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The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) invites applications from early career English teachers teaching at college level or training to become a teacher of English, or a young professional in related fields (e.g., American Studies, American/English Literature, etc.) for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. Selected FLTAs from India will teach Bengali, Hindi, or Urdu at select U.S. campuses during their nine-month non-degree grant beginning August/September 2020.

About FLTA Program


The Fulbright FLTA Program, an integral part of the Fulbright Student Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is a nine-month, non-degree program for early career English teachers teaching at college level or professionals in related fields. Fulbright FLTA participants have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while being teaching assistants for their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities. The participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects. India is one of the countries participating in the 2020 competition.



The FLTA program promotes cross-cultural understanding in the U.S. and in the home countries of the FLTA fellows. U.S. universities benefit from the presence of a native speaker on their campuses. FLTA fellows provide teaching assistance, by serving in various capacities, which may include teaching up to two classes per semester, and typically facilitate cultural events, language clubs and language tables. FLTA fellows are required to enroll in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in U.S. Studies. Fellows and U.S. students have a unique opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and customs, and to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. FLTA fellows must return to their home countries upon completion of the program. As a result of the program, FLTA alumni return with a high proficiency in English and are able to speak with authenticity and authority about the United States, its values and its people.

Grant Benefits


All FLTA fellows receive a monthly stipend, health insurance and travel support. U.S. host institutions provide tuition awards to support the required coursework. The FLTA program does not provide J-2 visas for spouses or dependents.

Eligibility Criteria


In addition to the General Prerequisites, the applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:


  • Be citizens of India. Persons applying for or holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible. Fulbright fellows enter the U.S. on an exchange visitor (J-1) visa. Applicants must be residing in India throughout the application, nomination and selection process.
  • Must clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory. A score of no less than 79-80 on the internet based TOEFL is required. TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application. Candidates recommended by the selection committee will have to appear for the TOEFL in November 2019. USIEF will provide fee vouchers towards the TOEFL exam.
  • Indian applicants must have at least a master’s degree by June 2020 with a good academic record. The master’s degree should be in fields such as English language, English/American Literature, American Studies, Linguistics, Comparative Literature and related areas.
  • A young teacher of English at the college level or training to become a teacher of English, or is a young professional in a related field.
  • Prior teaching experience is preferred. 

How to Apply


You are required to submit an online application along with supporting documents. Candidates can access the online application at https://apply.iie.org/FLTA2020 . 



Employed applicants need to submit their applications through proper channel by the application deadline.

Program Timeline

August 16, 2019Application Deadline
End September 2019Paper screening of the applications
Mid October 2019Interviews of short-listed candidates and proficiency test in the language of nomination
November 2019Nominess take iBT TOEFL
March/April 2020
Notification of finalists
June 2020Orientation program in India for the finalists
August/ September 2020U.S. Program begins

Applications of recommended candidates will be forwarded to the U.S. for further review. The final selection is dependent on the ability to match requests of U.S. host institution with language skills of the candidates.

Contact

For any further queries, you can write to Dr. Gayatri Singhal at [email protected].
For instructions on completing the online application, please click here .
Application Due Date: August 16, 2019, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)