Fulbright at Miami University

Fulbright Program LogoFounded in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the premier international exchange program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Its mission to promote intercultural understanding through citizen exchange is achieved through funding graduate study, teaching and research in more than 140 countries. Programs are available for U.S. students, U.S. scholars, foreign students, and foreign scholars.

More than 100 Miami University students and faculty have received Fulbright grants.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

More than two dozen Miami students are among the 10,000 applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program annually. Grants to serve as an English Teaching Assistant or pursue study or research are the most commonly applied for; the Fulbright mtvU Award and the Fulbright National Geographic Fellowship are two additional unique opportunities.

The application for the 2018-2019 academic year is now open. To apply, students must be U.S. citizens and have earned a bachelor’s degree by May 2018. Additional eligibility criteria should be reviewed on the website. Students from all majors, graduate students, and Miami alumni are welcome to apply.

The Miami campus deadline for the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program is Friday, September 15, 2017. Campus interviews will be held the week of September 25, 2017. The national submission deadline is Friday, October 6, 2017.

Students planning to apply for the 2018-2019 academic year are strongly encouraged to set up an advising appointment as early as possible.

Miami University U.S. Student Program Grantees

Students
Year Name Country Grant Type
2017 Eric Moenich France English Teaching
2017 Khalid Osman Indonesia English Teaching
2017 Jennifer Tassaro Mexico English Teaching
2017 Graham von Carlowitz Germany English Teaching
2016 Matthew Armelli Germany English Teaching
2016 Rebekah Harper Turkey English Teaching
2016 Jonathan Meyer Germany English Teaching
2016 Emily Paxson Bulgaria English Teaching
2016 William Smeal Bulgaria English Teaching
2015 Graham Bowling Taiwan English Teaching
2015 Nicole Smith Germany English Teaching
2015 Anna Borchers Peru English Teaching
2015 Kimberly Forster Brazil English Teaching
2014 Elizabeth Schallip Germany English Teaching
2014 Casey Smitson Germany English Teaching
2013 Brian Cash Germany English Teaching
2013 Ryan Martini Indonesia English Teaching
2013 Jacob Hofstetter Spain English Teaching
2012 Timothy Boll Russia English Teaching
2012 Katelin Burke Mongolia English Teaching
2012 Daniel Hawk Germany English Teaching
2012 Corbin Mathias Germany English Teaching
2011 Maria Mancinelli Brazil English Teaching
2011 Sarah Schill Germany English Teaching
2010 Korianna Austera Germany English Teaching
2010 James Erbaugh Indonesia English Teaching
2010 Paula Koch Jordan Study/Research
2009 Rebekah Farrar Taiwan English Teaching
2009 Michael McDonel Jordan Study/Research
2008 Benjamin Kuebrich Turkey English Teaching
2007 Franklin Grace III South Korea English Teaching
2007 Annemarie Spadafore European Union Study/Research
2007 Justin Wilmes Russia English Teaching
2006 Christopher Chailland Denmark Study/Research
2006 Ariana Falk Germany Study/Research
2006 Christopher Michel Georgia Study/Research
2006 Christina Synowiec South Korea English Teaching
2005 Benjamin Johnson Colombia Study/Research
2005 Yana Pleshivoy Russia Study/Research
2005 Marianne Windholtz Germany Study/Research
2003 Jonathan DeVore Brazil Study/Research
2003 Jennifer Germano New Zealand Study/Research
2002 Joshua Greenberg New Zealand Study/Research
2002 Jaclyn Turnwald South Korea English Teaching
2001 Abbey Steele Colombia Study/Research
1999 Natalie Brooke Germany English Teaching
1999 Sarah Stewart Namibia Study/Research
1993 Elizabeth Belle Germany English Teaching
1988 Russell Lemmons West Germany Study/Research
1983 Jennifer Miller West Germany English Teaching

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Miami faculty and staff are able to apply for a variety of programs through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Miami University U.S. Scholar Program Grantees

