Thursday, March 26, 2015
Call for Tanzanians to apply for Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant
The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam is seeking qualified candidates for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. Online applications are now available starting March 25, 2015. Deadline for submitting applications will be no later than May 1, 2015.
Only successful candidates will be called for interviews scheduled for mid-May, 2015.
The Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State. Teaching Assistants are vetted through the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The program aims to strengthen U.S. foreign language instruction and promote mutual understanding by establishing a foreign language native speaker expertise on U.S. campuses. The program enables the teaching assistants to complete their home country pre-service training by engaging in non-degree studies at accredited post-secondary U.S. educational institutions while teaching one or two language courses. Additionally they serve as resource persons in conversation groups, cultural representatives, attendants in language laboratories, coordinators of extracurricular activities or supervisors of clubs and language houses. Selected teaching assistants will enjoy Fulbright status in the United Status. They are expected to teach their language/culture for up to 20 hours per week while taking two courses per semester. All FLTA's receive room and board, a monthly stipend, and tuition waiver for the required coursework, in addition to Fulbright immigration services. The Fulbright grant is for one academic year and is non-renewable.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of Department of State, USA, would like to place several language teaching assistants at universities and colleges in the US as part of a strategic language initiative.
Kiswahili is one of the targeted languages.
These teaching assistants would be Fulbright Scholars and are expected to teach their language/culture for up to 20 hours per week while taking two courses per semester. The grant is for one academic year and is non-renewable. The program is designed to have native language and cultural informants who are close in age to undergraduate students in the USA. Normally, FLTAs would teach:
Each institution assigns duties that will best meet the needs of their school's unique circumstances.
Fulbright will pay for travel, health insurance and monthly maintenance of the selected candidates. Institutions where the FLTAs are placed provide tuition scholarships for the required coursework. The selection process for Tanzania is facilitated through the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam.
Applicants must be teachers of English or in training to become teachers of English, and at minimum must possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree by June 1, 2016 to allow time to submit an official transcript prior to the start of the Fulbright FLTA Program and who are willing to travel without their dependants for one academic year.
This is an excellent opportunity for young teachers in Tanzania. To apply, please refer to the requirements listed here, and if you qualify, apply through online application process. Three reference letters should be filled out by teachers or other professionals you have worked with, and submitted directly to the address below. Signature page should be submitted together with relevant certificates and transcripts to:
Fulbright Program Coordinator,
Fulbright FLTA program,
Office of Public Affairs,
686 Old Bagamoyo Rd. - Msasani,
Box 9123, Dar es Salaam.
Voice: 255 22 229 4813
Fax: 255 22 229 4722
Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. Also, only nominated candidates will be required to sit for the TOEFL exam and submit a medical report.