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FULBRIGHT FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE November 15, 2017
LENGHT OF GRANT 9 months
STARTING DATE August 2018
LOCATION
COMMENTS

Why apply for the position as an FLTA?

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship provides young Austrian teachers and recent university graduates who have completed at least an undergraduate degree with the unique opportunity to spend an academic year at a college or university in the US and assisting experienced professors in the instruction of German. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience campus life in the US, gain valuable classroom teaching experience, and have an insight into US higher education. The FLTA program also gives participants a chance to take courses at their host institution and gather first-hand experience about American culture. A position as an FLTA can be a starting point for a career in language teaching or education, but it can also provide the foundation for research and an academic career. Most importantly, FLTAs contribute to Fulbright’s aim of “promoting mutual understanding between the US and other nations” by fostering personal relations and life-long friendships with their host-institution and community.

Read about the experiences of former Fulbright German Language Teaching Assistants at their US universities here! For information on current or former participants please consult our participants list as well as our former participants list.

Requirements and Eligibility+

  • Austrian citizenship
  • Applicants must be between 21 and 29 years-old and
  • Have at least completed their undergraduate education at an accredited Austrian university[1], university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule), or university college of teacher education (Pädagogische Hochschule). Students who are in their last semester of their FH/PH studies may apply. Acceptance into the program is contingent having a completed undergraduate degree by June
  • Students with a degree or training in the following fields are particularly encouraged to apply: German Studies, British and American Studies, German as a Foreign Language (DaF), Linguistics, Translation Studies, Teacher Education
  • Strong English language skills are expected. All participants in the FLTA program are expected to take the TOEFL test before departing for the US. The TOEFL is not needed at the time of the application but will be required at a later stage in the application process.
  • Teaching experience is an advantage but not particularly required
  • Candidates that have already received a Fulbright grant in the past are ineligible to apply for the Fulbright FLTA program.

[1] Students in the second half of the old Diplomstudium may also apply

Job description+

Generally speaking FLTAs assist their host institutions in the instruction of German for 20 hours per week. FLTA duties vary widely based on the specific needs of individual institutions – some FLTAs are expected to teach language courses on their own with minimal in-class supervision, while others may be much more involved in extracurricular support of established language programs such as leading conversation groups, participating in community events or lectures, working in language laboratories, or contributing to language materials development. Some FLTAs live on campus, together with their students in the international languages house and participate actively in the campus community. The idea of the program is to have a native speaker on campus as a linguistic and cultural resource inside and outside the classroom. Many institutions are looking for young, lively and energetic native speakers of German that spark their student’s excitement for language learning and international travel.

Every FLTAs package is tailor-made and the roles vary slightly based on the needs of the host institution. The following benefits are included in every FLTAs package:

 Support of Fulbright Austria and the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York before your departure to the US and throughout your stay

  • Pre-departure orientation sessions in Austria and
  • Orientation seminars as well as enrichment seminars in the US
  • Being part of a larger community of Fulbrighters in Austria and the US
  • Room, board, tuition re-mission for two courses per semester on a credit or audit basis as well as a small stipend from the host institution
  • A travel grant of 800 Euros
  • Fulbright Austria ensures that all FLTAs receive roughly the same financial package based on the offers specific host institutions make
  • ASPE Health and Accident Insurance for the duration of the grant
  • Visa sponsorship of a J-1 visa[2]

[2] FLTAs receive a J-1 visa that requires them to return to their country of origin (i.e.: Austria) for 2 years before they are eligible to apply for a work permit or green card. It is however, possible to return to the US as a tourist (for 90 days) or on a student visa. 

Application Materials+

Candidates can access the online application at:

https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/flta/27/

 Candidates must also upload the following documents to the online application:

  • Academic transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Candidates should submit transcripts (Nachweis über den Studienerfolg) for all subjects studied and examinations taken, including grades if the candidate is a student/graduate. Graduates of the university college of teacher education (Pädagogischen Hochschule) should include a copy of their Studienbuch to confirm grades.
  • Copies of diplomas from all post-secondary schools attended. Candidates should submit Diplomprüfungs- and Abschlusszeugnisse for all diplomas and degrees.
  • 3 reference/recommendation letters. These forms should be completed by professors (or former employers) online.

Please note that the following documents are not required at this point of the application:

  • Fulbright Medical Form for FLTA candidates
  • TOEFL (if you are accepted as a candidate, you will receive a voucher to register for the TOEFL for free). If you already have a TOEFL score that is not older than two years please include a copy
  • English translations of transcripts and diplomas

Candidates are requested to submit the application form as well as letters of recommendation online. The deadline to receive complete applications is November 15. Incomplete applications and/or late applications will not be considered.

Placement+

Institutions that host FLTAs vary from year to year. The following institutions have, however, hosted Austrian FLTAs in previous year and the AAEC considers them as long-standing partners: