Fulbright Week to highlight international scholarship opportunities

Alison Kuznitz
April 03, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State undergraduates with a passion for pursuing research, study or teaching opportunities abroad are encouraged to attend events scheduled for April 3-7 as part of Fulbright Week.

Sponsored by Penn State’s University Fellowships Office, the programming will highlight the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers a breadth of scholarly experiences in over 125 countries.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has consistently recognized Penn State as a top producer of Fulbright recipients among U.S. colleges and universities. In the 2016-17 awards cycle alone, the University produced 11 faculty and 12 student Fulbright Scholars.

“The impact of a Fulbright year can be enormous in terms of professional and personal growth, and it opens up doors to future work with new colleagues," said Tanya Furman, associate vice president and associate dean for undergraduate education.

A Fulbright Scholar herself, Furman was afforded the opportunity to begin her doctoral research in Iceland. 

“We are offering information sessions and conversations with scholarship holders throughout the week so that students can gain a broad perspective on the many different opportunities available through the Fulbright Foundation,” she said.

Monday, April 3

“Fulbright 101,” slated from noon to 1 p.m. in 323 Boucke Building, will lay the groundwork for the dynamic program and University Fellowships Office staff will be on hand to offer advice on the application process. 

Tuesday, April 4

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships will be at the forefront of a panel featuring alumni of the program. The discussion will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium of the Paterno Library.

Wednesday, April 5

An information session scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in 102 HUB-Robeson Center will provide insight into planning a research or study Fulbright application.

Thursday, April 6

“Fulbright Overview” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in 312 Boucke. Jennifer Connor, a representative from the Institute of International Education who oversees the application process, will lead the information session.

Friday, April 7

Drop-in hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 321 Boucke Building, allowing undergraduates to ask additional questions about the Fulbright Program.  

The complete schedule for Fulbright Week can be viewed here.

To learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, visit the University Fellowships Office website.         

The University Fellowships Office is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at undergrad.psu.edu.

About the Fulbright Program

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in over 125 countries throughout the world. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.

Last Updated April 12, 2017