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Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassy in your home country.

Current U.S. Student

If you are a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, please visit our Fulbright U.S. Student Program site.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

 

U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.

FLTA - Arrival Information

Prior to FLTA Arrival

The Fulbright FLTA Supervisor Guidebook is a vital resource for information regarding all stages of the FLTA Program and how to properly guide the FLTA through their stay in the United States.

Host institution faculty and administrators are expected to contact the FLTA about matters vital to their successful adjustment to campus life and the fulfilment of their assistantship duties, including sending grantees materials or links relevant to their program while he/she is in their home country.

The following documents will assist you as an institution in preparing to host an FLTA:

Prior to FLTA Arrival, IIE will issue FLTAs Terms of Appointment (the offers of assistantships and Terms and Conditions for Fulbright) which:

  • Detail the FLTA’s assistantship responsibilities and particulars, including start and end dates.
  • Define the financial benefits of the award.
  • List the FLTAs rights and responsibilities as recipients of the J-1 student non-degree visa and Fulbright FLTA.

IIE will collect a copy of the FLTAs’ signed Terms of Appointment and a copy of the Fulbright Medical Form prior to the FLTAs arrival in the U.S.   However, FLTAs are responsible for submitting copies of signed Terms of Appointment and Fulbright medical forms (or university required medical forms) directly to their host institutions.   To ensure receipt of signed copies of FLTA’s signed Terms of Appointment and medical forms, host institutions are encouraged to reach out to their FLTA once he/she has accepted the offer to arrange to securely receive a copy of the Terms of Appointment and medical form.

IIE will provide FLTAs with:

  • Fulbright FLTAs summer orientation assignments and details for arrival at these sites.
  • Instructions on arranging direct funds transfer, for those FLTAs receiving Fulbright awards through IIE.
  • The Work Authorization letter, used to obtain a Social Security Card.
  • Instructions on utilizing their ASPE health benefit plan card.
  • Instructions in submitting the Address Report form, to be completed within 10 days of arrival and mailed to IIE along with the DS 2019 form, the I-94 card, and visa pages.
After FLTA Arrival

Following an FLTA's arrival, the host institution should:

  • Facilitate transport to campus/housing. This can be the supervisor's or International Students' Office. If pick-up cannot be arranged, explicit instructions for getting to campus/housing must be provided to help the student begin with a good experience.
  • Make your school's facilities and telephone usage regulations clear to the FLTA (especially with regard to long-distance and overseas usage). You should monitor their usage and report violations to IIE.
  • Ensure that your schools regulations on discrimination and sexual harassment are explained to your FLTA.
  • Assist the student during registration each semester. Please notify IIE of any difficulties in this regard. If a particular course is not available, the student must register for a course that will complement their experience and educational background.
  • If transcripts will not be issued in audit situations, supervisors and/or instructors should provide letters evaluating coursework and a letter grade that the student would have received in a credit situation.
FLTA Supervision & Program Parameters

Host Institution Responsibilities:

  • Review the signed Terms of Award and inform IIE immediately of any needed corrections or revisions. Accuracy of reporting start and end dates is particularly important.
  • Review the FLTAs Medical Form. If you have not received the FLTA Medical Form at least one month before their scheduled arrival, please contact the FLTA and copy FLTA program staff. Since many institutions have requirements that may not be met by the medical examination taken by the student prior to coming to the U.S., e.g., immunizations or vaccinations, it is important that they be given the opportunity to satisfy these in their home country or have sufficient time to check their ASPE health benefit plan website to ascertain if procedures will be covered in the U.S.
  • As soon as an FLTA accepts a position, the appointed Supervisor should contact the FLTA via the e-mail provided by IIE to:
    • Receive a copy of the signed Terms of Appointment and medical form
    • Share information regarding adjustment to campus life.
    • Define and describe their assistantship duties.
    • Provide information on housing which has been arranged or a plan for obtaining housing upon arrival on campus. These arrangements may be made by you, or through the institution's housing or international students' services offices. Assistance must be provided, since most FLTAs will be ill-equipped to obtain their own housing. A safe and pleasing housing situation is often the key to insuring a successful transition to the U.S. and your community for what may be the first abroad experience for many of these visitors.
    • Assure that the FLTA is taking the required two full academic courses per semester on either an audit or credit basis to guard their visa status. These courses, in addition to their TA duties, constitute their full-time, Non-Degree J-1 Student Program, as required by federal regulation. Supervisors must attest that the FLTA is taking the required number of courses at the beginning of each semester by signing the Student Report form. Physical education, studio, performance, and online courses do not count towards the required course load.
    • Assure that at least one course during the year is in American Studies. Since there is latitude in determining what courses will meet this requirement, please contact the FLTA program staff for permission to enroll, if there is any doubt.
    • Attest that the FLTA is taking the required number of courses to guard their visa status by signing the Student Report Form. (See below for a description of academic requirements).

Please notify FLTA program staff if an FLTA is involved in any social or other activity that may distract from successfully completing program requirements. This is particularly true if a supervisor learns that the FLTA:

  • Has been married after arrival in the U.S. or is expecting a child
  • Is working in excess of 20 hours per week on campus or at another job off-campus.

Supervisors should report to IIE, as soon as possible, any behavior, activity, or poor academic or teaching performance, which may be cause for concern.

IIE will not issue a Certificate of Completion to the FLTA without proof of their successful completion of all of the above.

Please remember that an institution's participation in the Fulbright FLTA Program requires that they provide a waiver of tuition and fees associated with the two-course per semester requirement. Billing issues can be addressed to flta@iie.org.

FLTAs are expected to perform at a satisfactory academic level. If transcripts will not be issued in audit situations, supervisors and/or instructors should provide letters evaluating coursework and a letter grade that the student would have received in a credit situation

FLTAs:

  • Must be engaged in language teaching duties throughout the academic year, for no more than 20 hours per week.
  • Must be teaching the language for which they received the grant.
  • May guest lecture or assist minimally in a second language class if participation will allow them to serve as a cultural ambassador. Such activities may only constitute a very small percentage of the work-week.
  • May guest lecture or assist minimally in a non-language class if participation will allow them to serve as a cultural ambassador. Such activities may constitute only a very small percentage of their overall duties.
  • May not spend a semester or quarter not actively engaged in teaching the language for which they received the award. Failure to maintain teaching status is a violation of program requirements and may result in the revocation of the grant.
  • May not teach or assist in the teaching of non-language courses.

FLTAs are free to engage in supplementary educational and cultural activities, in addition to their classroom teaching and required coursework, as they see fit.

 

Read about FLTA program funding.