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FY2018 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) (Deadline Extended: September 5, 2017)

Application deadline extended: September 5, 2017

The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) is pleased to announce the FY2018-2019 competition for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month ECA-funded, non-degree program for early career English language teachers or professionals in related fields (e.g., American/English Literature, etc.).

Participants have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while being teaching assistants for their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities. Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects. Fulbright FLTA participants may assist in up to twenty hours of language classes a week and are required to enrol in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in the U.S. Studies.  Coursework is offered on either an audit or credit basis. Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs and language tables.

Fulbright FLTA participants are required to attend a U.S.-based orientation sponsored by ECA during the summer of 2018 before arriving at their host institutions in August. Fulbright FLTA participants are also required to attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States, hosted by ECA and coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE), to share and discuss foreign language teaching best practices and their current teaching experiences with other Fulbright grantees.

Fulbright FLTA participants are required to return to their home countries upon completion of the program. ECA will not support any extension requests for participants. The Fulbright FLTA program does not support dependents or family members. Candidates may not have any dependents accompany them for any time during the program. Family and friends may visit program participants during the holiday periods. By the extension of this policy, pregnant candidates may not participate in the program if the birth is due during the program period.

The FLTA program promotes cross-cultural understanding in the U.S. and in the home countries of the FLTA fellows. U.S. universities benefit from the presence of a native speaker on their campuses. FLTA fellows and U.S. students have the unique opportunity to learn about each others culture and to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Malaysian citizens.
  2. Applicants must be residing in Malaysia throughout the nomination and selection process.
  3. Possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree with a good academic record; Master’s degrees are highly desirable at many institutions.
  4. Be teachers of English or training to become teachers of English; prior teaching experience is preferred.
  5. Fluency in English, demonstrated by a score of no less than 79-80 (Internet Based TOEFL) or 6.0 (Overall Score International English Language Testing System-IELTS).
  6. Clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism.
  7. Must be open to living with U.S. student peers in undergraduate or graduate level campus housing. 
  8. Must return to home country upon completion of the nine-month program. ECA will not support any extension requests for participants.

NEW: Age profile

  1. Young, energetic, early career educators.
  2. Capable of succeeding in the dual role of teaching assistant and student at an undergraduate or graduate host institution.
  3. Open to living with U.S. students in undergraduate or graduate level campus housing while also engaging with faculty and staff with maturity and professionalism.

NEW: Applicants in the related fields are eligible to apply:

Anthropology, Area Studies, Arts, Communication, Computer Sciences/Technology, Education (Rural, Teacher Training) Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, Humanities, Languages, Literature, Social Sciences, Social Work and Sociology.

  • Candidates in the related fields should have background in English language teaching.

Should have prior teaching experience and a TOEFL score of 79 IBT.

Grant Benefits

Successful candidates receive the following:

Monthly stipend, accident and sickness insurance coverage and travel allowance.
Fulbright FLTA program does not support dependents or family members.
Host institution provides tuition waivers to support the required coursework.

Application process

Candidates are required to submit application via on-line management system at https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/flta/ and hard copies to MACEE.

A complete application package includes :

i.   An online application form
ii.  Personal information form
iii. Certified true copy of academic transcripts (English version required)
iv. Three letters of reference
v.  Toefl or IELTS score
vi. Valid passport copy

Please submit 4 sets of the above applications with photos by September 5, 2017 to:


For further inquiry please contact Kalis at 03-2166 8878 ext 24 or email: kalis@macee.org.my