Teaching Assistants/Secondary School Teachers

Fulbright Scholarships – Grants for Secondary School Teachers and Language Teaching Assistants

Candidates should submit a Preliminary Application to the Commission for Educational Exchange between July 1 and November 1 to determine their eligibility for an award. Academic records, suitability of project, previous US experience, and knowledge of English are factors in determining eligibility.

Opportunities for Belgian Educators

I. FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING ASSISTANTS PROGRAM
This program funds Belgian candidates to be foreign language teaching assistants in French, German or Dutch in American colleges and universities for the academic year 2014-2015.

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.

Profile of successful candidates:

  • Belgian students in Languages, Literature, Secondary Education, and related fields OR Belgian teachers of French, Dutch or German at the upper secondary level without three years of professional experience
  • Plans to teach at the secondary level in Belgium upon return
  • Demonstrated interest in educational and cultural exchange
  • English proficiency, usually demonstrated through a minimum TOEFL score of 85
  • Ambassadorial qualities

Candidates can watch interviews with program alumni here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE76D0395D6A96089

DEADLINE DATE FOR FINAL APPLICATION: December 1

APPLICATION TIMELINE FOR FLTA TEACHING ASSISTANTS AWARD:

For those deadlines that fall on a weekend, please use the previous Friday at NOON (12pm) as the deadline to submit applications and all supporting materials online. No paper applications will be accepted.

September 15, 2014: Competition opens, applications begin online

Application links:

FOREIGN FULBRIGHT STUDENTS (no PhD):
https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international/20/

FOREIGN FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS (will have a PhD by time of departure for the US):
https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/scholars/30/

January 2015: 10 minute interview in English at the Commission for Educational Exchange in Brussels
Mid-January 2015:  Applicants notified by e-mail
March 2015: Notification by the headquarters in New York that your application is accepted
May 2015: Notification of your placement in an American college or university
Mid-June 2015: Pre-departure meeting at the U.S. Embassy and reception with the U.S. Ambassador
August 2015: Departures to the U.S.

 

II. SUMMER 2014 SEMINARS

Six-week summer programs of study and travel in the U.S.A. designed to acquaint secondary school teachers of English with some aspects of the history and culture of the United States. The program may vary from year to year, but generally comprises four weeks of intensive study on an American university campus, followed by a two-week period of organized travel to various regions of the United States. All expenses for this program are covered by the Commission, but spouses and/or families may not accompany participants.

Information on the 2013 programs can be found by reading the 2013 participant’s blog here, or by visiting http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/study-us-institutes-scholars

Please note that while programs begin in mid-June, past participants have all received permission from their schools to attend.

BASIC ELIGIBILITY: Open to teachers of English language and literature at the upper secondary level having Belgian citizenship, and three years’ teaching experience at time of application.

DEADLINE DATE FOR FINAL APPLICATION: December 1 at noon

APPLICATION TIMELINE FOR THE TD SUMMER SEMINAR IN AMERICAN STUDIES (TD) AWARD:

For those deadlines that fall on a weekend, please use the previous Friday at NOON (12pm) as the deadline to submit applications and all supporting materials online. No paper applications will be accepted.

July 1, 2013:  Competition opens, applications available
November 1, 2013: Deadline to submit preliminary application form consisting of biographical data (roughly 2 pages). All candidates who are eligible to apply will receive a link to the final online application in response.
December 1, 2013: Final application deadline at NOON to submit the FINAL application online, including an essay, 3 letters of recommendation, and copies of all post-secondary degree
December 11, 2013: 10 minute interview in English at the Commission for Educational Exchange in Brussels
Mid-December, 2013:  Applicants notified by e-mail
April 2014: Notified where seminar will be held
Mid-June 2014: 6 week seminar in the United States begins