The Fulbright English Teaching Assistants Program aims to strengthen English language instruction and knowledge of the United States in Portugal, through the presence of highly motivated native speakers of English.


Grant Duration and Period

Grant Duration: 9 months.

Grant Period: October 1 to June 30.

Grantees are required to attend a mandatory on-site orientation in Lisbon, in late September, before the beginning of their grant. The Fulbright Commission will cover accommodation in Lisbon and travel to host location for grantees placed outside of Lisbon.


Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from candidates who have completed a Bachelor’s degree before the start date of the grant.

While the assistantship is open to all fields of study, preference will be given to candidates with an educational background in the Humanities and demonstrated interest in international education. Previous teaching or tutoring experience is recommended, but not mandatory.

English Teaching Assistants are expected to be self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently, in a wide variety of institutional settings all over Portugal. Although placement is at the Higher Education level, ETAs will be assigned to different types of institutions, in large and small communities, with diverse student populations, both Portuguese and international.

Candidates must have the capacity to adapt to different regional and social environments, navigate cultural differences and respond to challenges that may arise on a daily basis.


Portuguese Language Proficiency

Required – Intermediate (1-2 years college or equivalent)

Intermediate Portuguese language proficiency is necessary by the beginning date of the grant. Knowledge of Portuguese language and culture is particularly relevant to promote a deeper engagement outside the classroom, not only with the institution’s faculty, staff and students, but also with the local community.

Candidates should include the Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation forms with their online applications.


Grant Activity and Placement

Grant Activity: Grant activity is diverse and may include:

  • assist faculty in planning, preparing and teaching English language classes and tutorials, in different areas of study;
  • plan and present on topics included in study programs;
  • give talks and seminars, both in the academic and host communities, on US culture and other issues of current interest;
  • proofread and edit the English versions of official documents and media content;
  • provide educational advising to local students interested in studying in the United States;

The Fulbright ETA is also expected to collaborate with the Fulbright Commission, in outreach and educational advising activities.

Other activities and projects, that are in accordance to the grantee’s experience and interests and the host’s needs, can be discussed with his/her Mentor.

Grantees are encouraged to engage in other activities related to their personal, career and/or educational interests. This may be an independent study or research project, or other activity that does not conflict with their teaching assistantship.

Placement: English Teaching Assistants are placed by the Fulbright Commission in Higher Education Institutions, throughout Portugal, which apply to host Fulbright ETAs on a separate competition.

When possible, the Fulbright Commission will try to match the ETA to the institution according to the grantee’s academic profile and experience and the host institution’s proposed activities.

The host institution will assign a Mentor to the ETA, who will supervise and serve as primary point of contact for the grantee at the institution. Grantees are encouraged to contact the Mentor, as soon as they’re selected, for further details on their teaching assignment, logistical arrangements (such as housing and meals), and other relevant information about the host institution and town.



Candidates residing in Portugal at the time of the application, or any time thereafter, are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Portugal.

Candidates enrolled in a graduate studies program in Portugal at the time of the application or in the subsequent academic year, or candidates who hold a valid visa during that period, are not eligible.

Dual U.S.-Portuguese citizens are eligible to apply but will only be considered if they don’t have extensive experience in Portugal.



Fulbright grantees must apply for a Temporary Stay Visa at the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, D.C., or at one of the Consulates in the United States, before travelling to Portugal.

For more information about visas, consult with the Embassy of Portugal in Washington, D.C..


Award Benefits

Fulbright Award benefits are for one academic year only, i.e., the duration of the grant:

Stipend: Full maintenance allowance is of €11.250, cost-shared by the Fulbright Commission and the Host Institution:

  • The Fulbright Commission offers an allowance of €6,750 (divided into 9 monthly installments of €750).
  • The Host Institution covers the remaining €4,500, either in-kind by providing meals and accommodation to the grantee, for the entire period of stay, or by paying directly to the Fulbright Commission, that will add this amount to the grant stipend.

Information about the cost-share commitment between the Fulbright Commission and the host institution is detailed in the Fulbright Award documents (to be sent to the grantee upon selection).

Travel: Travel allowance of €850 (one-time payment intended as a contribution to international travel between the U.S.A. and Portugal, to be paid with the first monthly allowance).

Insurance: Accidents and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).

Housing and Meals: No housing or meal allowances are available from the Commission. Host institutions may offer accommodation in a residence or apartment, during the entire period of the grant, and meals in the institution’s cafeteria or restaurant.

Tuition: Host institutions are expected to provide a full tuition waiver to a course in Portuguese Language and Culture and may also offer other courses at the institution, free of charge.

Dependents: No dependents allowance is available.



Number of Grants: Three to Six Grants, depending on availability of funds.

Applications: Applications  must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Students Program website:

For more information about grants for U.S. Students in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga (