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Student Fulbright Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides graduating college students with an unparalleled opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research for one year in other nations while engaging in rich cultural exchange.  In an increasingly global environment, this experience can be invaluable in inspiring or shaping subsequent career plans. Possible Fulbright grant types include:

Please be aware that you can only apply to one grant.

The Fulbright grants provide round-trip international travel, funding to cover the cost of living in the host country, health and accident insurance, and tuition waivers, if applicable.

Applying for a Fulbright is a competitive process that will require considerable time and dedication. The benefit of applying while attending the University of Richmond is that you have a network of support among faculty and staff willing to assist you in this process. As you consider applying, your first step should be to contact Patrick Schweiger, the on-campus Fulbright advisor, or Anthony Russell, the International Education Faculty Fellow and Fulbright advisor, who will gladly meet to talk through any questions you may have and assist you in narrowing down your topic and/or country of interest.

Outlined below is a brief overview of the eligibility requirements, application process, and important deadlines:


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor's degree by the beginning of the grant start date. Many countries and grant types have unique requirements; please see the "Country Summaries on the Fulbright website for specific requirements. UR alumni who are interested in applying for a Fulbright and who have not attended graduate school can apply through the University of Richmond.

Applying through UR

We are here to help UR students and alumni throughout the Fulbright process. Current students and alumni are eligible to apply through the University of Richmond. As you consider applying for a Fulbright, start by carefully reviewing the Fulbright information pages and decide what country and which kind of fellowship you may want to target. Your choices should be guided by what you consider to be your greatest strengths, including for example prior travel experiences, language proficiency, classes you have taken or projects you have been involved with, passions you can document, etc. Throughout the process, on-campus Fulbright advisors are willing to provide feedback and advice as you draft your statements of purpose and personal statements.

Application steps include:

  1. Contacting the Fulbright advisor with your interest in applying;
  2. Submitting your application by the University of Richmond deadline;
  3. Taking part in an interview with an on-campus faculty committee;
  4. Making any necessary revisions or changes to the application prior to submitting the completed application to Fulbright;
  5. Submitting the completed application directly to Fulbright prior to the deadline

For more detailed information about the application process, follow this link

UR Fulbright Series:

The Office of International Education has put in place a series of Fulbright information sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the academic year. The information sessions will help you better understand what Fulbright is about and what the different grant options entail. The workshops will provide you with very practical advice about the application process, focusing particularly on how to craft strong and persuasive essays.

Important UR application dates and deadlines

UR Fulbright series:

  • Feb. 8, 2017: Fulbright Kickoff Event
  • Feb. 15, 2017: General Fulbright Info Session
  • Feb. 23, 2017: General Fulbright Info Session
  • Mar. 23, 2017: Workshop – Research and Study Program
  • Mar. 30, 2017: Workshop – English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program

Dates for the 2018-2019 Application Cycle

  • Apr. 3, 2017: Application Cycle opens for the 2018-2019 award cycle
  • Sep. 1, 2017: University of Richmond application deadline
  • Oct. 6, 2017: Official Fulbright Application deadline

As you can see, there are two deadlines that need to be met. After the first deadline, your materials, including your three letters of reference, will be reviewed by an on-campus committee and an interview will be scheduled for you with the committee. After you receive recommendation from the committee, you will have the opportunity to revise your materials one last time before the final deadline.

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact Patrick Schweiger, the on-campus Fulbright advisor, or Anthony Russell, the International Education Faculty Fellow and Fulbright advisor.

Past Faculty and Staff Fulbright Fellows

Listed below are the names and contact information of faculty and staff at UR who have been awarded various kinds of Fulbright grants in the past, and who can serve as valuable resources as you engage in the application process. Each entry includes information about the kind of project or activity that was undertaken, and in what country. Feel free to contact any of these individuals if you are seeking advice or information about a particular country or project.


Dr. Jimmy Kandeh

Political Science

Sierra Leone, 2009

Selected to serve as a Fulbright Scholar to teach and conduct research at Fourah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone in Freetown. Dr. Kandeh researched the process of democratization and state building in Sierra Leone. He also lectured on the politics of cultural pluralism and subaltern politics.


Dr. Elizabeth Baughan

Classical Studies

Turkey, 2014

Received a Fulbright Grant for Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. As a Senior Researcher, Dr. Baughan researched Archaeology in a project titled: “Urbanism and Cultural Identity in Early Bronze Age Hacımusalar Höyük.”

