Apply to the Fulbright US Student Program through CUNY BA!

fulbright_logoBlueLast fall, we had four CUNY Baccalaureate students/alumni apply for the Fulbright US Student Program through our campus.  It is with great excitement that I write to announce that three of those applicants have been awarded 2013-14 Fulbright Grants and one is currently a highly ranked alternate.  This is thanks, in no small part, to our amazing Campus Committee who donated their time to interview candidates and give them critical feedback to strengthen their applications.  I’m also pleased to announce that the 2014-15 application is open and application season is here!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.  During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

CUNY Baccalaureate students may apply through CUNY Baccalaureate in the fall of their senior year or as alumni of the program.  Applicants must be US citizens and may not apply through CUNY Baccalaureate once they have enrolled in a graduate program.  While there is no minimum GPA requirement, successful applicants typically have cumulative GPAs of at least 3.50. You can read more about eligibility requirements here.

One of the many benefits of being in NYC is that the Institute of International Education, the organization which manages the Fulbright US Student Program, is based right here, over near the UN.  They run a series of highly information in person and online information sessions and webinars: http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org/component/events/?view=events.  If you are interested in applying, I’d strongly encourage you to take advantage of these events.

If you are interested in applying or simply want to learn more about whether this is the right opportunity for you, please let me know and we will work together throughout the application process.  Our campus deadline is October 1; the national deadline is October 15.

Finally, for inspiration, here is some more information about our new awardees:

Russell Barlow, Study/Research, Germany
CUNY Baccalaureate at Brooklyn College | June 2013 expected graduate
Working with the Institute for Indo-Germanic Linguistics in Münster, Germany, he will explore hitherto undiscovered parallels among ancient Indo-European texts. Specifically, he will compare Greek origin myths with Germanic and Indic traditions, placing Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns in a broader Indo-European context. His research will culminate in a dissertation revealing common metaphysical beliefs that underlie various Indo-European cosmogonies.

 Jaimie Stettin, English Teaching Assistantship, France
CUNY Baccalaureate and Macaulay Honors at Hunter College | June 2011 graduate
Teaching English in an underserved community in France will help her to solidify a place in her family’s long line of educators, and to polish skills and gain competence in a language that meant so much to her grandmother. As a citizen of the world and now specifically as an EFL teacher in rural South Korea, Jamie recognizes the importance of such an opportunity and the difference that she can make as an enthusiastic teacher and native speaker.

Joshua Trinidad, English Teaching Assistantship, Colombia
CUNY Baccalaureate at Hunter College | September 2012 graduate
As a dedicated student of language and translation, his goal while living in Colombia is to increase his fluency in Spanish and knowledge of Colombian culture. Teaching English is a career which Josh knows and loves and has the skills and experience to be an excellent TA. His personal connections in Colombia that will serve as a network of support for interacting with the local community through special projects.

I look forward to hearing from you and to another fruitful year of Fulbrights!