Fulbright 2015 Program announced - Apply Now
Updated on Jul 17, 2014 - 5:17 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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Synopsis:

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) has invited applications for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program 2015. Young career educators who are currently teaching English at college level or training to become teachers of English can apply.

Program  Description:

The FLTA Program, an integral part of the Fulbright Student Program, is funded by the US Department of State with the purpose of strengthening foreign language instruction at US institutes. The program aims to provide future foreign teachers of English the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and increase their English language proficiency.

FLTA fellows spend nine months serving as teaching assistants at US institutions while also taking courses in English teaching and US Studies as non-degree students.

FLTA fellows also interact with the host community through extracurricular activities and community outreach projects. India is one of the countries participating in the 2015 competition.

Value of award:

FLTA fellows will receive a monthly stipend, health insurance and travel support. Besides US host institutions provide tuition awards to support the required coursework. The FLTA program does not provide J-2 visas for spouses or dependents.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be citizens of India and qualified to hold a valid Indian passport. Persons applying for permanent residence in the US are not eligible. Fulbright fellows enter the US on an exchange visitor (J-1) visa and are subject to the two-year home residence requirement associated with J-1 visa. Applicants must be residing in India throughout the application, nomination and selection process.
  2. Fluency in English is mandatory. A score of no less than 213 (CBT), 79-80 (iBT) or 550 (PBT) on the TOEFL is required. TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application. Candidates recommended by the selection committee will have to appear for the TOEFL in November 2014.
  3. Candidates should possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree with a good academic record. Indian applicants should have at least a Master’s degree by June 2015.
  4. Applicants must be English language teachers at the college level or training to become English language teachers.
  5. Preference will be given to candidates below 30 years of age and who have little or no prior experience living in the United States.

Prior teaching experience is preferred.

How to Apply:

You are required to submit an online application along with supporting documents.

Fill the online application here.

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In addition applicants must send three confidential letters of reference, academic marksheets/transcripts, English language proficiency test scores (if any) and passport copy.

Employed applicants need to submit their applications through proper channel by the application deadline.

Selection procedure:

Short-listed applicants will have to appear for an interview before a selection committee in New Delhi, in November 2014. Candidates recommended by the selection committee will have to appear for the TOEFL in November 2014.

Applications of recommended candidates will be forwarded to the U.S. for further review. candidates will be notified of their awards by March 2015.

Participants will be required to attend an orientation in India during the summer of 2015 before arriving at their host institutions in August 2015. FLTA fellows will also be required to attend a mid-year enrichment workshop in the US.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

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