Dr. Joel Eisen


China, 2009

Received a Core Fulbright Scholar Award for Lecturing in Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China.

Dr. Dana Lascu

Marketing Mongolia, 2013 In addition to receiving a Fulbright Award for Austria in 2006, Dr. Lascu acted as Fulbright Specialist, and was hosted by Ider University, the National University of Mongolia, and the Mongolian Marketing Association. Dr. Lascu received an honorary Doctorate from Ider University during her term.

Dr. Jennifer Nourse

Anthropology Indonesia, 2009 Received a Fulbright Senior Fellow Award to conduct research at Universitas Hasanuddin in Makassar, Indonesia. Dr. Nourse conducted research and taught medical anthropology. The title of the research project was: Reproducing Rural Women: Government Health Services in the Era of Decentralization in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Dr. Noah Sachs

Environmental Law

India, 2013

Received one of five Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership grants to conduct research in India for a year in 2013.

Dr. Sachs studied India’s pioneering use of market-based environmental law, assessing whether the system was improving India’s energy efficiency, lowering its national energy consumption and addressing climate change.

Dr. Amy Treonis


Nepal, 2014

Received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship at Kathmandu University in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Treonis taught courses in Microbiology and Soil Nematode Ecology.


Dr. Edward Ayers

President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities

Netherlands, 1995

Received a Fulbright Grant to act as the John Adams Professor of American Studies at the University of Groningen to teach a course titled: Race in Contemporary America.

Dr. Elizabeth Baughan

Classical Studies

Turkey, 2014

Received a Fulbright Grant for Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. As a Senior Researcher, Dr. Baughan researched Archaeology in a project titled: “Urbanism and Cultural Identity in Early Bronze Age Hacımusalar Höyük.”

Dr. Kathrin Bower

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Germany, 1988

Germany, 2013

Dr. Bower is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright Award. In 1988, Dr. Bower received a Quadrille Ball Scholarship for the Universität Hamburg. The next year, Fulbright granted an extension and a transfer to the Freie Universität Berlin. In Berlin, Dr. Bower worked on a project comparing Ingeborg Bachmann and Christa Wolf. 

In 2013, Dr. Bower attended the Fulbright-sponsored German Studies Faculty Seminar entitled “Berlin: Where Cultures Meet and Challenges Abound.” For this seminar, she developed an undergraduate seminar entitled “Visions of Berlin,” which has since been added as a regular curricular offering as an upper-level course in German at the University of Richmond.

Dr. David Brandenberger


Russia, 2007

Russia, 2017

Received two Fulbright awards in 2007 and in 2017. For his most recent Fulbright grant, Dr. Bradenberger will be researching the Stalin-era political elite and the Leningrad Affair, a series of fabricated criminal cases in the ’40s and ’50s that accused politicians and members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union of treason, and will spend most of his time in Moscow and St. Petersburg (the former Leningrad) between December 2017 and July 2018.

Dr. Benjamin Broening


Estonia, 2007

Received a Fulbright Foundation Award to work at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia.

Dr. James Davis


Canada, France, Germany, 2017

Received the Fulbright Global Scholar Award and will travel to Germany (September-October 2017); France (January-February 2018); and Canada (May-June 2018). Dr. Davis’s research project is titled “Mathematics of Communication” and will help mathematicians from these countries improve quality of electronic transmission and information security.

Dr. Joanna Drell


Italy, 1992

Received a pre-doctoral Fulbright grant to study in the cities of Salerno and Rome. Dr. Drell conducted research in the archives of the Abbey of La Trinita della Cava dei Tirreni and the Vatican. Her research subject was on family strategies in the Norman Principality of Salerno.

Dr. Sharon Feldman

Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies (LALIS)

Spain, 2001

Received a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in the Doctoral Program in Theatre Arts, Department of Catalan Philology, of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Dr. Javier Hidalgo


Germany, 2005

Received a Fulbright Research Grant at University of Frankfurt to conduct an independent research on the German educational system, particularly policies on homeschooling and private education.

Dr. Dana Lascu


Austria, 2006

In addition to receiving a Fulbright Award in Mongolia, Dr. Lascu was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in International Business, hosted by the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria.

