From left, David Ewens, Aubrey Kraft and Louis Bergsman are among the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship winners from Tulane. Ewens will teach in Germany, Kraft in Malaysia and Bergsman in Indonesia. (Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo)
The Fulbright program at Tulane University has blossomed in recent years, with the university recognized as a Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer for 2013-2014
“Our numbers have gotten so big, with 53 applicants last year,” says Molly Travis, associate dean in Newcomb-Tulane College. As the Fulbright Program Adviser, Travis guided campus recruitment efforts for three years in collaboration with the Honors Program
and a faculty committee drawn from across the university.
From last year’s pool of applicants, 13 students and recent graduates from Tulane University are heading overseas this year to study, conduct research or teach English in the Fulbright program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
One of the keys to the success, Travis believes, is the feedback students receive from faculty as they consider their grant proposals. Travis encourages students to think ahead about the Fulbright competition.
“I try to tell students to think about their honors thesis, their public service, study abroad and networking with contacts in the country in which they’d like to work, to see how they can parlay these experiences post-graduation,” Travis says.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition opens each year on May 1, with a submission deadline in mid-October. Students who applied this fall will learn the results of the 2014–15 competition in the spring.
For more information about the Fulbright competition, Tulane students should contact Scott Pentzer, the current Fulbright Program Adviser, in the Center for Global Education.
2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Students
Jennifer Farrell, Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Bangladesh
Beau Gaitors, Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Mexico
Sean Higgins, Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Mexico
Nicole Katin, Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Brazil
Walter Liszewski, Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Denmark
Students applying with a bachelor’s degree:
Louis Bergsman, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Indonesia
David Ewens, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Germany
Catherine Fitzpatrick, English Teaching Assistantship, Brazil
Tobin Fulton, Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Brazil
Julian Guelig, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Brazil
Grace Kenneally, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Kyrgyzstan
Aubrey Kraft, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Malaysia
Kaitlin Tasker, Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Peru