Fellow Program

English Language Fellows serve a valuable role in U.S. Embassy programs and in achieving U.S. Department of State diplomatic goals. Because of the important part they play, all Fellows receive a generous and comprehensive benefits package which includes:


A stipend of $30,000 is deposited directly into the Fellow’s U.S. bank account.

Living allowance

The living allowance, which varies from country to country, is designed to cover the cost of reasonable, safe, and comfortable housing (comparable to the standard of living in the country of assignment), food, utilities, and local transportation to and from work for one person.

Round-trip travel

Provision for one round trip economy class ticket to Washington, D.C., for mandatory pre-departure orientation, and two one-way economy class tickets to and from fellowship host city.

Health benefit plan

Fellows receive a supplementary health benefit plan (Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges/ASPE) for the duration of the fellowship. To read more about this plan, please click here.

Program activities allowance

Funds are available to purchase educational materials that supplement and enhance Fellows’ English language activities in the host country.

Shipping allowance

Fellows receive a $700 shipping allowance to cover shipping costs to and from assignment (this includes paying for baggage carts, any overweight accompanying luggage, as well as the costs of shipping any unaccompanied belongings).

Pre-departure allowance

Fellows receive a $700 pre-departure allowance to cover pre-departure costs including visas, medical examinations, required immunizations, and other expenses incurred prior to departure, including transportation to the airport.

Pre-departure orientation travel costs

Fellows receive a $400 allowance to cover local ground transportation, airline baggage fees, and per diem related to the pre-departure orientation held during the summer in August in Washington, D.C.

Dependent allowance

Fellows are eligible to receive an additional $500 monthly allowance designed to assist with the expenses of accompanying dependents. A dependent is defined as a spouse, domestic partner, or relative (child, parent, or sibling) who is financially dependent on the Fellow and will spend a minimum of five continuous months with the Fellow in the country of assignment. For more information about bringing a dependent, please click here.

For information regarding potential tax liability during a Fellowship, refer to the Fellow Handbook, Section 12: Taxes.

The 2018-2019 application is now open. Application instructions are available here.

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