The University of Illinois has a history of Fulbright success, ranking as a Top Producer of Fulbright students nationally for each of the past six years. To capitalize on this momentum, the National and International Scholarships Program is partnering with various campus units to launch the first Illinois Fulbright Week, offering a range of programming that both celebrates Illinois’ Fulbright tradition and seeks to continue it by recruiting the next crop of Fulbrighters.
The Fulbright is the United States’ premier academic exchange program, providing grants to U.S. citizen students, alumni, and academics to study, teach, and do research around the world. It simultaneously brings international students and scholars to U.S. universities each year.
“Our decision to expand our Fulbright programming to a whole week of events was motivated by the fact that Fulbright is actually a large umbrella program with many different types of grants within it,” says Richelle Bernazzoli, Scholarships Coordinator for the Program. “We wanted to offer multiple writing workshops that will assist students applying for both study/research grants and the English Teaching Assistantships. Also, this was a great opportunity to partner with other campus units, such as the Career Center and the Writers’ Workshop, to offer additional expertise to students. The focus is on transferable skills that will benefit them beyond their Fulbright applications.” Adds Program Director, David Schug, “We are excited to bring together like-minded members of the Illinois Fulbright family (faculty, students, and international grantees) and introduce them to prospective new applicants and one another to help build upon the Fulbright principle of growing international partnerships right here on our very own campus. Likewise, we think the events of this week may assist even more Illinois students in earning the opportunity to similarly promote international good will across the globe.”
Illinois Fulbright Week will begin with an informational session on Thursday, April 14th and include a career panel featuring former Fulbrighters, webinars for Illinois alumni and current study abroad students, and writing workshops for grant proposals and personal statements. Several events require registration (see the online Schedule of Events for more information).