Faculty and Staff
Year Name Country Grant Type
2017 Cathey Bishop-Clark TBD Specialist Roster
2017 Donna Evans TBD Specialist Roster
2017 Karla Guinigundo India IEA Seminar
2016 Terri Barr TBD Specialist Roster
2014 Steven Keller Austria Core Program
2014 Thomas Misco Singapore Specialist Roster
2013 William Boone Germany Core Program
2013 John Kraft Poland Core Program
2013 Jonathan Levy Zambia Core Program
2012 John Cinnamon Cameroon Core Program
2012 John Rakovan Poland Core Program
2012 Elizabeth Widom Mexico Core Program
2010 Jordan Fenton Nigeria Core Program
2010 Jonathan Levy South Africa Core Program
2009 Sheila Croucher Canada Core Program
2007 Susan Paulson Panama Core Program
2006 J. Marcus Jobe Ukraine Core Program
2006 James Sheehan Philippines Core Program
2004 Scott Kenworthy Romania Core Program
2002 Cheryl Johnson South Africa Core Program
2002 John Krafft Germany Core Program
2002 Daniel Nathan Finland Core Program
2002 Robert Thurston Ukraine, Russia Core Program
2000 Robert Bowie Russia Core Program
2000 Thomas Murphy Jordan Core Program
2000 Louise Van Vliet Slovak Republic Core Program
1999 Andrew Cayton Netherlands Core Program
1999 Gwen Etter-Lewis Ethiopia, Eritrea Core Program
1999 Susan Ewing Czech Republic Core Program
1999 Jack Kirby Italy Core Program
1998 James Dunlevy Germany Core Program
1998 Gwen Etter-Lewis Ethiopia, Eritrea Core Program
1998 Susan Ewing Czech Republic Core Program
1998 Victoria Smith Germany Core Program
1997 J. Marcus Jobe Ukraine Core Program
1996 Gwen Etter-Lewis Ethiopia, Eritrea Core Program
1996 Iris Johnson Portugal Core Program
1996 Susan Sloan Greece Core Program
1996 Allan Winkler Kenya Core Program
1995 David Keitges Germany IEA Seminar
1995 Susan Reilly Brazil Core Program
1993 Howard Blanning Czech Republic Core Program
1991 Geoffrey Chase Finland Core Program
1991 Andrew Lakritz Poland Core Program
1991 Robert Peterson Portugal Core Program
1991 Jacqueline Vansant Austria Core Program
1991 Roscoe Ward Cyprus Core Program
1990 Lynette Unger Finland Core Program
1989 Mark Bernheim Austria Core Program
1989 Gerardo Brown-Manrique Argentina Core Program
1989 Craig Hinrichs Cyprus Core Program
1989 E. Fuller Moore USSR Core Program
1988 Susan Sloan Belgium Core Program
1988 Robert Wicks Thailand Core Program
1987 William Jackson Australia Core Program
1987 Roscoe Ward Brazil Core Program
1986 Jennie Lincoln Costa Rica Core Program
1986 Allan Springer Brazil Core Program
1985 Judith Fryer Finland Core Program
1985 David Hunt Kenya Core Program
1985 Allan Winkler Netherlands Core Program
1983 Elizabeth Dean France Core Program
1981 John Reardon Norway Core Program
1980 John Kettler Norway Core Program
1979 Allan Winkler Finland Core Program
1978 Mark Bernheim France Core Program
1973 W. Sherman Jackson Nigeria Core Program
1966 John Reardon Iraq Core Program

Miami University Grantee Spotlights

Emily Paxson and William Smeal in Bulgaria

Emily Paxson '16 and '17 with William Smeal ’16, who is also a Fulbright ETA in Bulgaria

Majors: International Studies and German

It is an honor to be associated with a program that has inspired so many to embark on a journey that started with the vision of one man, Senator J. William Fulbright. As a Fulbrighter, I am humbled that I have been given this overwhelmingly wonderful opportunity to live his vision. As I embark on my second year, I am in awe of the unique experience I have been given which has allowed me to gain reverence and awareness of the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to interact, learn and share with the people of Bulgaria. After ten months, the warm embrace of the quaint town of Lovech and its people have made it feel like home. To be able to immerse myself in another culture that has allowed me to thrive with overwhelming comfort fosters hope for the future. I have developed friendships that will live on past my Fulbright experience and provide an avenue for continued cultural exchange. For me it is about people who respect other nations and their culture. It is about leaving the limitations of your comfort zone in order to gain necessary alternate perspectives. Beyond my Fulbright experience, I look forward to continuing to apply the purpose of the Fulbright program throughout my career—and that is to “to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”

