Five Miamians offered Fulbright awards to conduct research or teach abroad
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected in an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional achievement, and record of service.
All five of Miami University’s Fulbright semifinalists have been offered grants for the 2023-2024 cycle.
Fulbright, the largest U.S. exchange program, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs outside of the United States. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected in an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional achievement, and record of service.
Since 2000, more than 80 Miami students and alumni—not including these latest offers—have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research or teach overseas, according to Karla Guinigundo, director of global partnerships in Miami’s Office of Global Initiatives.
"Recent global events have underscored the critical importance of the Fulbright Program's mission to build intercultural bridges and increase mutual understanding across borders," Guinigundo said. "It is exciting to see these talented Miami University students and alumni become a part of this flagship international exchange program."
This year’s Fulbright awardees:
This year, Miami had 15 applicants to 11 countries. Of these, six were undergraduate students, three were graduate students, and six were alumni. Two applied for graduate study or research grants; 13 applied for English Teaching Assistantships.
Erin Fetters • English Teaching Assistant in Colombia
- Majors: Spanish (MA) and Latin American Studies
Olivia Kelly • English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan
- Majors: Linguistics and Spanish (MA)
- Minor: Chinese
Colton Powaski • English Teaching Assistant in Uzbekistan
- Majors: International Studies and Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies
Sinait Sarfino '22 • English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan
- Majors: Diplomacy and Global Politics and East Asian Languages and Cultures
Samantha Shetterly '19 • English Teaching Assistant in Argentina
- Majors: Spanish and Psychology
During this cycle more than 8000 applications were submitted throughout the United States. Fulbright alumni include leaders who are making a difference in their communities and the world, including 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.
Visit Miami's Fulbright page to find more information about the program.