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Fulbright Competition Offers Opportunities to Study & Conduct Research Around the World

May 18, 2006

East College Tight.jpgMay 18, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Opportunities for DePauw University students and alumni to pursue international graduate study and research grants are once again available through 2007-08 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition. The Institute of International Education (IIE), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, administers the Fulbright competition, which has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research and teach in other nations for 60 years. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

Four members of the DePauw community -- three students and one alumna -- received Fulbright Awards for the 2006-07 academic year. Osamuede "Ede" Osemwota will spend the next year in France researching an HIV-1 integrase inhibitor. Stuart E. Schussler will spend a year in Quito, Ecuador analyzing the plight of Colombian refugees, while Christina E. Guzik will devote a year in Argentina to studying and conducting research on the relationship between the U.S.-led War on Terror and regional security in South America's Southern Cone. The aforementioned three are all members of the Class of 2006. Kate E. Murray, a 2000 graduate of DePauw Fulbright Logo 09.jpgand a third-year doctoral student in Arizona State University's clinical psychology program, will spend the upcoming academic year in Brisbane, Australia comparing refugee resettlement programs in that country with those in the United States.

The U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,200 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available in over 20 countries. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance and full or partial tuition.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. Campus April 2006-1.jpgcitizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement. (Professional applicants lacking a degree but with extensive professional study and/or experience in the field in which they wish to pursue a project may also be considered.) The Fulbright U.S. Student Program does not require applicants to be currently enrolled in a college or university. Applicants from young professionals interested in an international experience are also encouraged.

For more information, applicants should visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Web site. Students currently enrolled at DePauw should contact David Gellman, associateOsamuede Ede Osemwota 3.jpg professor of history and Fulbright Program Adviser, for application forms and further information. Dr. Gellman must receive notification of intent to apply no later than September 1, 2006. Applications must be submitted both electronically and in hard copy to Professor Gellman by the campus closing date of October 2, 2006, in order to be received by IIE by the October 20 national deadline.

"As our four Fulbright recipients from this spring prove, DePauw students are fully competitive to take advantage of this terrific opportunity," Gellman says. "There are a tremendous number of foreign travel and study options in countries and programs compatible with a wide array of specific interests and talents. I hope our successful applicants, and the enriching and rewarding experiences they'll begin soon as Fulbright recipients, will inspire many other DePauw students to consider applying to this world renowned program."

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 273,500 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others'east college holton.jpg political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. In the past 60 years, 102,900 American students, scholars and teachers have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State and by participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees. The Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including the annual competition for the scholarships.

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