Awards to the U.S.
Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Fulbright Program, Chinese Teachers from Taiwan, (FLTA)
(to teach or assist Chinese classes in the U.S.)
Description and Purpose
The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Taiwan Ministry of Education, and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
The FLTA Program enables early-career educators from overseas to go to the U.S. They refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency, and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States, while engaging in non-degree studies at accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions. Along with their studies, FLTAs teach language courses, supervise language labs, and lead language table discussions. FLTAs may also act as resource persons in conversation groups, cultural representatives, attendants in language laboratories, coordinators of extra-curricular activities, guest speakers in civilization courses, head’s of language clubs, houses, tables and much more.
- Are for 9 months, the grant period cannot extend.
- May assist in or teach up to 20 hours of language classes a week
- Required to enroll in at least 2 courses per semester, one of which must be in the U.S. Studies; the remaining coursework should be related to their careers in original teaching fields.
- Are expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs, and language tables
- Are required to attend a U.S.-based orientation sponsored by ECA during the summer, right before the FLTA grant.
- Are required to attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States, hosted by ECA and coordinated by IIE
- Room and Board (offered by host university)
- Travel allowance: a direct, round-trip economy-class air ticket (for return ticket, please confirm with IIE) , and a baggage allowance
- Monthly stipend (offered by host university)
- Placement services by IIE
- Placement in a summer orientation in the U.S., with expenses paid for travel allowance by IIE
- If selected FLTAs don’t have certificate of TCSL, FSE will support to have one basic TCSL program
Applicants are eligible who:
- Reside in Taiwan at the time of application, the year prior to the grant (August 2021-July 2022)
- Possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree with a good academic record (Master’s degrees are highly desirable at many institutions)
- Be teachers of the following fields (TESL and TCSL are preferred)
- Teaching English as Second Language
- Teaching Chinese as Second Language
- Language Teaching related fields
- Be fluent in English, as demonstrated by a score of no less than 79 (iBT) or 6.0 (IELTS), taken since September, 2020. Or upload a test appointment confirmation to our application system (test date MUST before September 30, 2021).
- Are required to secure visas in time for host institution reporting dates. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the assistantship.
- Clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism
- Be outgoing and dynamic individuals with a great sense of humor
- Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions (Eligibility & Visa)
Applicants are Ineligible who:
- Applicants must hold citizenship in Republic of China (Taiwan). Besides, applicants cannot be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. to participate in the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. An applicant who has resided in the U.S. for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application is ineligible for a grant. An applicant who has lived in the U.S. for nine months or more during a calendar year is deemed to have resided in the U.S. for that year.
- Have received Fulbright Student Grant twice
- Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S.
- All other factors being equal, preference is given to applicants who has submitted all of the documents.
Learn More About the Process
Submit the hard copy of the following required documents to Fulbright Taiwan. (postmarked no later than August 15, 2021)
- Hard copies of your completed on-lined application form (filled in English, including application form, English CV, English transcripts for all degrees (university and post-graduate), degree certificate, certificate of enrollment or employment certificate, iBT/IELTS score report or appointment confirmation, and passport copy.)
- Chinese CV (the translation version of your English CV with your cell phone number and mailing address. We’ll deliver the notification letter via post mail after the nomination list is confirmed.)
- Three English recommendation letters in sealed envelopes (if your referees do not want to complete recommendation letters on line and please do ask for the specific form from our foundation)
- One copy of authorized transcripts for undergraduate studies and for graduate studies in sealed envelopes (including for exchange studies; MUST be in English for IIE); “sealed envelopes” means that you have to ask school to stamp on the flap of the envelope to prove that the transcripts are authorized by school.
- Certificate of degree for all degrees earned (MUST be in English for IIE); foreign certificates of degree must be authenticated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). For more information, please visit MOFA’s website. All certificates of degrees will be sent to IIE.
- Certificate of enrollment. If school cannot issue the certificate by our deadline, please submit a copy of your student ID card (both sides). Applicants should submit the certificate of enrollment by September 30, 2020.
The mailing address is:
Foundation for Scholarly Exchange
2nd Fl., 45, Yanping S. Rd., Taipei 10043, Taiwan
Attn. Fulbright Exchange Program (Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Fulbright Program, Chinese Teachers from Taiwan, FLTA)
The application process has been completed! Wait for the notification letter!
If the applicants fail to meet the minimum requirement of English proficiency or do not receive standardized test score report(s), the applications still can be submitted (by August 15th). The selection committee will decide if the applicants are qualified for being granted and allowed to re-take standardized tests after the interview.
IIE will place FLTAs based on the requests of the host institutions and the FLTAs’ personality, capability, iBT/IELTS scores, etc. FLTAs cannot decline the grant due to the host universities’ backgrounds.
Our Foundation is in charge of documents required for visa application, including DS-2019, visa fee waiver, and the administrative procedures of visa application. It’s not the host institutions to issue DS-2019s to Fulbright grantees.
Fulbright Program does not offer J-2 visa to dependents.
1) In the grant period, grantees have to submit at least one research result/reflections report to FSE Online Journal (in Chinese or English)
2) After completion of your grant in the United States, you should return to Taiwan for at least two years before being eligible to apply for temporary worker (H), intracompany transferee (L), fiancé (K) visa, or immigrant visa/lawful permanent resident status (LPR), so called Two-Year Home-Country Physical Presence Requirement under Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Within the two-year period, the grantees are allowed to apply for tourist visa, student visa, and other non-immigrant-non-employment visa to attend conferences, travel or study in the U.S.
August. 15, 2021——Deadline of application
Mid-September, 2021——A Selection Committee (academic peers from a variety of disciplines and Board members) reviews all documents and research proposals
Late September, 2021——The Selection Committee recommends a nominee list to FSE’s Board. Applicants are notified by our Foundation of nomination/non-nomination after the Board meeting.
October 1, 2021——Fulbright Taiwan submits the approved nomination to IIE for technical review and to J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) at Washington D.C. for final approval.
March, 2022——Final approval is released from FFSB to our Foundation.
April, 2022——IIE starts to work on placement.
May, 2022——Pre-Departure Orientation
August to September, 2022——Grant starts
Middle of September
In the middle of September (tentatively scheduled on September 13, 2021), a Selection Committee (academics, Board members, and staff) reviews all documents, conducts oral interviews with applicants and recommends a slate for final selection by Fulbright Taiwan’s Board. Applicants who can’t physically present for an oral interview will be deemed to waive.
End of September
- Applicants are notified by Fulbright Taiwan of nomination/non-nomination at the end of September after the Board meeting and their nomination is also sent to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) for final confirmation. IIE will provide services for applying host institutions simultaneously.
- The grant is then subject to:
- Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB)
- The candidate’s placement with a U.S. institution approved by Fulbright Taiwan
April of the grant year
Final approval is then normally received by Fulbright Taiwan in April and conveyed to grantees as soon as received.
Join the Prestigious Network!
More Information Below
- American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)
- The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
- The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
- Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Ministry of Education (MOE)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
- TECO in the USA
- Arts Residency Network, Ministry of Culture (MOC), Taiwan
- Tourism Bureau, Republic of China (Taiwan)
FLTA Story Book Series
The authors of the FLTA Storybook Series are from the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program administrated by Fulbright Taiwan, which enables educators from Taiwan to assists in Chinese teaching in U.S. colleges and universities for around 9 months. In addition to teaching language, FLTAs serve as cultural ambassadors on campus. The program has benefited many Taiwanese teachers and also American university students since 2011. Special thanks to Department of State of U.S. and Ministry of Education of Taiwan for their great support to FLTA program over the years.