, Fulbright FLTA participants will be required to attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States 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 2023-2024 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.

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

As a Fulbright FLTA, the grantee will engage in a meaningful cultural exchange opportunity on a U.S. university or college campus while at the same time deepening their pedagogical skills, increasing English proficiency, and promoting mutual understanding through engaging with American students and getting involved in local communities.

At the conclusion of their program, FLTAs will return to their home community, making an immediate impact by utilizing the skills gained and sharing the experiences gleaned from their time in the U.S.

Fulbright FLTA Program supports one Mongolian English-language teacher per academic year to work as Mongolian-language teaching assistant at a U.S. university for one academic year.

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, 2024
  • Be fluent in English, with minimum score of TOEFL IBT 79-80, TOEFL ITP 550, or IELTS 6.0

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.

Priority will be given to applicants who have participated in U.S. Embassy-sponsored professional development opportunities, such as English Teaching Mentors, current or past English Teaching Assistant co-teachers, and current or past Access English teachers and alumni. Applicants are encouraged to note their involvement in these programs for priority consideration.

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.

Fulbright policies have identified that the following persons are ineligible for grants during, and for a period ending one year following, the termination of such employment, association, or service:

  • Employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development. This provision includes all employees, paid or unpaid (including part-time or temporary employees, consultants, externs, fellows, and contract employees). This provision does not apply to interns
  • Officers of an organization, in the United States or abroad, including members of boards of trustees or similar governing bodies, and individuals otherwise associated with the organization, wherein the organization and the individuals are responsible for nominating or selecting individuals for participation in any exchange program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Immediate families (spouses and dependent children) of individuals described in paragraphs a-b. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting children who live apart from their parents

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.

If you believe that you would be a good fit for the Fulbright FLTA Program, we encourage you to check back here in June 2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year program online application link.

A complete online application form must have following attachments:

  • Diploma/s
    *A scanned copy of notarized copies of all university diploma/s, including all language versions.
  • Transcript/s
    *A scanned copy of official transcript/s issued by the alma mater on an official letterhead with a stamp and/or signature. Diploma appendix will not be accepted as official transcript.
    **Official transcripts must be in English or submitted as an English translation by an authorized translation service along with the original transcript in Mongolian.
  • Recommendation Letters
    *Three letters of recommendations that attest your academic and professional abilities.
    **Recommendation letters must be in English or submitted as an English translation by an authorized translation service along with the original letter in Mongolian.
  • English Language Official Test Score Report
    *A scanned copy of TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • A CV or resume (maximum 2 pages)

Things to note when completing the online application form:

  • All application parts must be completed in English.
  • Answer all questions of the application.
  • Do not submit any additional documents not specified above.
  • 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 in Mongolian.
  • 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.

All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take into 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 general selection steps and timeline for the Fulbright FLTA Program:

The program is announced in June of every year and applications are received for two months.  When the applications period closes, Technical Screening and Initial Application Review take place in August – September.

During technical screening, we check to see two main things:

  • If the applicant meets all eligibility requirements
  • If the application and any required supplemental documents are complete

After the technical screening, all complete applications are then reviewed by an application review committee. During this process, each application is reviewed by a minimum of three reviewers. Based on the recommendations of this application review committee, an interview short list is created.

Candidates who are included in the short list are then invited for an Interview in late September or early October. An interview panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. embassy, program alumni, and other professionals interview all short-listed candidates and select the nominees from Mongolia to be submitted for the final selection in the U.S.

The final selection result is announced by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in March-April of the next year and the finalist will travel to the U.S in July-August to start their program.

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.

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