Scholarship Programs
Fulbright-Foreign Language
Teaching Assistant (FLTA)
Fulbright Awards for Filipinos

Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the FLTA Program is a full scholarship program for early career (not more than seven years of teaching experience) English-language teachers to work as Filipino-language teaching assistants at a U.S. university for one academic year (nine months). FLTA aims at strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities while providing foreign teachers opportunity to increase their English language proficiency, refine their teaching skills, and extend their knowledge of the culture and customs of the United States.

During the program year, the participant will have the opportunity to take classes on teaching methodology and other topics, such as American studies. The participant is also expected to participate in university programs and to share Filipino culture with their colleagues and students. The grant is for one academic year and is non-renewable.

FLTAs should be energetic, early career educator capable of succeeding in the dual role of university teaching assistant and student. He/she must be open to living with their U.S. student peers in undergraduate or graduate level campus housing and also engaging with faculty and staff with maturity and professionalism.

Please note that dependents are not allowed to travel with scholarship recipients.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Filipino citizens.
  2. Teaching experience is preferred. English teachers are eligible, or in training to become teachers of English, except those from Metro Manila.
  3. Applicants must be residing in the Philippines throughout the nomination and selection process.
  4. Possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree with a good academic record; Master’s degrees are highly desirable at many institutions.
  5. Fluency in English is mandatory. A score of no less than 90 (iBT) on the TOEFL is required.
  6. Clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism.
  7. Applicants should be energetic, early career educators capable of succeeding in the dual role of teaching assistant and student.
  8. Must return to home country upon completion of the nine-month program.
  9. Applicants must be no younger than 23 and no older than 29 years of age at the time of application. The FLTA Program does not provide J-2 sponsorship for dependents.

Required Documents:

  • Completed online application
  • Official or certified transcript of records from all colleges/universities attended
  • Certified true copy of diploma (not original)
  • Three letters of reference (forms are found on the online application)
  • Letter of Institutional Support (should come from the University Head/Chancellor/University President/VP for Academic Affairs) printed on an official school letterhead – this letter should state that the university is aware of and supports your participation in the Fulbright FLTA program. It should indicate that you will be granted an official leave, preferably with pay, from the institution and will resume your teaching status in the university upon completion of your program in the US.
  • Supplemental forms
  • Copy of passport
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report (if available)

Application period for the 2019-20 Fulbright FLTA Program is on June 1, 2018 to August 17, 2018.

All interested applicants are required to complete the online application found on All other required documents (Official Transcript of Records, original Letters of Reference, and Letter of Institutional Support) should be received at the PAEF office no later than August 17, 2018.

Grantees are expected to begin their program in the U.S. in August of 2019.