Dr. Peter Lurie

English & Film Studies

Poland, 2015

Received a Fulbright Award to act as “Distinguished Chair of American Studies” in Poland, teaching courses in US literature and cinema to undergrads and graduate students. Course contents included American genre films (the gangster movie, film noir, and horror) and major US writers of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Whitman, Melville, Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, and Faulkner. 

Denise Dwight Smith

Assistant Vice President for

Alumni and Career Services (OACS)

Germany, Czech Republic, 2006

Received a Fulbright Grant for International Education Administrators Seminar in Germany and the Czech Republic. The seminars explored various EU and German policies in Higher Education, including the Bologna Process and the German Fulbright Commission.

Leslie Stevenson

Director of Career Services

Germany, 2008

Received a Fulbright Grant for International Education Administrators in Germany.

Dr. Walter Stevenson

Classical Studies

Ukraine, 1997

Received a Fulbright Senior Teaching Fellowship to teach Ancient History and Languages at L’viv University and L’viv Theological Academy (now Ukrainian Catholic University). His course topics include understanding of ethnicity in the Latin sources on early Medieval East Slavic history, Early History of the Italian peninsula, and social thought in early church fathers (in ancient Greek and Latin). Aside from teaching, Dr. Stevenson also helped with scholarly public outreach and administering the first private college (LTA) computer network in the former Soviet Union.

Dr. John Treadway


Germany, 1985

Yugoslavia, 1990

Montenegro, 2011

Received three Fulbright Awards to teach in Politics and Culture in Germany (1985), and Post WWI Diplomatic History in Yugoslavia (1989-1990) and Montenegro (2011-2012). 

Dr. Caroline Weist

Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC)

Germany, 2005

Received a yearlong Fulbright Research Grant for Theater Studies in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Weist was hosted by Freie Universität Berlin teach and conduct research. Specifically, Dr. Weist’s research explored productions and adaptations of American plays in the former East Berlin.  


Middle East

Dr. Azizah al-Hibri


Qatar, 2001

Dr. al-Hibri was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant for Qatar, where she studied Muslim family law.  Currently, Dr. al-Hibri is currently working on a book which reflects, in part, research conducted during her Fulbright in Qatar.

Dr. Sheila Carapico

International Studies

Yemen, 1993

Received a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Sana’a, Yemen, and was hosted by Sana’a University.

Dr. Carol Parish


Israel, 2012

Received a Fulbright Scholar award to conduct research in Israel during the fall 2012 semester. Dr. Parish specializes in physical, theoretical and computational chemistry. She collaborated with scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she investigated the nature of oil shale deposits. Oil shale represents an untapped source of hydrocarbon fuel in Israel, though little is known about its reactivity.

North America

Dr. James Davis


Canada, France, Germany, 2017

Received the Fulbright Global Scholar Award and will travel to Germany (September-October 2017); France (January-February 2018); and Canada (May-June 2018). Dr. Davis’s research project is titled “Mathematics of Communication” and will help mathematicians from these countries improve quality of electronic transmission and information security.

Dr. Mariela Mendez

Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies (LALIS)

USA, 1998

While in Argentina, Dr. Mendez received a Fulbright Grant to pursue a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

South America

Dr. William Cooper


Brazil, 1984

Received a Fulbright Grant to act as Senior Scholar of Linguistics for Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Dr. Rafael O. de Sa


Brazil, 2013

Colombia, 2017

In 2013, Dr. de Sa was named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity for the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where conducted teaching and research. In 2017, Fulbright Regular Award. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. This is also a research and teaching award.

Dr. Jan French

Sociology and Anthropology

Brazil, 2000

Received a Fulbright Dissertation Grant to research in Northeast Brazil on law's relationship with ethnoracial identity in a case involving descendants of runaway slaves and an indigenous community. Dr. French’s Dissertation has been published and is available at Boatwright Library under the title: Legalizing Identities.

Dr. David Salisbury

Geography and Environment

Brazil, Peru, 2004

Brazil, 2010

In 2004, Dr. Salisbury received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant for Brazil and Peru. 2010 Fulbright Award to Peru. In 2010, he also served on the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Brazil.

Speak with an Advisor

Students and alumni may contact the on-campus Fulbright advisors, Patrick Schweiger and Anthony Russell.