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Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program 2021-2022 For Young Nigerian Graduates

The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the Fulbright FLTA Program is designed to develop Americans' knowledge of foreign cultures and languages by supporting teaching assistantships in over 30 languages at hundreds of U.S. institutions of higher education. The program offers educators from over 50 countries the opportunity to develop their professional skills and gain first-hand knowledge of the U.S., its culture and its people.

U.S. campuses enhance their teaching of languages and expose students to a true understanding of people of different nations. Like the more than 1,800 Foreign Fulbright Fellows that enter U.S. academic programs each year, Fulbright FLTAs apply to the program through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright FLTA nominees and supervise participants during their stay in the United States.

If you are a non-U.S. college graduate or young teacher interested in applying to become a Fulbright FLTA, visit Applicants for application information.

U.S. universities, four-year colleges and community colleges interested in hosting a Fulbright FLTA can visit the Thinking of Applying for more information.

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About Fulbright Program

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sponsors the Fulbright Program under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and in cooperation with bi-national Fulbright Commissions and the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad. As the administrative and executive arm of the Fulbright Program, ECA has fiscal responsibility for the preparation of an annual budget request to Congress and makes decisions on funding allocations to participating countries. Under policies established by the FSB, ECA also... read more


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Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program


Aim and Benefits of Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

The grant covers the grantee’s round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, health insurance, and tuition scholarship for their coursework. Provisions will be made for participants to attend a Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation in the United States prior to beginning their program. During the FLTA program, fellows are also invited to participate in special Fulbright enrichment seminar and conference for professional development and networking opportunity.

Note: The grant does not cover travel of family members; hence grantees will not be allowed to travel with spouse and children or relatives to the United States even at their own expense.


Requirements for Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program Qualification

To be qualified for this program:

  1. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Nigeria, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of Nigeria. He or she must be residing in the country at the time of application
  2. Applicants must be graduates who have received their bachelor degrees in English language, Education, Linguistics, Yoruba, Hausa and Languages
  3. Applicants must be teachers of English Language or Yoruba or Hausa in Nigerian secondary schools, colleges or universities. Proven years of teaching experience are mandatory
  4. Applicants must have the endorsement of their employer
  5. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency as demonstrated by a minimum score of 90 in the Internet Based TOEFL test.
  6. Applicants must have at least a credit in Yoruba language in WAEC/NECO
  7. Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of Yoruba or Hausa culture and current events in Nigeria. They must have sincere interest in teaching Hausa or Yoruba language and culture to students in the U.S.
  8. Applicants must have leadership skills and the ability to motivate students in an emphatic manner
  9. Applicants must clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, creativity, professionalism, flexibility, and a willingness to learn
  10. Applicants must be ready to become a cultural ambassador interested in meeting people and becoming part of community events and campus activities
  11. Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home
  12. The FLTA program seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers.  Applicants that are found to have plagiarized in their application will be disqualified

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

Note: The Fulbright program is a popular program, the Public Affairs Section will ONLY NOTIFY SHOTRTLISTED


Application Deadline

June 1, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Fulbright Program on apply.iie.org to apply
  1. Applicants should log onto the website, enter an e-mail address and create a password. Please remember this password because it will be used throughout the application process.
  2. Applicants are strongly advised to read the instructions preceding the application carefully.
  3. All applicants must fill out the application forms completely and attach their supporting documents online (3 letters of references, Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing samples.)
  4. Essays should address the program goals and include future plans of teaching English language in Nigeria.

Hard copies of official academic transcripts should be forwarded to our office by regular mail.

For YORUBA Please address the envelope to the Fulbright Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

For HAUSA Please address the envelope to the Cultural Affairs Assistant, U.S. Embassy, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central Area, Abuja

Applicants with specific questions not addressed by the online application instructions may e-mail them to [email protected]

For more details, visit U.S Embassy consulate website



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