English Language Fellow Program


Through the English Language Fellow (EL Fellow) Program, highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) participate in 10-month-long fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world.

The EL Fellow Program fosters mutual understanding, promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity abroad. Through projects sponsored by U.S. embassies, EL Fellows share their professional expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures.  EL Fellows model and demonstrate up-to-date TEFL classroom practices that help foster thoughtful and responsible behavior in students and teachers of English.

To date, more than 1,000 EL Fellows have conducted projects in more than 80 countries. Examples of past EL Fellow projects include: Classroom Teaching, Teacher Training, In-Service and Pre-Service Training, Curriculum Development, Workshop and Seminar Design, Program Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Testing, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

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Send questions or comments to fellow@elprograms.org

Program Length

10 months

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

To be eligible for the EL Fellow program you must have:

  • U.S. Citizenship 
  • Graduate level degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a field related to English language teaching 
  • Two years’ classroom TESOL (ESL and/or EFL) teaching experience

The application for the English Language Fellow Program for the 2017-2018 academic year is closed. The application for the 2018-2019 academic year will open the first week of September 2017. To apply, visit the English Language Programs website.

Email: fellow@elprograms.org

More details on applying and eligibility

Country-Specific Information

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The EL Fellow program applications period opens September 6, 2016. To apply, visit the English Language Programs website.

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