Fulbright Scholarships

Background

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright program in 1946 to foster international understanding through educational exchanges. It was named in honor of Senator J. W. Fulbright and is funded by the U.S. government. The scholarship competition is coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Scholarship

The Fulbright program funds a number of different opportunities, including exchange of scholars, travel grants, and dissertation research. However, most scholarships are for graduating seniors or recent graduates. The two primary programs are Fulbright Full Grants, for a year of study and research at a university, and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program, which selects students who wish to teach English and carry out a research or service project on the side. Both grants cover the cost of round-trip transportation, tuition (usually, but not always--see the country pages for details), living allowance, and insurance.

Who Should Apply

For full grants, students with strong academic records (above 3.5 GPA) whose project proposal is appropriate to the country proposed and can be completed in a year, and shows a strong connection to academic work done at Davidson. For English teaching assistantships, students with some teaching experience (AT, tutoring, ESL experience at the Y, writing center or speaking center, music lessons, coaching, etc.) and a possible interest in a career in teaching, international education, international development, or a similar field. U.S. Citizenship is required as is a bachelor's degree.

Campus Procedure

Work closely with the campus Fulbright program adviser beginning, at the latest, in early summer before senior year. The on-campus application deadline is the second Monday in September. Applications are ranked (and interviews held) by the Graduate Fellowships Committee in late September. The committee decides on Davidson's endorsement, which is written by the campus program adviser based on committee members' comments. The completed application with the campus endorsement is sent to the Fulbright Commission in mid-October.

Recent graduates who do not yet have another academic affiliation (with a Fulbright program adviser) should apply through Davidson.

Recommendations

Three, plus an additional language assessment if required. Full grant recommendations are letters. English teaching assistant recommendations are short-answer forms. All recommendations are submitted online. Notify recommenders early in the summer that their recommendations will be due online before Sept. 15.



For More Information

Contact Fellowships and Scholarships Director Ted Ogaldez. See the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website for details.

Recent Fulbright Scholars & Exchange Teaching Grant Recipients

2014 - Trenita Brookshire Childers '05 (Dominican Republic), Ashley Finger (Luxembourg), Josh Hengen (Malaysia), and Minh Nguyen '08 (Jamaica)

2013 - Jean DeOrnellas (South Korea), Alexandra Francis '12 (Jordan), Anja Fries (Spain), Monica Lee (Guatemala), Marja "Beth" Mundy (Finland), Maegan Newell (Germany), Kristine Sowers (Spain) and Yessenia Coto (Brazil)

2012 - Leslie Adkins (Egypt), Ashley Augsburger (Malaysia), Linda Flynn (Morocco), Anna Van Hollen (Egypt, declined)

2011 - Laura Bergner (New Zealand), Mary Gearing (Germany), Madeline Koch (Morocco), Kimberly Larkin (Belgium, declined), Pallavi Penumetcha (Botswana), Malia Wong (Sri Lanka)

2010 - Ananta Bangdiwala (Spain), Stephanie Vertongen (The Netherlands)

2009 - Utsha Khatri (Sri Lanka), Caroline McDermott (Colombia)

2008 - Rachel Heidmann (Germany), Valerie Mason (Austria), Hannah Rogers-Ganter (Germany)

2007 - Nelon Bryant Kirkland (Germany), Lee Ballard (Germany)

2006 - Heather Carmody (Germany), Ted Dawson (Austria), Laura Puckett (Mongolia), Carrie Sloan (Mexico)

2005 - Daniel Coslett (Tunisia), Leslie Thompson (Malaysia)

2004 - Rory Adams (Germany), Eileen Beardsley (Germany)

2003 - Will Humphrey (Austria)

2002 - Mary Katherine Stickel (Austria)

2001 - Michael Daly (Syria), Geoff Evans (Austria), Elizabeth Dederick (Germany), Marcus McFadden (Austria), Derek Neil Politzer (Turkey)

1998 - Jennifer A. Miller (Germany), Daniel M. Guill (Cyprus), Derrick Miller (Germany)