English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Application

Amherst applicant initial deadline: SEPT 1, 2020 - NOON

Before you start, read the Fulbright overview to learn about the grant's purpose and the application process. See Application Advice for examples of essays by winning candidates and useful tips on fellowship applications. (Note that instructions to ETAs for the Statement of Grant Purpose changed in 2019.)

English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Application Components

Zach Stern teaching in a Cypriot classroom The Fulbright online application includes information you enter, documents you upload, and documents you ask others to upload. All components are due by the deadline above. The application opens in April. You can enter information and return to it, saving as you go. Start early and proofread regularly! Be sure to indicate that you are applying through Amherst College, whether you are a senior or an alum. Start your application by selecting Fulbright Online Application on the left side of the Fulbright Applicants page.

Information you enter:
  • Personal information: biographical details, lists of extracurricular activities, travel history, work experience, awards, and other data; you will not be able to upload a resume
  • Three (important!) summary statements: (1) an abstract/summary of why you want to be an ETA in this specific country (200 words); (2) host country engagement plan (200 words); (3) description of plans upon return to U.S. (100 words)
Documents you upload:

Essays: two essays are the centerpiece of your Fulbright application

  • In the 1-page Statement of Grant Purpose (SOGP), you will explain what specific qualifications, training, or experience will you bring to the classroom and your role in the host country, as well as any ideas you have on how to reach students coming from a different pedagogical tradition. (To do this, you'll need to learn about the pedagogical tradition of the destination country and also reflect on your own learning experiences in the U.S.)
    Format for the ETA SOGP: One page, single spaced, with 1-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font. At the top of each page include: On line 1: Statement of Grant Purpose; On line 2: Your Name, Country of Application, and English Teaching Assistant Program.
  • The 1-page Personal Statement may address your personal history, family background, influences on your intellectual development, the educational, professional, and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you․ It should include your specific interests and abilities, career plans, and life goals, etc․ It should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application or an elaboration of your Statement of Grant Purpose․ It is a biography specifically related to you and your aspirations relative to the Fulbright Program to which you have applied
    Format for the ETA Personal Statement: One page, single spaced, with 1-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font. At the top of each page include: On line 1: Personal Statement; On line 2: Your Name, Country of Application, and English Teaching Assistant Program. 

Follow the timeline and process below for producing polished essays by the deadline.

                                                                                            TIMELINE for Getting it done!


Choose a country and carefully read the description of the ETA role on its Fulbright page

Read a range of ETA Applications under Application Advice on our website 

Complete the Pre-Draft Questionnaire for the ETA SOGP

The Director of Fellowships will respond to discuss your questionnaire 


Send your first Statement of Grant Purpose (SOGP) draft to the Director of Fellowships as a Word doc for feedback & revision


Continue to revise SOGP, and send Personal Statement as a Word doc for feedback


Continue revising both drafts and sending them for feedback until you and we agree that the content represents you well

By SEPT 1st

Proofread your final essays; correct errors; proofread again; turn the Word docs into pdfs, print them and check for formatting errors. Correct errors, then upload to the portal.

Transcripts:  Fulbright requires both your AC transcript and any study abroad/transfer college transcripts. Always scan front AND back. While Fulbright says they allow unofficial transcripts, the AC unofficial versions do not contain all required information so ORDER AN OFFICIAL version - one that does not require a password for someone to access. Make sure that the major(s) that appears on your transcript matches what you enter in the application. Upload transcripts as pdfs, and follow Fulbright's instructions on requirements and how to upload. Note that the numerical GPA you enter in the application should be calculated with your AC grades only (no previous institutions) using the AC Registrar's Grade Conversion Worksheet.

Language Self-evaluation: If you have any language skills at all for the destination country, you should complete a language self-evaluation even if it is not required by the country. The self-evaluation form is brief and is part of the online application. (see below on language evaluations from instructors).

Documents you ask others to submit

In the online application, you will have the opportunity to enter the names and contact information for three recommenders and a language evaluator. Enter their names only after you have personally asked them over the phone or through email. It is courteous to ask at least three weeks to a month in advance of a deadline. It is best to ask faculty during the spring semester or early summer before the fall deadline if they will be able to write letters for you, then remind them, and trigger the email request in the portal in early August.

Recommendations: Fulbright requires three recommendation forms. For ETA grants, at least one of your recommenders should be a faculty member. The others may also be faculty or work or internship supervisors, staff persons, coaches, or community leaders who know you well and have seen you doing teaching-related activities.
For details on what is required in these letters, please direct your recommenders to our Fulbright Overview page (to the section titled For Recommenders).

Language evaluations: Language evaluations from instructors are required for some countries. Even if not required, getting an evaluation is wise if you have any language skills at all for the country. Fulbright offers language evaluator instructions and a sample form here but instructors will actually complete an online form accessed through an email you trigger within the online application. If your language evaluator is also a recommender, you must enter two distinct email addresses for the two requests. The language evaluation is desired by the AC internal deadline. See sample instructor evaluation form.

Questions? Please contact:
Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships; coverstreet@amherst.edu                  
212 Converse Hall; 413-542-2536                             
Mailing address: Office of Fellowships, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002; Fax: 413-542-8555