IU again is among the top producing institutions for Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays grant winners

Oct. 31, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University again is among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant winners, as announced by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The programs are among the U.S. government’s top international educational exchange programs, which fund students going abroad. The IU Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays fellows represent a variety of disciplines and will go to 15 countries. All but one of the students are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington; the other is enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“The recognition of IU as a top Fulbright-producing institution indicates the confidence that the State Department has in the global preparation of IU students,” said David Zaret, vice president for international affairs. “It also reflects the courageous, proactive efforts of IU students, those who apply as well as those who receive awards, to give that training meaning in an international environment.”

With the ever-growing interest in international affairs, the number of applications has increased in recent years, making the Fulbright fellowship even more competitive. The application process is lengthy and rigorous. Prospective applicants must carefully weigh their intentions, goals, future plans and prospective projects before applying.

Nationwide, more than 9,000 students apply annually for about 1,500 Fulbright awards that support graduating seniors and graduate students in carrying out research projects or teaching English in countries spanning the globe.

In addition to the 11 U.S. Fulbright Student Program grants, three IU Bloomington students received Fulbright-Hays grants administered by the Department of Education for doctoral dissertation research in countries outside Western Europe.

This year, IU's Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant recipients include students from disciplines in the humanities, including anthropology, communication and culture, history and Russian and East European studies. They will carry out projects they have prepared with guidance from their professors and in conjunction with partner institutions abroad.

IU students, for example, will undertake research on the history of conflict over land in Romania after World War II, recent political developments in Costa Rica, issues facing Azerbaijani peoples in the Republic of Georgia and belief systems in Stalin's gulags in Ukraine.

Fulbright-Hays grantees exhibit high proficiency in the language of their research, an in-depth familiarity with the country's history and culture, as well as solid disciplinary and theoretical knowledge. The Fulbright-Hays program provides about 80 annual grants to U.S. citizens and permanent residents to travel abroad.

IU's three recipients of the Fulbright-Hays grants for the 2013-14 academic year will pursue research projects lasting from six to 12 months. Their destinations include China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and South Africa,.

Their research will include, for example, Uyghur art history and heritage in Xinjiang, China, and a project that examines reproductive issues and the threat of AIDS and other chronic diseases in South Africa. The average award amount for this year's recipients is $44,263.

Students interested in pursuing a Fulbright grant should contact the Fulbright program adviser for the IU Bloomington campus, Paul Fogleman, at pfoglema@iu.edu or IUPUI director of study abroad Stephanie Leslie at slleslie@iupui.edu.

IU students receiving Fulbright U.S. Student Awards:

  • Catalin Cristoloveanu, history and Russian and East European studies, destination is Romania.
  • Katherine Dobson, English and English teaching assistantship, destination is Brazil (IUPUI).
  • Christopher Eichstedt, history, destination is Costa Rica.
  • Rachel Geissler, anthropology and Spanish, destination is Mexico.
  • Kathleen Hiatt, history, destination is Ukraine.
  • Julie Johnson Searcy, communication and culture, destination is South Africa (declined to accept the Fulbright-Hays Award).
  • Emily Krauter, communication and culture and Germanic studies, destination is Germany.
  • Allison LeClere, international studies and Germanic studies, destination is Germany.
  • Robert Smith, English and Italian, destination is Brazil.
  • Karli-Jo Storm, Russian and East European studies, destination is Finland.
  • Jennifer Strayer, Russian and East European studies, destination is Bulgaria.

 IU students receiving Fulbright-Hays Awards:

  • Elise Anderson, folklore and ethnomusicology, China and Sweden.
  • Michael Hancock-Palmer, Central Eurasian studies, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
  • Julie Johnson Searcy, communication and culture, South Africa.