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Fulbright Irish FLTA Awards

What Are They?

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) Awards are non-degree grants for Irish citizens, or E.U. citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years, with fluent Irish, to teach Irish and enrol on courses at a college in the United States over a ten-month period. The FLTA Awards are sponsored by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and the National Lottery.

FLTA Awards comprise:

  • A monetary award to support travel, living and related expenses in the U.S.
  • Tuition and fees for four courses in the U.S.
  • Accident and emergency insurance
  • J-1 visa administration
  • Cultural / orientation programming. FLTAs are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Ireland and a U.S.-based orientation during the summer of 2017 before arriving at their host institutions. FLTAs are also required to attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States
  • a requirement to submit reports
  • and J-1 visa administration. Awardees MUST comply with THE TWO-YEAR HOME-COUNTRY RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT associated with the J-1 visa. Awardees will not be eligible for a U.S. residency or work visa until they have fulfilled the J-1 visa two-year home residency requirement.

Watch our webinar on 2017-2018 Fulbright Irish Awards.

How To Apply?

All applicants apply directly to the Fulbright Commission. If successful, FLTAs are placed at a university in the US. Potential awardees must be willing to accept the placement that is offered as there will not be a second offer.

Fulbright FLTA applicants must:

  • have a postgraduate degree or diploma with a minimum 2.1 (consideration will be given to those with a 2.2 in their primary degree if they have achieved excellence in a postgraduate degree; consideration will also be given to those with just a primary degree but excellent teaching experience)
  • be an Irish citizen, or E.U. citizen living in the Republic of Ireland for the past three years
  • not be a dual U.S.-Irish citizen, green card holder, or currently living in the U.S.
  • not already have extensive experience of studying or living in the U.S.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate academic and personal excellence, fluency in the Irish language, an ability to teach the Irish language, strong leadership skills or potential, an understanding and commitment to the ethos of being a Fulbrighter.

If you meet the above criteria, please email to indicate your interest in applying as soon as the application period opens.

In your email please state your:

  • Full name as it appears on your passport
  • Educational qualifications
  • Teaching experience
  • Home institution

We will then issue you the link to the online application system (known as Embark) and the guidelines. Please note that you will not receive the guidelines until the Award period opens.

What is the Deadline?

The Application Period for 2017-2018 Awards will open on 31st August 2016 with a deadline of 28th October 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications earlier than the deadline so they can be checked for completeness and any issues rectified before the deadline.

If all required materials are not in by the deadline your application will be disqualified.