2021 English Access Micro-scholarship Program
The Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Vientiane is pleased to announce the 2021 English Access Microscholarship Program and to invite proposals for this program from potential educational institutions and non-governmental organizations. Applications should be submitted no later than 11:59 P.M., March 20, 2021.
The English Access Microscholarship Program is a high-profile global scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This program provides a foundation of English language skills to non-elite, 13-20-year-old students through after school English language classes, intensive sessions, and enhancement activities. The program also gives participants the opportunity to gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and values and is intended to increase students’ ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and improve their chances of participating in U.S. educational and exchange programs. Click Here for More Information
The applicant should refer to the Access Provider Guidebook Click Here to design your program in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Access Program.
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program: In 2010 the Embassy placed the first cohort of four ETAs at the National University of Laos’ Dong Dok Campus. The ETAs taught a full academic year of classes to students in the Faculty of Letters and the Faculty of Education, as well as engaging in many cultural and extra-curricular activities. In fall 2011 the second cohort of four ETAs began teaching.
The English Language Fellow (ELF) Program
The English Language Fellow (ELF) Program: Since 2009, the Embassy has supported the National University of Laos to host four English Language Fellows, who have worked with the faculty to improve the English teaching methodology and create an advanced degree program in English. The fourth ELF arrived in September 2012.
The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Professional Communication Skills for Leaders Program
The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Professional Communication Skills for Leaders Program: Under the auspices of the Lower Mekong Initiative, an effort launched in 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to bring together the lower Mekong nations of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to create shared solutions to regional problems, the Embassy in 2012 collaborated with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to create a series of six English Language Seminars for officials from all the LMI countries. Ultimately, over 125 officials received English language training through these seminars, which were taught by Rocky Peltzman, an American English Language Fellow.
U.S.-Brunei English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN
U.S.-Brunei English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN: This ambitious five-year, $25 million initiative, which is funded by the Brunei Government, reflects a commitment to help unify the diverse members of ASEAN, improve English language capacity, and advance educational and teaching opportunities in the region. On June 11, 2012, the East-West Center and the University of Brunei Darussalam, implementing partners of the governments of the United States and Brunei, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide English language education to all ten ASEAN countries. In September 2012, both countries will welcome government officials and teacher-trainers from all ASEAN nations (including 10 from Laos) to Brunei and the United States (Hawaii) for three-month English courses to enhance professional communication skills, explore current issues impacting the region, and learn the latest in information technology. As part of another component of the program, in January 2013, an American English Language Fellow will take up residence at the Lao Institute of Foreign Affairs to teach English for special purposes to Lao diplomats and senior officials
English ACCESS Micro-Scholarship Program
English ACCESS Micro-Scholarship Program: Beginning in 2011, the Embassy launched the English ACCESS program in collaboration with Vientiane College. The program funds two years of after-school, supplementary English instruction for 60 under-privileged Lao high school students between 16-18 years old. The program includes six hours of English instruction each week, as well as field trips, special events, and thematic activities related to American culture. The instructors are American teachers at Vientiane College