Call for Applications: Fulbright German Language Teaching Assistantships 2012

bridges vol. 31, October 2011 / Noteworthy Information

"… the promotion of mutual understanding between the peoples of Austria and the United States of America …"

The Fulbright German Language Teaching Assistantship program is for Austrian teachers, students, and recent graduates who would like to spend one year at an American university as a foreign language assistant.

This program offers the opportunity for Fulbright recipients to acquire experience teaching German as a foreign language in the United States as well as the possibility of attending lectures at the host institution. Scholars pursuing their master’s and doctoral studies can use the facilities of the host university for their own research projects and studies.

Application Requirements

  • Austrian citizenship
  • Age: between 21 and 29 years (at the time of submission)
  • A degree from a university, technical college (bachelor’s or master’s degree) or College of Education
  • Preferably a degree in German studies, British studies, American studies, foreign language, linguistics, or translation and interpreting
  • Good English skills
  • Candidates who have already received a Fulbright scholarship are excluded from submitting a new application
  • Teaching experience is an advantage but not required
  • Completion of the TOEFL or other standardized language test (IELTS) is not required at the time of application. However, successful candidates must pass the TOEFL by mid-January 2012, at the latest.

Job Description:

  • Working time of approximately 20 hours per week
  • Support of German lessons, or independent lesson hours
  • Language lab, conversation, tutoring
  • Part-time responsibility for students in German Houses at the host institution
  • Organization of cultural events
  • Enrollment in two courses at the host institution is allowed.

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick – all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} The host institutions vary from year to year. In most cases, the assistants are placed in more rural areas. In recent years, the following universities have regularly received Austrian foreign language assistants:

Pay and fringe benefits:

  • Ongoing support and administrative support
  • Payment is made by the American college and in most cases includes room and board, tuition exemption for at least two courses per semester, plus an additional allowance that covers standard student living expenses.
  • Travel grant of €800
  • Scholarship-related health and accident insurance
  • Participation in "gateway" or "enrichment seminars" in the course of the stay.
  • Visa Sponsorship: exchange visa (J-1) 
Because of US immigration laws, the J-1 visa requires the scholar to return to Austria for at least two years after finishing their studies before an application is possible for a US residence or work permit. Nevertheless, return with a tourist or student visa is permitted at any time.

Application Procedure:

Applications will be accepted starting October 15, 2011.

Application deadline: Applications for the academic year 2012–2013 must be postmarked by November 15, 2011.

The most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview to be held in Vienna in mid-December 2011.

For application instructions and the online application, please see:

For further information, please contact Alexandra Enzi. Tel (01) 236 7878 14 {/access}