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Fulbright Competition Offers Opportunities to Study & Conduct Research Abroad

Fulbright Competition Offers Opportunities to Study & Conduct Research Abroad

May 3, 2005

May 3, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University students and alumni are encouraged to apply for international graduate study and research grants through the 2006-2007 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 almost six decades.

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. Currently, Duncan M. Yoon, a 2004 graduate of DePauw, is in South Korea teaching and studying as a result of receiving anFulbright Logo 09.jpg international graduate study and research grant through the 2004-2005 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition. Read more in this previous story.

The U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,000 grants annually and currently operates in over 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance and full or partial tuition. Fulbright travel-only grants are also available to limited countries.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens 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. (Non-arts applicants lacking a degree but with extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project may also be considered.)

For more information, applicants should visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Web site. Students currently enrolled at DePauw should contact David Gellman, assistant professor of history and Fulbright Program Adviser, for application forms and further information. Applications must be submitted in full to Dr. Gellman by the campus closing date of October 3, 2005, in order to be received by IIE by the October national deadline.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program does not require applicants be currently spring campus 2005.jpgenrolled in a college or university. Applications from young professionals interested in an international experience are encouraged.

"The Fulbright program offers recent college graduates an incredible array of foreign travel and study options," Professor Gellman says. "There are countries and programs compatible with a wide array of specific interests and talents. I hope that Duncan Yoon's successful application will inspire many other DePauw students to consider applying to this wonderful program."

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 257,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world'seast college holton.jpg inhabitants. In the past 59 years, 97,000 Americans have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State and by participating governments and by 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 activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program, including an annual competition for the scholarships.

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