English Language Fellow Program 


Make a Mark  -- Teach English

The Number One Fellowship
for TESOL Professionals

Rewarding ten-month overseas assignments for talented U.S. TESOL educators available in all regions of the world.

A Program of the U.S. Department of State


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • MA degree with a focus in TESOL
  • Three Years' TESOL-related experience


  • Stipend
  • Living Allowance
  • International airfare
  • Health Benefit Plan
  • Supplemental Allowances (if applicable)
Northcentral Recruitment Center recruits at regional conferences

WITESOL: Madison, WI, October
St. Louis, MO, October
Louisville KY; October
MinneTESOL: Minnesota, November
Ohio TESOL: November
INTESOL: Indianapolis, IN, November
ITBE: Illinois, February

The English Language (EL) Fellow Program fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries by sending talented, highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) on ten-month fellowships to overseas academic institutions in all regions of the world. The program promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity abroad. Through U.S. embassy projects, Fellows share their expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn other cultures. Upon returning to the United States, they share their experiences and acquired knowledge with their communities and professional colleagues.

Quick Facts about the Program

  • The EL Fellow Program has placed over 900 Fellows in 80 countries since 2001.
  • Assignments are for a ten-month period (typically from September to June) following a mandatory pre-departure briefing in Washington, DC.
  • Projects are carried out with host-country universities, ministries of education, teacher training institutions, NGOs, bi-national centers, and other language teaching institution
  • Fellows serve as full-time ESL/EFL teachers and may be engaged in some teacher training, ESP instruction, curriculum/materials development, test design, assessment, evaluation, programming, summer camps, and outreach projects.
  • Senior Fellows serve primarily as teacher trainers and may be engaged in supervision, advising, ESP instruction, curriculum/materials development, test design, assessment, evaluation, programming, research, and outreach projects.
  • Each year approximately 150 Fellows will participate in projects abroad.

Fellow Benefits
Fellows receive:

  • Stipend
  • Living allowance covering the cost of reasonable, safe and comfortable housing (comparable to the standard of living in the country of assignment), food, utilities, and local transportation.
  • International round trip transportation from the Fellow’s U.S. residence to the host country.
  • Supplemental health benefit plan (not to replace any health insurance held by the Fellow).
  • Miscellaneous allowances (shipping, educational materials, program activities, and pre-departure expenses).

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Master’s degree with focus on TESL/TEFL (must be conferred by the end of the spring semester)
  • Fellows must have minimum three years professional TESL/TEFL experience; both teacher training and curriculum/material development experience are helpful.
  • Senior Fellows must have minimum four years of teacher training experience; overseas experience in TEFL is helpful.

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Application Deadline:  

For more information please contact: Brian Skelton, Recruitment Coordinator,  920-996-2832
Northcentral Recruitment Center for English Language Fellow Program


English Language Fellow Program
Georgetown University
Center for Intercultural Education and Development
Email: elf@georgetown.edu
Tel: 202-687-2608
Fax: 202-687-2555

Sponsored by:
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Office of English Language Programs

Administered by:
Georgetown University
Center for Intercultural
Education & Development

   Maintained by:

   Nancy Peters

   Last Modified:
   7/18/2013 10:21:47 AM