French Teaching Assistants Program (TAPIF)

National deadline:  January 15, 2015

Eligibility requirements:

  • Candidates must be American citizens, or foreign nationals in possession of an American Green Card. Dual French-American citizens or French permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must be between 20 and 29 years of age at the time of application.
  • Candidates must have completed at least two years of higher education by beginning of the program
  • Candidates must have completed majority of elementary, secondary and university studies in U.S.
  • Proficiency in French is required. Applicants who have lived abroad in a Francophone country or do not have a major or minor in French but have a basic proficiency (three semesters on average) may apply.

Award summary and conditions:  The French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy offer approximately 1,500 English language teaching assistantship positions in French primary and secondary schools, as well as in various French teaching colleges – otherwise known as the “Instituts universitaires de formation des maîtres” (IUFM) – in all regions of France and in the French overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and the Réunion.  This joint initiative between the Embassy of France and the French Ministry of Education aims to strengthen English language instruction in the French educational system through the establishment of a native speaker presence.

Program duration: There are four different contracts available; all begin October 1:

  • 7 months: Secondary School
  • 7 months: Elementary School
  • 9 months: Elementary School
  • 6 months: IUFM

Awards cannot be deferred to the following academic year.

American teaching assistants with a superior record of performance may apply to have their assistantships renewed for a second year.

Assistants are assigned a 12-hour teaching schedule that maybe spread across three schools.  English Teaching Assistant duties vary depending on a school’s needs and the assistant’s abilities and depending on the educational level to which he/she is assigned.  The Teaching Assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically for conversation practice. English Teaching Assistant duties may include:  serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials and giving talks related to American studies in English classes.

Applicants may request city or region to which they wish to be assigned. However, the number of teaching positions available in larger metropolitan areas, such as Lyon, Strasbourg, Nice and Montpellier is limited. Therefore applicants also should be prepared to accept teaching positions in smaller communities.

Teaching assistants receive a monthly salary from which deductions for mandatory health insurance and French social security are taken.  French Teaching Assistants do not receive any additional support for travel to France or for dependents. Personal funds are needed for the initial period of the grant.  The stipend provides enough money to live the life-style of a typical French student.

Application information:

Application available:

Faculty Representative:  Keith Raether

Selection process:

  • Because one of the major goals of this program is to give future French teachers in the United States excellent teaching experience, it can only help if you want to be one.
  • Experience of teaching or working with children is a plus.
  • Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and France is of the utmost importance.
  • French language proficiency is essential as a working knowledge of French is both required and necessary not only to facilitate classroom work but also to integrate into a new community.
  • Good letters of recommendation (from individuals who are in an appropriate position to comment upon your work ethic and other work-related qualities) always work in your favor.

Announcement date:  First week of April via email.

Contact information:
French Teaching Assistantship Program
Ms. Carolyn Collins
Educational Affairs Program Officer
French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20007