What are our Fulbright Fellows up to? A) researching the impact of Turkish-German women writers B) conducting oral history research C) teaching English in India D) all of the above
The Fulbright Program was developed by the U.S. Department of State to strengthen international understanding between people from the United States and other parts of the world -- on a face-to-face experiential basis. No matter what path you choose after Knox, the program provides you with an international perspective that you can bring to your career, graduate education, or community activities. Read more about the Fulbright Program and view the different types of international grant opportunities available to students.
Interested in applying? It's important to start thinking about the Fulbright process well before your senior year. Be sure to attend an informational meeting at the Fall Institute in October and again in May. You'll receive suggestions from faculty and the dean of the College on how to develop and refine your proposal. You're also encouraged to discuss opportunities with faculty and develop drafts of your proposal to submit in the fall term. Interviews take place on campus prior to the final submission of your application.
Who's eligible? You must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application, and your bachelor's degree must be conferred before the start of the grant. Read more about the Fulbright eligibility requirements. Most applicants already have some international experience, but there are others who have limited experience abroad and see the program as a unique opportunity to gain such experience. The program is open to both groups, and Knox encourages both as well.
Life after Fulbright? In many cases, the Fulbright experience helps provide direction for your next step. Many Fulbrighters decide to pursue internationally-focused careers, but others develop an "internationalist" perspective to bring back to the U.S.
|Julia Sievert '12
Julia immersed herself in her new German community by sharing her love of crafts while teaching English. In 2011, she also spent time in Freiburg, Germany, an area known for ceramics. Julia majored in environmental studies and minored in German and studio art. She was a member of the Outdoor Recreation Club, German Club, and Friends of Green Oaks.
|Kathryn Frank '12
Kathryn applied for the Fulbright Program to return to Argentina (where she studied in 2010 with Knox's Buenos Aires program) to teach English, volunteer at a community service project, and conduct oral history research. A history and Spanish double major, she worked for the Center for Teaching and Learning as a Spanish language peer tutor and volunteered for the Literacy Coalition.
|Erin McKinstry '12
One of the reasons Erin applied for a Fulbright in Germany was because she felt very comfortable with the language. Her Fulbright experience includes teaching English and researching the impact of Turkish-German women writers on contemporary German literature. Erin was a modern languages major (Spanish and German) at Knox and minored in dance and international relations.
|Nicole McCabe '11
Nicole chose to teach English in India because she grew up near an Indian neighborhood in Chicago and has always been "a little bit in love" with the culture. While in India, she also volunteers with an organization that promotes women's literacy. Nicole majored in psychology, minored in creative writing, and participated in several extracurricular activities at Knox.