Ryan Martini in Indonesia

Ryan Martini with his Indonesian students

Majors: Math Education and American Literature

“My experience volunteering as an English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia taught me a great deal about who I am as a person, but even more so, who I am as a teacher. It goes without saying that compassion for your students is the key to helping them become the very best they can be. I was asked numerous times by both Indonesians and family back home, 'what is the difference between Indonesian and US schools?' I often deflected this question by answering a question that I found to be more important: 'what is similar between Indonesian and US schools?' And my answer was always, 'kids are kids, and they deserve the very best we as teachers can give them.' It doesn't matter where you teach in the world, you're going to have the high achievers and the mischief-makers; but, they each deserve your compassion. So if you treat each and every student as if they were your own child, offering them the very best of you each time you walk into a classroom, it doesn't matter where or what you teach - you'll be the perfect teacher for your students.”

Thomas Misco

Thomas Misco, Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2014, Singapore

Dr. Thomas Misco is Professor and Naus Family Faculty Scholar in the College of Education, Health & Society’s Department of Teacher Education.  He was added to the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster in 2014 and received a Fellowship to reconceptualize and teach a graduate course at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. The Senior Specialist program offers unique flexibility given the commitment range of two to six weeks. This duration, which was mutually beneficial for Dr. Misco and his host, permitted participation and substantive collaboration. Contact Dr. Misco by email for additional information about his Fulbright Senior Specialist experience.

Emily Paxson

Emily Paxson and William Smeal in Bulgaria

Emily Paxson '16 and '17 with William Smeal ’16, who is also a Fulbright ETA in Bulgaria

Majors: International Studies and German

It is an honor to be associated with a program that has inspired so many to embark on a journey that started with the vision of one man, Senator J. William Fulbright. As a Fulbrighter, I am humbled that I have been given this overwhelmingly wonderful opportunity to live his vision. As I embark on my second year, I am in awe of the unique experience I have been given which has allowed me to gain reverence and awareness of the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to interact, learn and share with the people of Bulgaria. After ten months, the warm embrace of the quaint town of Lovech and its people have made it feel like home. To be able to immerse myself in another culture that has allowed me to thrive with overwhelming comfort fosters hope for the future. I have developed friendships that will live on past my Fulbright experience and provide an avenue for continued cultural exchange. For me it is about people who respect other nations and their culture. It is about leaving the limitations of your comfort zone in order to gain necessary alternate perspectives. Beyond my Fulbright experience, I look forward to continuing to apply the purpose of the Fulbright program throughout my career—and that is to “to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”

Ryan Martini

Ryan Martini in Indonesia

Ryan Martini with his Indonesian students

Majors: Math Education and American Literature

“My experience volunteering as an English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia taught me a great deal about who I am as a person, but even more so, who I am as a teacher. It goes without saying that compassion for your students is the key to helping them become the very best they can be. I was asked numerous times by both Indonesians and family back home, 'what is the difference between Indonesian and US schools?' I often deflected this question by answering a question that I found to be more important: 'what is similar between Indonesian and US schools?' And my answer was always, 'kids are kids, and they deserve the very best we as teachers can give them.' It doesn't matter where you teach in the world, you're going to have the high achievers and the mischief-makers; but, they each deserve your compassion. So if you treat each and every student as if they were your own child, offering them the very best of you each time you walk into a classroom, it doesn't matter where or what you teach - you'll be the perfect teacher for your students.”

Thomas Misco

Thomas Misco

Thomas Misco, Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2014, Singapore

Dr. Thomas Misco is Professor and Naus Family Faculty Scholar in the College of Education, Health & Society’s Department of Teacher Education.  He was added to the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster in 2014 and received a Fellowship to reconceptualize and teach a graduate course at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. The Senior Specialist program offers unique flexibility given the commitment range of two to six weeks. This duration, which was mutually beneficial for Dr. Misco and his host, permitted participation and substantive collaboration. Contact Dr. Misco by email for additional information about his Fulbright Senior Specialist experience.

Advisor Contact

Karla Guinigundo
Fulbright Program Advisor
209 MacMillan Hall
531 E. Spring St. 
Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-5622
guinigkm@MiamiOH.edu