National deadline:  Jan. 15, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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.
  • 20-29 years of age at the time of application.
  • at least two years of higher education by the beginning of the program.
  • majority of elementary, secondary and university studies completed in U.S.
  • proficiency in French. Applicants who have lived abroad in a Francophone country or who have a basic proficiency (three semesters on average) but not a major or minor in French  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 assistantships 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 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: Four different contracts available; all begin October 1. Awards cannot be deferred to the following academic year. Teaching assistants with a superior record of performance may apply to have their assistantship renewed for a second year.

  • 7 months: secondary school
  • 7 months: elementary school
  • 9 months: elementary school
  • 6 months: IUFM

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. Teaching Assistants do not receive additional support for travel to France or for dependents. Personal funds are necessary for the initial period of the grant. The stipend provides enough money to live in the manner of a typical French student.

Application available:
Selection criteria:

  • teaching experience and/or experience working with children.
  • skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and France.
  • French language proficiency.
  • strong letters of recommendation (from individuals who are in an appropriate position to comment upon your work ethic and other work-related qualities).
  • desire to be a French teacher in the future.

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