Call for Applications: English Language Fellow (ELF) Program

Call for Applications: English Language Fellow (ELF) Program


The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest is accepting applications from Hungarian universities to host English Language Fellows (ELF) in the 2024-2025 academic year.

All costs related to the ELF program are covered by the U.S. Department of State, including salaries, housing, and travel. Host institutions are only asked to provide logistical support, like finding an apartment or assisting the ELF in obtaining the residence permit.  Universities that fulfill all requirements listed below on the application form are welcome to apply.

English Language Fellows are TEFL/TESL M.A. graduates who use cutting-edge methodologies to teach communicative English language skills. They serve as full-time English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructors and may teach up to 20 classroom hours a week.

Typical Fellow projects include teaching EFL, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), or American Studies. In addition, Fellows may participate in or organize related activities such as developing materials and lesson plans, conducting workshops and seminars for teachers, or English language conversation/discussion clubs for students. Fellows may also participate in different outreach activities organized by the host institution.

Fellows are assigned for up to 10 months, beginning in September 2024.

For more information about this program, please visit our website or read more about the program.

Application deadline: October 1, 2023

The Host Institution should demonstrate the ability to provide adequate professional, logistical, and cost-sharing support to the ELF project:

  • Dedicate a staff person to act as mentor to the Fellow.
  • Help the Fellow to obtain a local residence permit.
  • Assist with professional and work-related issues throughout the year.
  •  Identify appropriate housing and familiarize the Fellow with the city and region.
  •  Provide office space, equipment, and internet access.
  •  Work closely with U.S. Embassy Budapest to ensure the success of the Fellow program, to include providing regular reports.


To apply for the program, the department head requesting an ELF must submit an ELF Request Form.
Download the ELF Request Form: .DOCX 30KB or PDF 116KB

The department head requesting an ELF should email the completed ELF Request Form to the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section at: and

Application deadline: October 1, 2023