Opportunities for Teaching in the U.S. and abroad

Domestic Programs

Breakthrough Collaborative

  • Offers 700 high school and college students the opportunity to teach for 8-weeks in a middle school classroom
  • Breakthrough is an unpaid internship; some grants for financial need are available
  • Teachers receive significant training and work with a mentor teacher at 33 locations across the country and in Hong Kong
  • Usual deadline: late February
  • Available to: High school students through college seniors; U.S. citizens and international students are eligible to apply
  • More information at www.breakthroughcollaborative.org

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

  • Provides funds toward tuition plus a stipend for up to three years
  • Intended for students who are enrolling in a research-based Ph.D. program in one of certain specified fields and are members of certain racial and ethnic minorities
  • Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated superior scholarship and show great promise for future achievement as scholars, researchers, and teachers in institutions of higher education
  • Usual deadline: mid-November
  • Available to: U.S. citizens or nationals
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Knowles Science Teaching Foundation:  Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellows

  • Provides nearly $175,000 worth of assistance for those interested in teaching math and science at the high school level
  • Support includes tuition assistance while participating in a teacher credential program, monthly stipends, and grants for professional development and teaching materials
  • Usual deadline: January
  • Available to: future teachers with or without certification with strong content knowledge in science or math
  • More information at kstf.org/fellowships/

James Madison Graduate Fellowship

  • Provides up to $12,000 toward tuition and expenses for 1 or 2 years of graduate study in accredited universities
  • Intended to support future secondary school teachers for one or two years who are working on a Master’s Degree in American History or Political
  • Science (Government), or a M.A.T. concentrating in History or Political Science
  • Applicants must have an interest in the Constitution and intend to teach after receiving the Master’s degree
  • Usual Deadline: early March
  • Available to: U.S. citizens pursuing a qualifying master’s degree who are committed to teaching American history, government or social studies in grades 7-11
  • More information at www.jamesmadison.com

Mississippi Teacher Corps

  • Selects college graduates to teach in high-poverty schools in Mississippi in exchange for training, certification, full pay, benefits, and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Mississippi
  • This 2-year, state-funded program is modeled after the Peace Corps
  • No previous education course work is required or expected
  • Usual deadline: opens August 1, closes March 15 (rolling admission)
  • Available to: Students who will hold a BA by May 2013 and who have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • More information at mtc.olemiss.edu

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

  • Provides funding ($30,000) for a master’s degree at a partner school in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) teaching field
  • Recruits recent STEM graduates who wish to teach in their field, provides access to training that leads to certification/master’s degree, and places the new teachers in high-need secondary schools
  • Currently, teachers will be placed in Indiana, Michigan or Ohio, but students from all states are welcome to apply
  • Usual deadline: October (early decision) or January (final decision)
  • Available to: U.S. citizens and permanent residents who majored in or have a strong professional background in a STEM field; 3.0 GPA (or higher) preferred
  • More information

International Programs


  • Places native English speakers in Japanese schools to teach English for one year (or more)
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in teaching English, Japan, and business
  • Usual deadline: hiring occurs throughout the year at recruiting locations
  • Available to graduating seniors and alumni; EFL teaching experience helpful but not mandatory
  • More information at aeonet.com

Austrian Teaching Assistantship Program

  • Offers approximately 140 U.S. teaching assistant positions each year for a one-year, renewable position (October 1-May 31)
  • Teaching Assistants work approximately 13 hours/week in Austrian secondary schools (placement is chosen by the Ministry of Education and is not negotiable)
  • Applicants must have a working knowledge of German
  • Usual deadline: mid-January
  • Available to: U.S. citizens under the age of 29 who hold (or will hold) a BA
  • More information at www.usta-austria.at/

English Program in Korea (EPIK)

  • Places native English speakers in Korea to assistant teach in elementary, secondary, or high school classes
  • Usual deadline: multiple times throughout the year for fall and spring terms
  • Available to: graduating seniors and alumni (up to age 62); those who have completed 2 years of undergraduate study may apply for the sister program, TaLK

Footprints Recruiting/Georgian Ministry of Education

  • Places hundreds of native English speakers in schools across Georgia to teach English
  • Program can involve a home stay; airfare and small stipend included
  • Short- and long-term teaching contracts available
  • Usual deadline: multiple times throughout the year
  • Available to: graduating seniors or alumni

Fulbright U.S. Student Program***

  • Opportunities for graduate study, advanced research or teaching abroad
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of State to promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Students’ overall record important; some areas of the world may be targeted; often language skills or a specific project are necessary
  • Usual deadline: late October
  • Available to: U.S. citizen who will hold a BA before the start of the grant; Fulbright grants are offered through other countries, so international students may be able to apply via their country of permanent residence
  • More information at us.fulbrightonline.org

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

  • Places thousands of native English speakers in Japanese classrooms to teach English for 1 year
  • Usual deadline: November
  • Available to: graduating seniors and alumni; teaching experience preferred but not required
  • More information at www.jetprogramme.org

North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

  • Places over 2000 applicants across Spain to support English or French teachers for one year, October 1-May 31 (placements are chosen by the program and are non-negotiable)
  • Teaching Assistants are placed in elementary or secondary schools and receive a stipend and benefits
  • Applicants must be native or bilingual English or French speakers
  • Usual deadline: November to March (open)
  • Available to: U.S. and Canadian citizens; applicants may be college juniors, seniors, or graduates
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Princeton in Africa

  • Places Fellows across Africa to live and work (placements have been made in 34 different countries since 1999)
  • Placements are made in many fields, including humanitarian aid, public health, education, conservation, post-conflict resolution, and social entrepreneurship
  • Usual deadline: November
  • Available to: graduating seniors and recent alumni of any school
  • More information at www.princetoninafrica.org

Princeton in Asia

  • Places Fellows across Asia to live and work (current countries include Burma, Cambodia, China/Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam)
  • Many teaching opportunities available
  • Usual deadline: November
  • Available to: graduating seniors and recent alumni of any school
  • More information at piaweb.princeton.edu

Teach ESL Korea

  • Places native English speakers throughout Korea to teach conversational English
  • Usual deadline: multiple times throughout the year
  • Available to: graduating seniors and alumni
  • More information at www.teacheslkorea.com

Teaching Assistant Program in France

  • Places 1500 Americans in public schools across France, French Guinea, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion to serve as English Teaching Assistants
  • Applicants may enter placement preferences, but placement in an area of choice is not guaranteed
  • Assistants work approximately 12 hours per week, October-April, in elementary or secondary schools and receive a stipend
  • Usual deadline: mid-January
  • Available to:  American citizens and permanent residents who are between 21-30, have completed at least 2 years of college, and who are proficient in French
  • More information