Foreign Language Teaching Assistants/Secondary School Teachers

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

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.

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 3 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. Applicants who take the TOEFL can send the official score report to us by using the following code: B361.
  • Ambassadorial qualities
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to live among current university students

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

DEADLINE DATE FOR FINAL APPLICATION: December 1 (noon Brussels time)

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, 2017: Competition opens, applications begin online.

The Fulbright application process is now entirely online; applications and supplemental materials mailed or e-mailed to the Commission will not be considered. Please note that you will need to address why you are applying for a Fulbright grant in your application. The Fulbright program is about mutual understanding: please explain very clearly in the application how you would carry out this mission.

Please note: We do not require any supplemental forms. Official transcripts should be scanned and uploaded through the site, and recommenders should upload their reference letters using the automated system. No papers should be mailed to our office. TOEFL scores may be sent to us using the code B361.

January 2018 (Date TBC): 10 minute interview in English at the Commission for Educational Exchange in Brussels with a selection of applicants

During the  interview, the panel will continue to determine the candidates’ fulfillment of the following criteria:

  • Project/Study Objectives (well defined, necessary to carry out in U.S.)
  • Project/Study Feasibility (and relation to future plans)
  • Suitability (previous experience abroad, openness)
  • Social Engagement (community service, extracurricular activities)
  • Academic Excellence
  • English Skills
  • Does the project make sense in terms of the goals and priorities of Fulbright Belgium, and would the candidate become a productive and effective member of the alumni network?
  • Diversity in gender, ethnic/racial background, socioeconomic status, geographic/linguistic region of origin, proposed host institution, and other factors.

February/March 2018:  Applicants notified by e-mail.
February 2018: interviews in Luxembourg for applicants from Luxembourg
March 2018: Notification by the headquarters in New York that your application is accepted
May 2018: Notification of your placement in an American college or university
May/June 2018: Pre-departure meeting at the U.S. Embassy and reception with the U.S. Ambassador
August 2018: Departures to the U.S.

 

II. SUMMER 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.

Want to find out more about the experience? Reading this great blog post by one of 2013 participants 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 (noon Brussels time)

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.

December 1, 2017: Final application deadline at NOON to submit the application online, including an essay, 3 letters of recommendation, and copies of all post-secondary degree. Please wait until September 15, 2017 before submitting your application.
January 2018 (Date TBC): 10 minute interview in English at the Commission for Educational Exchange in Brussels
March/April 2018:  Applicants notified by e-mail
April 2018: Notified where seminar will be held
Mid-June 2018: 6 week seminar in the United States begins