Established in 1946, Fulbright is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government. The purpose of the Fulbright Program is “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal in mind, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas, experience cultures, and observe each other’s political and economic institutions. Singapore’s first Fulbrighters travelled to the United States in 1956. Since then, over 500 Singaporean Fulbrighters have studied, researched, and experienced life in the United States.
About the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program
The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. This program is a nine-month, non-degree program for early career teachers or professionals to teach Mandarin in an American college or university. While serving as Mandarin language teaching assistants to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities, participants have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States. Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects. Participants must be open to placements that represent the diverse range of U.S. academic institutions.
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. Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate in-person or virtual cultural events, language clubs, and language tables.
Fulbright FLTA participants will also be required to attend two activities sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Fulbright FLTA implementing partner. The first is a U.S.-based orientation held upon arrival in the United states prior to travel to host institutions in August 2023 The second is a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States (December 2023) which will provide additional training on teaching techniques and pedagogy, as well as opportunities for FLTA participants to share information about their current teaching experiences with each other.
Prospective FLTAs should be prepared to be flexible in terms of program activities due to possible COVID-19-related adjustments to the 2023-24 academic year. Program adjustments may include the requirement to teach virtually, assist with teaching responsibilities online, or attend virtual sponsored activities such as orientations or the mid-year conference.
Please note that final selection for the Fulbright FLTA Program is dependent upon approval by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and the ability to match the requests of U.S. host institutions with the language skills of the applicant pool.
- Monthly stipend
- Accident and sickness health benefit coverage
- Travel and visa support
- Tuition waivers by the host institution to support participants’ required coursework under the FLTA program
- Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
- Proficient in Mandarin. Shortlisted candidates will be required to pass a Mandarin language test
- Preference given to early career teachers, particularly those who already teach/are in training to teach Mandarin
- Preference given to applicants who have little or no prior experience living in the United States
- Applicants selected for a Fulbright award are required to submit a Medical History & Examination Report before their grants can be finalized
- August 15, 2022 – Competition opens
- October 17, 2022 – Deadline for submission of completed application forms
- Mid-November 2022 – Shortlisted candidates are interviewed and undergo a mandarin language test
- End-November 2022 – Notification of candidacy by Embassy
- March-May 2023 – Successfully placed candidates will be notified
- August 2023 – Departure for the United States*
*Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.
Fill in the online application at: https://apply.iie.org/flta2023. A complete application package includes the online application, original academic transcripts and degree scroll (if already graduated), and three letters of reference. Depending on the eventual host institution’s requirements, candidates may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS at a later date. Please note that a valid passport with an expiration date of no earlier than December 31, 2024 will be required.
For more information contact:
Academic & Professional Exchanges Specialist
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road