The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program funds Belgian candidates to be foreign language teaching assistants in French, German or Dutch in American colleges and universities. Successful candidates receive an international travel stipend and sickness and accident insurance and are placed in U.S. universities, where they receive housing, meals, a monthly stipend and the possibility of following a few courses at the university level in addition to their teaching duties. Candidates should be willing to live on an American university campus and integrate themselves into the local campus community.
Successful candidates will be Belgian students in Languages, Literature, Secondary Education, and related fields OR Belgian teachers of French, Dutch or German at the upper secondary level without 3 years of professional experience. Good candidates will also have plans to teach at the secondary level in Belgium upon return, will have demonstrated interest in educational and cultural exchange, and finally will have a high English proficiency, usually demonstrated through a minimum TOEFL score of 85.
For more information about eligibility for the FLTA Program, please visit: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/about/fulbright-flta/flta-eligibility-program-design
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants must complete an online application. The application opens annually on 15 September and closes at noon on 1 December.
As part of the online application, candidates will be asked to provide the following:
- Biographical information
- Americanized CV
- Study/Research Objectives Essay
- Personal Statement
- Transcripts and diplomas from most recent degree
- Three letters of recommendation (uploaded directly into the online application)
Please note that we do NOT require supplemental forms, the letter of the home institution, or the signature form. Unlike other applicants, FLTA applicants must submit a TOEFL score. Applicants who take the TOEFL can send the official score report to us by using the following code: B361. In addition, the application is to be completed entirely online; NO papers should be mailed to our office.
Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award.
Candidates with strong completed applications submitted by the deadline will be invited to the Commission in January for a mandatory interview in English. Interviews are in person, and cannot be rescheduled. The interview will include a discussion of your motivations for going to the U.S., your plans when you arrive, and how you will improve U.S.-Belgian relations as an alumni when you return. Successful candidates will demonstrate ambassadorial qualities, English proficiency, and the ability to explain their academic proposal in simple terms. The interview committee is composed of Belgian and American professors, professionals, government officials, and Fulbright alumni from various fields.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the application process, please see below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- I am a Belgian/Luxembourgish citizen living abroad. Can I apply? As a Belgian/Luxembourgish citizen, you may apply for a Fulbright Award if you are living in any country except the United States. If you are resident in the United States, a dual U.S.-Belgium or U.S.-Luxembourg citizen, or hold a Green Card at the time of application, you are ineligible to apply.
- I do not have Belgian/Luxembourgish citizenship, but am currently living/studying/working there. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program? No. Eligibility for the Fulbright Program is based on nationality, not residence.
- I am a Belgian/Luxembourger currently pursuing my studies in the United States. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program? Candidates already in the United States at the time of application and those who have resided in the U.S. for five or more years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible to apply. Moreover, please note that preference will be given to who have not had substantial recent experience in the U.S. with “substantial recent experience” being study, research or employment for a period of aggregating more than an academic year (9 months) during the past five years.
- As a participant in the Fulbright FLTA Program, will I be subject to the two-year home requirement after my grant? Yes. All Fulbright grantees must travel to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, which requires them to return to Belgium or their country of permanent legal residency for at least two years at some point after their grant before they are allowed to return to the U.S. to live or work permanently on an H, L, K or LPR visa. More information about the two-year rule can be found here, and a list of documents that fulfill the proof of legal residency requirement for each EU country can be found here. If you are able to provide proof of legal residency for a country other than Belgium, you will need to include a scan of this document in the final online application.
- The Embark online application has asked me to do something different to the application instructions on the website. What should I do? Embark is used by Fulbright Programs around the world, and application procedures differ greatly from country to country. You must follow the guidelines presented by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels.
- Does the Fulbright Commission in Brussels require supplemental forms? We do NOT require supplemental forms, the letter of the home institution, the signature form, or official test results. However, unlike other applicants, FLTA applicants must submit a TOEFL score.
- Can I mail physical documents to the Fulbright Commission? No. The application is completed entirely online.
APPLICATION TIMELINE & NOTIFICATION
- When will I hear from the Fulbright Commission if I have been selected for an interview? Applicants to the Fulbright FLTA Program will be contacted via email in mid-January. For the 2018-2019 academic year, interviews will take place on 1 February.
- When will I hear from the Fulbright Commission if I have been selected for the FLTA Program? Applicants to the Fulbright FLTA Program will be contacted via email in late February or early March. Successful applicants must then be approved by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board and should receive confirmation of their grant in mid-March.
- When will I receive my host university placement? University placements are determined by our colleagues at IIE, and successful candidates will receive notification of their placement in May. While they may be able to take applicant preferences into account, FLTA applicants should be aware that they may be placed at a university in a rural area or in a geographic region in which they did not express interest.
HEAR FROM THE GRANTEES
Joke De Lille, Fulbright FLTA to University of Minnesota (2016-2017): “Another way I have been involved in university life is by taking ballroom dance classes. With zero previous experience, I was a bit hesitant at first, but since this Fulbright year is all about doing new things I decided to just go for it. Now you can see me dancing tango, foxtrot and so much more for about 5 hours a week during both lessons and social dancing.” Read more about Joke’s time in Minnesota.
Charlotte Vanhecke, Fulbright FLTA to University of Minnesota (2015-2016): “Aside from this unique teaching experience, as a Fulbright FLTA I was given the opportunity to take courses at my host university. A teaching methodology class helped me learn the ropes of teaching in this new environment, and collaborating with my peers, the other new TAs in the department, taught me things about teaching that will surely impact on my classroom practice for years to come.” Read more about Charlotte’s time in Minnesota.
Emilie Van Leemput, Fulbright FLTA to University of Minnesota (2013-2014): “After a few weeks of class observations and lessons in American Studies, German and pedagogy, I was asked to take over the Dutch class and to help with the creation of pedagogic material. This is how I realized how much I love teaching and how rewarding it is to see your students’ skills improve.” Read more about Emilie’s time in Minnesota.
Fulbright ETAs share their experiences in a variety of blog posts and videos available on our website and YouTube Channel.