Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA)

CURRENT STATUS: CLOSED

Next Deadline for Application Submission: June 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM Kabul time. Late applications will not be accepted.

Submit Your Application Package To:KabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov

Download the MS Word Application and Instructions: Application (Microsoft Word 161 KB)

Program Announcement:  Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program for young teachers of English to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the United States while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at U.S. universities.  All grantees receive tuition, stipend, supplemental health and accident benefits, book and supplies allowance, travel support and the opportunity to attend Fulbright enrichment activities.  The U.S. Government is committed to a clear and transparent selection process to identify Afghanistan’s most promising candidates. Please read the guidance below thoroughly.  Before you apply, consider whether you can commit to full participation in every aspect of the program.

Alumni of this program will be well positioned to increase the academic quality in their courses, departments, faculties, and universities.  They are also eligible to apply for Fulbright and other Embassy exchange programs after their successful completion of their program and a two-year residency in Afghanistan upon their return. 

Program Overview

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program offers an opportunity for young teachers of English to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the United States while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at U.S. universities.  In this non-degree program, FLTA Fellows from Afghanistan spend one academic year at a U.S. university where they teach their native language as teaching assistants with another instructor or lead their own classes.  FLTA Fellows also enroll in at least two U.S. studies or teaching methodology classes each semester.  In addition to their classroom responsibilities, FLTA Fellows also actively pursue opportunities to share the culture and values of Afghanistan with Americans both on and off campus.  U.S. host universities integrate FLTA Fellows into their teaching programs and assist them in identifying opportunities to do cross-cultural outreach in the community.

The FLTA Program is quite rigorous and life as an FLTA Fellow does not resemble that of a graduate student with regular hours and a predictable schedule.  There are many diverse duties required of FLTA Fellows and many may not be limited to working exclusively in a formal classroom setting.  Fellows frequently participate in extracurricular activities such as leading conversation groups, attending community social events/lectures and working in language laboratories.   For more information please visit:http://flta.fulbrightonline.org/home.html

Cycle

Applications will be accepted starting from April 1, 2016 and until the deadline of May 30, 2016. The application review and interview process continues until July and selected FLTA finalists are notified sometime in August.  After selection, the university submission and placement process continues until March 2017 and visa interviews take place until June 2017.  Selected candidates may be required to travel to the U.S. for the start of the academic year in late summer 2017.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be citizens of Afghanistan and currently reside/live in Afghanistan;
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with full 8 semesters of transcripts  and a strong academic background;
  • Applicants should have strong English language skills.  Applicants with a valid TOEFL iBT score will be given preference when selecting candidates.  Candidates with TOEFL scores must include a screenshot or their highest such score in the application package. Selected applicants may be required to retake a TOEFL iBT later.  Competitive applicants will have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT.
  • Applicants must have at least one year of full-time professional teaching experience at a high school, university or other official institutions;
  • Applicants must present three letters of recommendation from their professors and/or employers (usually two from professors and one from an employer);
  • Applicants should have limited or no prior experience in the United States;
  • Applicants should submit a professional objective statement and a personal statements with clear goals  tying their academic plans to longer term professional goals;
  • Applicants must be committed to returning to Afghanistan and a specific plan for using their Fulbright experience in their professional lives and in service to their country.
  • Applicants currently living in the U.S., and U.S. citizens are NOT eligible for the program;
  • Persons who have a pending application for immigration to any country (this includes Special Immigrant Visas to the U.S.) are NOT eligible for the program;
  • Employees of the U.S. government, such as U.S. Embassy/USAID, and their family members (parents, siblings, spouses, and children) are NOT eligible for the program.

Please note that applicants are judged according to their complete application (statements, exam scores, work and volunteer experience, interview, etc.).  The most qualified and competitive candidates will be selected for nomination by the U.S. Embassy.  The Fulbright Scholarship Board in Washington, DC makes the final determination approving of candidates from nominees around the world.

No Dependents

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Fellowship in Afghanistan is provided for the recipient only; dependents, including spouses (Maharam) are not permitted to accompany them to the United States.  There are no exceptions.

How to Apply

STEP 1: Are you eligible? Read the instruction page of the Application Form carefully. Before you apply, be sure that you qualify.

STEP 2: Complete Application Form.  Please download the application form here.

STEP 3: After downloading the application materials, please read the instruction page carefully and be sure that you meet each of the qualification requirements before you apply. Complete the MS Word application form, sign the first page (instruction page), and collect all requested supplemental documents, then scan them all together with the completed application as a single PDF file. Send complete application (all application materials as one single PDF file) as an email attachment toKabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov by 11:59 pm (23:59) Kabul time May 30, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. A complete application package must include a scanned PDF file of the following:  completed application form, including the signed application checklist; copies of attested diploma(s) and transcript(s); screenshot of TOEFL/iBT score (if applicable); scanned copies of three recommendation letters; and current CV or resume.

You must submit your completed and signed application with all supplemental materials; convert all documents to one single PDF file and in one email to KabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov by 11:59 pm (23:59) Kabul time on May 30, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

STEP 4: The U.S. Embassy will review the applications received before the deadline and contact the most qualified and competitive applicants for an interview.

STEP 5: Successful candidates may be required to retake a TOEFL iBT.

STEP 6: The U.S. Embassy will make the final decisions on the selected candidates and notify all applicants of the decisions in August 2016.

Applied for Fulbright-FLTA before?

We encourage applicants who have applied previously to submit new and revised applications. Fulbright becomes more competitive each year as the number of applicants increases and you are encouraged to revise your essays and update your information.

Deadline

The application deadline is 11:59 pm (23:59) (Kabul time) on May 30, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. Fellowships will be awarded for academic programs beginning in the United States in August/September 2017.

Tips for Success

Please review the advice on writing a Statement of Purpose in the link “Focus on Your Essays (PDF 242 KB).” Plagiarism – the unfair use of the words and ideas of others – will not be tolerated and can lead to disqualification from the Humphrey program.

Please review our “Tips” for success, located on the right side of this page.  The Focus on Your Essays (PDF 242 KB) section has been particularly useful for previous applicants. There is guidance onpreparing for the interview (PDF 193 KB), TOEFL tests (PDF 245 KB), and strengthening your letters of recommendation (PDF 197 KB).

Questions?

If you can’t find the answer here, please review the application and checklist. If you still have questions, you may emailKabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov for assistance. Also, please see ourFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) for the Fulbright FLTA Program.