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Fulbright program to provide Bangladeshis opportunity to teach Bangla in US

The program provides an opportunity for Bangladeshi early career teachers of English and related fields to refine their skills, increase their English language proficiency, and enhance their knowledge of the United States

Update : 07 Aug 2022, 09:32 PM

The United States Embassy in Dhaka announced a call for applications for the 2023-2024 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, according to a press release issued on Sunday.

The Fulbright Program is the US government’s flagship international educational exchange program aimed at fostering mutual understanding between the United States and other countries around the world.  

The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the US Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). 

The Fulbright FLTA program provides scholarships for highly-motivated early career Bangladeshi educational professionals working in English language and other related fields (eg American studies, Journalism and Media, American/English Literature, and Bangla language instructors) to teach Bangla at US college or university.

The nine-month non-degree program provides Bangladeshi academics and professional with an excellent professional development opportunity to refine their skills, increase their English language proficiency, and enhance their knowledge of the United States.   

Fulbright FLTA fellows typically teach Bangla language classes to American and international students from around the world.  

Fellows and their students will have a unique opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and societies.  

Fulbright FLTA participants may assist in up to twenty hours of language classes a week and are required to enrol in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in US Studies. Coursework is offered on either an audit or credit basis.  

Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs, discussion groups, and language tables and interact with their host community through conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.  

Since 2006, nearly 50 Bangladeshi academics have participated in this flagship educational exchange. 

To be eligible, interested candidates must be a teacher of English or related fields with no more than seven years of teaching experience at the university level.

They must have at least a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited public or private university in Bangladesh.

They should be fluent in English and have a valid minimum TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5.

Applicants must be a Bangladeshi citizen residing in Bangladesh at the time of application.

They have to submit a complete online application according to the program guidelines.  

Applicants must demonstrate dependability, integrity, and professionalism.  

Material misrepresentation like plagiarism at any time during the application or grant period is grounds for selection withdrawal or grant termination, as well as ineligibility for future participation. 

Applicants must reside in their home countries throughout the nomination and selection process. Family members are not permitted to accompany participants during the program. 

Interested applicants need to have completed online application, academic transcripts and certificates from each post-secondary institution attended (bachelor’s and master’s), three recommendation letters submitted and uploaded by the referees onto the online application portal (prospective candidates must register their referees through the “Recommender Registration” button on the online application site), academic records information form (available on the online application site), and valid TOEFL/IELTS score if available.

Applications are due on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11:59pm (Washington DC time).

For submitting online application, please visit https://apply.iie.org/flta2023.

For detailed application instructions, please visit: https://bd.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/70/FLTA-2023-2024-Online-Application-Instructions.pdf 

For further information, please contact Cultural Affairs Specialist, Ms. Raihana Sultana at [email protected].

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