Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) Deadline for submitting applications is June 30, 2017

Application cycle 2018 – 2019 is now open
The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam is seeking qualified candidates for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. Online applications are now available. The deadline for submitting applications is June 30, 2017. Only successful candidates will be called for interviews scheduled for mid-July, 2017.


  1. Program Description:  The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month, Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)-funded, non-degree program for early career English teachers or professionals in related fields.  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.  Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.  Fulbright FLTA participants must return to their home countries upon completion of the program. Fulbright FLTA participants may 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.  Coursework is offered on either an audit or credit basis. Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs, and language tables.
  1. Eligibility:  Applicants are typically teachers of English or in training to become teachers of English, and at minimum must possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree by June 1, 2017 to allow time to submit an official transcript prior to the start of the Fulbright FLTA Program.  Fluency in English is mandatory, demonstrated by a score of no less than 550 (paper based TOEFL); 213 (computer based TOEFL – CBT); 79-80 (internet based TOEFL – IBT) or 6.0 (overall score International English Language Testing System – IELTS). Applicants must demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity, and professionalism.  Material misrepresentation (e.g., plagiarism) at any time during the application or grant period is grounds for selection withdrawal or grant termination, as well as ineligibility for future participation.  Applicants must be residing in Tanzania throughout the nomination and selection process.  FLTA applicants should be young, 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 and also engaging with faculty and staff with maturity and professionalism.
    Fulbright FLTA participants are required to return to their home countries upon completion of the nine-month program.  ECA will not support any extension requests for participants.  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.  By extension of this policy, pregnant candidates may not participate in the program if the birth is due during the program period.  Preference is given to those candidates who have little or have no prior experience living in the United States.  Participants must be flexible with placements at smaller or more ethnically diverse U.S. academic institutions in order to meet one of the goals of the Fulbright FLTA Program to place participants in all 50 States and at diverse institutions.
  1. Plagiarism: Recently, plagiarism in applications has become a major issue and candidates should be aware that plagiarism in applications will not be tolerated.  If applicants will plagiarize by not properly citing sources in their applications (personal statements, essays, etc.), their applications will be disqualified.
  1. Application Procedures: Each candidate will be required to submit an online application via the online management system.  Candidates may access the online application at https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/flta/.
  1. Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Grant Provisions: All Fulbright FLTA participants receive a monthly stipend, accident and sickness coverage, and travel support.  Monthly stipends are meant for necessities only and are non-negotiable.  U.S. host institutions provide tuition waivers to support the required coursework.
Fulbright Program Coordinator
Office of Public Affairs
U.S Embassy Dar Es Salaam
686 Old Bagamoyo Rd. – Msasani
Box 9123, Dar Es Salaam.
Voice: 255 22 229 4186
Fax:    255 22 229 4722
Email: drs_exchanges@state.gov
Please note that only a small number of applicants will be contacted for an interview. Also, only nominated candidates will be required to sit for the TOEFL exam and submit a medical report.
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