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, articulate, fluent English speakers.


Over the last decades, Portugal has seen remarkable progress in learning, science and innovation, reflected in the quality of education offered at Portuguese universities. Internationalization and academic mobility are one of the priorities for Portuguese higher education institutions, which are increasingly attractive to a growing number of international students, scholars and researchers.

To learn more about Portuguese Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers, visit Study & Research in Portugal.

The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America and Portugal – Fulbright Commission Portugal strives to be a collaborative and innovative organization and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We seek to ensure that all our grants, programs and activities reflect the diversity of U.S. and Portuguese societies and are open to people regardless of their ethnicity, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We work every day to build a culture of inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and understanding of the many differences that enrich the Fulbright Program.


Grant Duration and Period

Grant Duration: 9 months.

Grant Period: October 1 to June 30.

Grant starting date is October 1 but grantees are expected to travel to Portugal to attend a mandatory on-site orientation in Lisbon, in late September. The Fulbright Commission will cover accommodation in Lisbon for grantees placed outside of Lisbon.

A grantee can extend their stay in Portugal after the grant is complete but must secure a visa and insurance for any additional period of time. Fulbright sponsorship is for 9 months only, no funds or other grant benefits can be extended or transferred to the following academic year.


Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from well-qualified candidates, who have completed a Bachelor’s degree before the start 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.

The Commission seeks mature, responsible, independent, open-minded and 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 adjust to academic, cultural and social settings different from those of their home country, 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:

  • assisting faculty in planning, preparing and teaching English language classes and tutorials;
  • planning and presenting on topics included in study programs;
  • giving talks and seminars, both in the academic and host communities, on U.S. culture and other topics of current interest;
  • proofreading and editing English versions of official documents and media content;
  • providing informal educational advising to local students interested in studying in the United States;


Supplementary Project: Recommended

Because teaching activity should not surpass 16 hours per week, 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, taking classes at the university, conducting research on topics related to Portuguese language and/or culture, engaging in volunteer activities, or other projects of their interest that do not conflict with their teaching engagement at the host institution.

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

Grantees should plan to spend up to 16 hours per week on their supplementary project.


Placement: The Fulbright Commission places English Teaching Assistants in Higher Education Institutions, which apply to host Fulbright ETAs on a separate competition. Geographic diversity is a deciding factor in the placement so there is no guarantee that an ETA will be placed in Lisbon.

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.

ETAs are encouraged to contact their Mentors, 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 local community.



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.


Grant Benefits

Benefits during the entire period of the grant include:

Base 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 Allowance: €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).

In-Country Travel Supplement: €250 (one-time payment, intended as a contribution to travel in Portugal to participate in events organized by the Commission, 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 at 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.



Fulbright U.S. 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 additional information about National Visas or the Portuguese Republic Consular Network in the U.S.A, visit the Diplomatic Portal.



Number of Grants: Up 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, US Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal,