The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2024-2025 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program aimed at fostering mutual understanding between the United States and other countries around the world. The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.
The Fulbright FLTA program provides scholarships for highly motivated early career Bangladeshi educational professionals working in English language and other related fields (e.g., American studies, journalism and media, American or English Literature, and Bengali language instructors) to teach Bengali at institutions of higher education in the United States. This nine-month, non-degree program provides Bangladeshi academics and professionals with an excellent professional development opportunity to refine their skills, increase their English language proficiency, and enhance their knowledge of the United States.
Fulbright FLTA fellows typically teach Bengali language classes to American and international students from around the world. Fellows and their students will have a unique opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and societies. Fulbright FLTA participants may assist in up to 20 hours of language classes a week and are required to enroll in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in American Studies. Coursework is offered on either an audit or credit basis. Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs, discussion groups, and interact with their host community through conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach events.
To be eligible, interested candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Be a teacher of English or related fields with no more than seven years of teaching experience at the university level.
- Have at least a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited public or private university in Bangladesh.
- Be fluent in English.
- Have a valid minimum TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 7.
- Be a Bangladeshi citizen residing in Bangladesh at the time of application.
- Submit a complete online application according to the program guidelines.
Applicants must demonstrate dependability, integrity, and professionalism. Material misrepresentation (e.g., plagiarism) at any time during the application or grant period is grounds for elimination or grant termination, as well as ineligibility for participation in future U.S. government-sponsored programs. Applicants must reside in their home countries throughout the nomination and selection process. Family members are not permitted to accompany participants during the program.
- A completed online application.
- Academic transcripts and certificates from each post-secondary institution attended (bachelor’s and master’s).
- Three recommendation letters submitted and uploaded by the reference onto the online application portal (prospective candidates must register their references through the “Recommender Registration” button on the online application site).
- Academic records information form (available on the online application site).
- Valid TOEFL / IELTS score.
Application Information and Deadline:
Applications are due by Saturday, August 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (Bangladesh time).
For submitting online applications, please visit https://apply.iie.org/flta2024
For detailed application instructions, please visit: Instructions for Completing the 2024-2025 Fulbright FLTA Program Application
For further information, please contact Raihana Sultana, Cultural Affairs Specialist, at SultanaR1@state.gov.