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Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Shenoor Shan (first row, fourth from left) with Fulbright fellows from other countries
during the orientation program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
B. Fulbright Foreign Language
Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program
The Fulbright FLTA Program, an integral part of
the Fulbright Student Program, funded by the
U.S. Department of State, is a nine-month, nondegree program for early career English teachers
teaching at college level or professionals in
related fields. The program invites applications
from early career English teachers teaching at
college level or training to become a teacher of
English, or a young professional in related fields
(e.g., American Studies, American/English
Literature, etc.). Selected FLTAs from India will
teach Bengali, Hindi, or Urdu at select U.S.
campuses during their nine-month grant
beginning August/September 2022.
Fulbright FLTA participants have the opportunity
to refine their teaching skills, increase their
English language proficiency and extend their
knowledge of the society and culture of the
United States, while being teaching assistants for
their native language to U.S. students and
strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S.
colleges and universities. The participants also
interact with their host communities in
conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and
community outreach projects. India is one of the
countries participating in the 2022 competition.
The FLTA program promotes cross-cultural
understanding in the U.S. and in the home
countries of the FLTA fellows. U.S. universities
benefit from the presence of a native speaker on
During my Fulbright year in Washington, D.C., I taught and studied at the prestigious
Johns Hopkins University. My apartment was 15 minutes from the White House. I
attended numerous conferences, met senior diplomats and travelled widely across the
country. The leadership skills that I gained in the U.S. will enable me to make
meaningful contributions to society.
– Gaurav Laha, 2018 FLTA fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD