The 2013 Fulbright scholars banquet was a rare treat. We dressed in gowns and tuxes and dined at Dublin Castle. I didn’t get the greatest photos, but my snapshots provide a glimpse into the festivities….
In the linked YouTube video, US Fulbright student Amanda Bernhard explains how she discovered the Fulbright program, why she decided to pursue a grant to let her study the Irish language in Ireland, and what the Fulbright program has offered in addition to financial support.
I’ve been promoting the idea of applying for a Fulbright to many people I have met here in Ireland. Up until now, I wasn’t entirely clear on the specific types of awards available for Irish folks who want to be Fulbright-ers in the USA. I’ve recently discovered that there are three types of awards offered.
- Fulbright Student Awards: For up to one academic year for postgraduate study or research in the United States in any discipline, including the arts. Grants are a maximum of $20,000. Applicants may stay to complete their academic program if it is longer than one year.
- Fulbright Scholar and Professional Awards: Grants available for up to €35,000 (Irish Language) and $20,000 (General Awards) for academics and professionals with more than five years’ experience to research and/or lecture in the US, lasting between and three and twelve months.
- Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) Awards: Ten-month Awards for Irish language teachers to refine their teaching skills in the US by teaching at a US college and taking classes at a post-graduate level. Grants are available for approximately €20,000.
The applications are due tomorrow (November 14) for travel in 2013-14, but this information can help my Irish friends as they plan for the future. Additional information is available from Fulbright Ireland.