Fellow Program

The English Language Fellow Program is recruiting trained and experienced U.S. TESOL professionals for 10-month EFL teaching fellowships abroad. Anyone who meets the minimum eligibility requirements listed below is welcome and encouraged to apply.

If you are a former Fellow, click here for details on requirements to reapply to the program.

Minimum requirements

To apply to the program, applicants must demonstrate they have:

        1. U.S. citizenship
        2. A graduate level degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a field related to English language teaching
              • Applicants with a graduate level degree in a field unrelated to TESOL are eligible to apply if they have one of the following additional credentials:
                — a recognized TESOL certificate with at least 120 course hours plus a supervised and observed practicum (for more information about this requirement, click here)
                — a current, valid, and full state teacher credential, certification, or license with a specialization or an endorsement in ESL or the equivalent.
              • The qualifying degree must be conferred by the end of the spring 2018 semester to be eligible for projects starting August/September 2018 and by the end of the summer 2018 semester for projects starting January/February 2019.
              • If a non-U.S. institution awarded a qualifying degree, it must be evaluated by an educational credential evaluation service. Visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of evaluation companies. Most of these companies provide a variety of evaluation types, but a General evaluation will be sufficient for our application requirements. Once you obtain a General evaluation from one of the recommended evaluation companies, you should upload a copy of it directly into your application.
        3. A minimum of two years’ classroom TESOL (ESL and/or EFL) teaching experience*

*Definition of full-time academic year:

          • University and community college setting: one academic year consists of two semesters or three terms at 12 to 15 instructional hours/week
          • Adult education: one academic year consists of the equivalent of two semesters or three terms at 12 to 15 instructional hours/week
          • K-12 public/private school setting: one academic year consists of two semesters or three terms at 15 to 25 instructional hours/week

Preferred Skills and Experience

In addition to satisfying program eligibility requirements, applicants should demonstrate the following experience and qualities for project consideration:

      • Experience with classroom management, instructional technology, syllabus evaluation/design/development, materials and/or resources development
      • Personal qualities of flexibility, cultural adaptability, resourcefulness, desire and ability to live and work abroad, and motivation to be a Fellow

Candidates considered most competitive, particularly for more specialized projects, will also demonstrate some or all of the following qualities and skills:

      • Experience with training English language teachers or teacher trainers, TOEFL and/or other proficiency exams, testing and assessment, or curriculum evaluation/design/development
      • Additional knowledge of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
      • Experience with teaching/training at the university or adult education level
      • Experience living and teaching EFL abroad
      • A commitment to the field of English language teaching through membership in an English language teaching professional association, experience presenting at English language teaching conferences, and publishing materials in the field of TESOL
      • Leadership skills, excellent work ethic, and the ability to take initiative, work well with others, problem solve, and show good judgment

Special Requirements

Some projects may have additional requirements and restrictions related to a candidate’s education or employment history, medical conditions, dependents, language skills, or other areas. These factors will not preclude a candidate from consideration for the fellowship program; however, they may prevent candidates from consideration for certain projects. Candidates will have a chance to voluntarily share information about specific project or regional preferences, as well as plans to travel with dependents. We will only use information related to personal considerations to help facilitate a successful project match. 

Health Verification Form (HVF)

All selected candidates must complete a Health Verification Form (HVF) and submit it to the cooperating agency no later than 15 business days after accepting a fellowship. All fellowship offers are conditional pending medical clearance. Selected applicants whose HVFs are not cleared will be notified and their fellowship offer will be rescinded. Please click here for the revised HVF for the 2018-2019 Fellow cycle.

Please note: Current and recent employees of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development and their family members are ineligible to apply to the English Language Fellow Program. Click here for details.

If you have any questions about eligibility requirements, please contact us and our recruitment staff will be happy to speak with you.

The 2018-2019 application is closed. The 2019-2020 application will open on September 1, 2018.

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