FOREIGN LANGAUGE TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM -APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
The U.S. Embassy Kabul is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program for English instructors in Afghanistan to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the United States while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at U.S. universities. All grantees receive tuition, stipend, supplemental health and accident benefits, book and supplies allowance, travel support and the opportunity to attend Fulbright enrichment activities. The U.S. Government is committed to a clear and transparent selection process to identify the country’s most promising candidates. Please read the below guidance thoroughly.
**READ THE CHECKLIST CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING APPLICATION***
Follow the instructions carefully and answer all questions completely.
Each part of the application form must be completed in English. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Use the tab key to move from field to field; Do not exceed the space provided in text boxes.
Must be Afghan citizens, currently residing in Afghanistan.
Dual citizens or permanent residents of other countries are not eligible.
Applicants with a pending immigrant visa application, including SIV, are not eligible.
All Fulbright programs in Afghanistan provide support for the recipient ONLY. Dependents, including spouses (Maharam), cannot accompany the recipient.
Work Experience Requirement
Applicants must have at least one year of full-time professional teaching experience at a high school, university or other official institutions;
Proof of at least one (1) year relevant work experience must be included in the curriculum vitae
Applicant must enter his/her personal information accurately as it appears (or will appear) on his/her passport.
English Language Requirement
A TOEFL iBT® score of 75 is a prerequisite when applying for the Fulbright FLTA Program.
The candidate must have a valid TOEFL iBT score and include a screenshot of their highest score in the application package.
All nominated candidates who pass the interview process may be required to retake the TOEFL iBT. Those candidates who receive the highest scores in the TOEFL iBT will be selected as finalists.
Personal Statement and Professional Objective Statement
A narrative Personal Statement describing how you have achieved your current goals and a clearly articulated Professional Objective Statement are important components of your Application Form (Pages 7 and 8 of the Application).
Highlight your strengths and address any inconsistencies or perceived weaknesses.
Personal Development Plan
A Personal Development Plan is the most important part of the Application Form (Pages 9-10 of the Application) and each question must be answered in detail.
An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume is required and is part of the application package.
Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic institutions and work supervisors are required.
Letters of recommendation must NOT be written by applicant’s relatives or friends.
All recommendation letters must be scanned and included in the application package.
Attested Diploma(s) and Transcripts Requirement
Applicants must have a minimum of a four-year bachelor’s degree along with transcripts of 8 full semesters;
All documents (diplomas and transcripts) must be attested by the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
Translation of documents
All documents, including diploma, transcripts, and recommendation letters, must be translated by an official translation company.
A sample of English writing is not a prerequisite, but the applicants may attach a short research paper, published article, paper. Standardized tests, such as GRE and GMAT are not required.
(Check when completed)
A complete application should include the following components
Completed Application Form Copy of attested Diploma and Transcripts Screenshot of TOEFL
Copy of three recommendation letters Updated CV Signed Application Instruction page
Applicants must print out this Checklist form, sign, scan and convert, with the completed Application Form and the rest of the Supplemental Materials, into one single PDF file. The PDF file name should include your full name and field of study.
The complete PDF file must be submitted via email to KabulPDExchanges@state.gov before the deadline (11:59pm Kabul time June 1, 2015). The subject line of your email must also include your full name and FLTA
The FLTA Program seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers. The following application includes several opportunities to express your own thoughts, ideas, and opinions in essay responses. Plagiarism in any of your answers to these questions will result in your disqualification from participating in the FLTA program.
Plagiarism will be understood to include any of the following:
Presenting wording, statistics or concepts as your own which should be attributed to someone else or to publications (online or offline). This includes, but is not limited to:
Copying the exact wording of a written source
Presenting material with alterations in wording
Paraphrasing the content of a source without citation
It is expected that your responses to essay questions in the following application will be your own work, and that use of outside sources will be kept to a minimum. Applicants do not have to use secondary sources for essays. However, any sources used in the construction of your responses must be cited.
By checking the box below, you are indicating that you understand both what actions constitute plagiarism in this application, and the consequences resulting from any plagiarism found in your submission.
I have reviewed and understand the above information on the importance of presenting my own original work in the Fulbright FLTA program application. I agree to properly cite any outside sources from which I take words or ideas in the composition of my essay responses. I understand the consequences of plagiarism in my FLTA application.
Three letters of recommendation from academic institutions and work supervisors are required. Letters of recommendation must NOT be written by applicant’s relatives or friends. All recommendation letters must be scanned and included in the application package. Please list the names of persons from whom you have requested three recommendation letters.
PHONE AND E-MAIL ADDRESS
HOW DID YOU LEARN OF THE FLTA PROGRAM? (Please indicate all that apply.) Friend or relative
Previous FLTA participants
Internet Link (Specify) University (Specify) Newspaper (Specify) Other Publication (Specify) Other (Specify)
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE
THE FOREIGN LANGAUGE TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM - 2016-2017
(Please read instructions carefully. All sections should be completed in English and be typewritten.)
1. PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Gender: Male Female
Date of Birth*: (Month-Day-Year) : *This should match the date listed on your passport
Country of Birth:
National Identification Number/Tazkira:
DO YOU NOW HAVE, OR HAVE YOU EVER HELD: U.S. CITIZENSHIP? Yes No
DUAL CITIZENSHIP? Yes No
U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENCY? Yes No
2. PERMANENT MAILING ADDRESS:
3. EMERGENCY CONTACT IN AFGHANISTAN:
NAME, ADDRESS, EMAIL AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS TO BE NOTIFIED IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:
Relation to you:
4. INFORMATION FAMILY/CONNECTIONS IN UNITED STATES:
Please provide Name, Address, E-mail and Telephone number of individual contacts, relatives, or family members in the United States, if any
5. TEACHING EXPERIENCE:(Including any teaching positions you have held or currently hold.)
6. ACADEMIC INTERESTS:
The FLTA Program is a non-degree program which offers coursework for enrichment purposes. Select 2-3 areas of academic study that you feel would contribute to your development as a language professional. Please note: the subjects you indicate are not guaranteed should you be selected for the FLTA Program. Topics you select give you an opportunity to express your academic interests.
1. Lang Teaching: Teaching English As Foreign Lang
13. LIST SCHOLARSHIPS OR FELLOWSHIPS HELD AT PRESENT OR IN THE PAST(Give source or sponsor, amount, where held, and duration.)
14. INDICATE ANY ACADEMIC HONORS OR PRIZES WHICH YOU HAVE RECEIVED, WITH TITLES AND DATES
15. LIST ANY BOOKS, ARTICLES OR THESES PUBLISHED BY YOU, ESPECIALLY IN YOUR PROPOSED FIELD OF STUDY(Give title, place and date of publication)
16. LIST PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, FRATERNITIES OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN WHICH YOU NOW HOLD MEMBERSHIP OR IN WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN ACTIVE IN THE PAST(Indicate if you have held an elective office.)
17. Research:(Including any research you have completed or in which you are currently involved.)
19. KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGES:(Rate yourself Excellent, Good or Fair Include all languages in which you have some competence.)
20. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU STUDIED ENGLISH?
21. TOEFL IBT RESULTS (examination date and test score)
22.Please indicate countries outside your own, including the United States, in which you have lived, traveled, or studied. Please list dates (months/years) and reasons for each visit.
Reason for visit
Dates of visit
From (mo/yr) To ((mo/yr)
23. PLEASE DESCRIBE ANY PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT YOU MAY HAVE. (This information is gathered for statistical purposes and to ensure appropriate placement. The Fulbright Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and/or physical impairment.)
24. OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS: Indicate if you are planning to apply for a fellowship, scholarship, assistantship or other educational grant or loan from another organization, government or educational institution. (This information will not prejudice your application.)
B. Will your salary be continued during your stay in the U.S.?
If yes what percentage?
C. List the relationships and ages of any persons who will require financial assistance from you during your academic year in the U.S.:
26. PERSONAL STATEMENT
Write about your education, practical experience, special interests, career plans, and your purpose in applying. Respond to the following questions:
What do you hope to learn about American society and culture?
Which aspects of your own culture, history, etc. do you wish to share with American faculty and others in the community where you will be living?
What is your vision of university level education?
How have you begun to work toward this vision?
How do you plan to work toward this vision in the future?
How will participation in the program benefit not only you, but also others (students, department, and administrators) at your home institution?
NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this page.
27. PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE STATEMENT
Describe your professional objectives over the next five years and how you hope this program will help you achieve those objectives. Explain how you plan to implement what you learn through participation in the program upon your return to your home country. Indicate the elements of faculty development and/or academic capacity building on which you hope to concentrate during your grant (for example, curriculum development, assessment, educational leadership, educational administration, academic governance, use of technology in the classroom, new methods/research tools in your field, etc.), Explain why.
NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this page.
APPLICANT’S PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
28. Please describe your major area of interest and explain how this area addresses the specific development needs of your country.
29. Describe how the knowledge and skills you will gain will help you address your country’s development needs.
30. Please describe how you have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service (i.e. community, civic involvement or professional responsibilities, etc.)
31. Please state your professional goals for the next five years. How will the FLTA Program help you reach these goals?
32. FUTURE PLANS:(Describe the career you plan to pursue after completion of study or research in the U.S. (e.g., teaching, government, business, industry or any plans you might have for continued study or research in your home country). Also indicate if you will be returning to former employment or if you have been promised a position in your home country after completing your U.S. training).
33. TEACHING THE LANGUAGE OF NOMINATION: You may be asked to teach your own class. If so, what teaching methodologies and techniques would you utilize to teach your language to U.S. students? This brief essay should focus on the language you will be teaching in the U.S. (not English). Mention any innovative approaches you have utilized as a teacher or encountered as a learner that you may employ.
34. SHARING YOUR CULTURE: As a Fulbright FLTA you will act as a cultural ambassador of your country. What do you think it means to be a cultural ambassador? Elaborate on your answer by selecting one of these scenarios and explaining how you would share your culture. 1) A guest lecture at your host institution 2) An international festival 3) Volunteering at a local youth center. Please do not insert your actual CV or resume in this section.
35. Describe a problem or challenging situation that you have resolved by using your initiative. What was the outcome? Please select this example carefully. It should illustrate something that you want the review panel to know about your problem-solving, leadership abilities, or commitment to public service.