Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and teaching in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools worldwide. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and fellowships are available to American students wishing to spend a year or more abroad after college to teach, conduct scholarly research, or engage in creative projects.
Fulbright Fellowships are awarded as part of a national competition after pre-selection on campus. Our Fulbright candidates receive the support of the Carthage Fulbright Committee headed by associate professor of biology and Asian studies, Dan Choffnes. He and other faculty members guide applicants as they gather application materials, write essays, and request faculty recommendations. Applicants are interviewed by the Fulbright Committee and then rated before their applications are sent on to be part of the national competition.
The Fulbright is a highly competitive award, and most candidates begin their applications far in advance of the submission dates. Students are eligible to apply through the Carthage process in their last year of undergraduate studies and in the first year after graduation. Students at all stages are encouraged to discuss their prospects with Prof. Choffnes. It is never too early to begin the conversation. Students in their junior year should develop their application in the spring for submission in the fall term of the senior year. The deadline for Fulbright applications to the Carthage Fulbright Committee is in September.
Opportunities are available in over one hundred countries in teaching, research, and creative endeavors. Students of all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply, and advanced language study is not required for many host countries. Fulbright Fellows receive a monthly stipend, medical insurance, and an allowance for books and materials in addition to round-trip transportation to the host country. They are also able to participate in activities sponsored by the Fulbright Commission in their host countries and take part in networking opportunities with other Fulbright Fellows.
For more information on the Fulbright Program and to begin your application, please contact the Carthage Fulbright Program adviser, Dan Choffnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.