The Wait is On

USF freshmen and sophomores are waiting to hear on acceptance to the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes Program.

 

USF sophomores Karli Heimbecker and Taylor Buffaloe applied to the Roehampton University program.

 

By USF News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (Apr. 27, 2011) – Twenty-one USF students are biting their nails, not because of term papers or final exams, but because they want to go to England or Wales this summer through the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes Program.

 

This four- to six-week program is only open to freshman and sophomores, and is a much shorter version of the full Fulbright grant program which sends students to research, study or teach for a year once they have a bachelor’s degree. The students received support on their applications from USF’s Office of National Scholarships, http://ons.usf.edu. 

 

Fulbright UK is offering study abroad at one of three institutes this summer: Newcastle, Roehampton and Wales. Newcastle is held at Newcastle University in North East England and allows the students to choose a subject area to get a taste of the British educational system. 

 

Roehampton University is in London and the program there focuses on the ideas of citizenship and identity culminating in a film project. The Welsh programs will be held at three universities: Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth and focus on the theme of “Contemporary Wales: Economy, Culture, Politics and Change.” For more details, visit the Fulbright UK website: http://www.fulbright.co.uk/fulbright-awards/for-us-citizens/summer-institutes.

 

The Fulbright Commission funds round-trip airfare, tuition, accommodation, social program, food and drink. Each cohort will also take a short trip to various sites around the UK. Students must be U.S. citizens with a passport, be 18 years of age to apply and have two years or more left to study at USF. Preference is given to students who have not travelled outside of the United States or have very little experience abroad.

 

Penny Carlton, manager of the Fulbright UK Portfolio for the USF Office of National Scholarships, said, “We recommend that students come early in their University career to begin to build their profile to be competitive. Using our new profile system, which students access through our website (http://ons.usf.edu), we are able to help them target the scholarships that fit them best.

 

“There are many opportunities for outstanding students as early as freshman year to apply for merit scholarships to study or research abroad as well as for graduate school. The USF Office of National Scholarships in collaboration with the Education Abroad Office consults with students to identify study abroad programs and strengthen their applications to these prestigious scholarships,” she said. Carlton can be contacted at carlton@honors.usf.edu.

 

The next USF Deadline for Fulbright UK is March 2012. The program is sponsored by the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Students should alert the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) of their interest as soon as possible. 

 

Critical Language Scholarships, Boren, DAAD, and Gilman scholarships also fund enrolled students to go to international locales. Critical Language Scholarships send students to intensive language institutes in-country to learn one of thirteen Critical Languages for 8-10 weeks. DAAD is specifically for study, research and internships in Germany. Boren emphasizes language and study abroad for 6-12 months. Gilman and Freeman Asia focus on funding for a term abroad to undergraduates who are receiving financial assistance and who might not have other opportunities to go abroad due to financial constraints. More information on these scholarships and many more can be found at the Office of National Scholarships website: http://ons.usf.edu.

 

For more information on the Undergraduate Scholars award or merit scholarships, contact Penny Carlton or Linda Lucas at the Office of National Scholarships at (813) 974-3087, nationalscholarships@usf.edu, in person at SVC 1088 or online at http://ons.usf.eduto get the competitive edge.