The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program 2023 is now accepting applications. This scholarship offers young teachers and graduate students the opportunity to enroll in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in American Studies. Courses are offered on an audit or credit basis. FLTA participants will attend up to twenty hours of language classes per week and will also be expected to host in-person or virtual cultural events, language clubs and language tables. The best candidates are early career English teachers or professionals in related fields such as translation. Applicants from the following fields will also be considered on a case-by-case basis: American Studies, Journalism and Media, and American/English Literature.
The J. William Fulbright Program sponsors a nine-month, non-degree program at colleges and universities across the United States. Recipients teach Arabic and enroll in at least two courses each semester, one of which must be American Studies. The scholarship covers all costs for: visa application, airfare, tuition, health insurance, accommodation and meals, as well as a monthly stipend for incidental expenses.
Prospective FLTAs should be aware that flexibility will be required due to possible COVID-19 related adjustments for the 2023-24 academic year, including the requirement to teach remotely and assist with teaching responsibilities in line.
To apply for this program, interested candidates must complete an online application. Carefully read the instructions available here (482 KB) before completing the FLTA application. If applicants have taken the TOEFL or similar English proficiency exam, scores should be included with a minimum Institutional TOEFL (Local ITP) score of 550, or its equivalent iBT 79-80 or IELTS 6.0. Although TOEFL scores are NOT required to apply, finalists will be required to take the TOEFL before entering the program (qualified applicants may request a fee waiver).
Successful applicants must:
- Lebanese citizens or long-term Palestinian residents in Lebanon. A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder) is not eligible to apply for the FLTA program.
- Be a teacher (with no more than seven years of professional experience) or in training to become a teacher
- Have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by June 1, 2023
- Demonstrate proficiency in English
- Demonstrate fluency in speaking, writing and teaching Modern Standard Arabic
- Have little or no prior experience in the United States
- Be eager to serve as cultural ambassadors for Lebanon and enthusiastic about learning about American culture and engaging with their American host communities
- Must be open to living with US student peers in undergraduate or graduate university housing.
- Reside in Lebanon throughout the nomination and selection process
- Return to Lebanon immediately after the FLTA program
- Applicants must successfully complete all stages of the assessment and selection process and successfully complete all required procedures.
Preference will be given to candidates without significant recent experience in the United States and/or abroad.
Applicants can access the online application at https://apply.iie.org/FLTA2023
Application deadline: July 25, 2022.
Incomplete and late applications will be ineligible.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Candidates whose applications contain plagiarism – even a few words – will be immediately disqualified.