Fulbright Info Sessions & 6-week Summer Workshops

Would you like to teach English, conduct research, or pursue a Master’s degree in a foreign country after you graduate? Consider applying for a Fulbright Fellowship!

For English Teaching Assistants, these grants place you in a host country and support you while you work. For research or study, the grants provide a living stipends and research/tuition. You can find our more about these amazing opportunities from the Fulbright website, and OSU is will help you with the application process.

The OSU campus deadline is August 23, and the university is also offering two workshops this summer to help you prepare your application. (Details below)

If you would like to know more about the Fulbright and/or the summer workshop, please attend one of the upcoming information sessions:

                Tuesday, May 24, noon-1 pm

                Wednesday, May 25, 5-6 pm

You can email Louise Edwards of the Undergraduate Fellowship Office for more information at fellowships@osu.edu.

Summer Fellowship Writing Workshop 2022

Session 1: Wednesdays noon-2 pm: June 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, July 20

Session 2: Tuesdays 5:30-7:30: June 28, July 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, and 16

This six-week workshop will take you through all the steps of writing a competitive grant application, from initial ideas to a complete draft of your proposal and personal statement. The focus will be on applications for the Fulbright process (including the study/research awards and the English teaching assistant awards) but will include lessons relevant to many fellowship applications. The workshop meets for two hours each week, and for each session you will have work to do beforehand to conceptualize/prepare aspects of the application. In the workshop we will learn about proposal writing, project design, personal statements, and securing the best letters of recommendations. Students will provide (and benefit from) peer feedback on others’ proposals, and the instructor will give both in-class and one-on-one feedback. The final meeting of each workshop (July 20 and Aug 16, respectively) is mandatory for that session’s participants.

What’s in it for you? Students will complete a draft Fulbright application before the August 23 campus deadline. Also, students who successfully complete the workshop will receive a campus endorsement for the Fulbright. And here is what last year’s participants thought:

  • “I learned so much about how to write an effective essay and personal statement. The feedback I received was SO incredibly helpful.”
  • “It was really helpful to understand the best way to frame my content and structure a Fulbright application. I found that advice very applicable to other fellowship/scholarship applications.”
  • “I knew the different reasons why I wanted the Fulbright, but I had to learn how to piece them together for the people reading my application to understand. In the workshop I learned that the 2 statements needed to be strong enough to stand-alone, and even stronger together.”
  • “The feedback, the lessons, even the lesson on how to ask someone for recommendation letters was helpful. If I hadn't started the writing process early, and had a draft at the end of the workshop, I would have struggled alone through the writing process.”

Students may sign up for one of the two sessions. The workshop will take place via Zoom. Enrollment is limited to 24 students per session. Register for the first session by Friday, May 27 for top priority. 

Please register for the workshop and indicate your session preferences here.

The course will be led by Thomas McDow, an associate professor in the History Department who led the workshop last year. Prof. McDow was a Fulbright scholar as a graduate student and has carried out research in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Over the last eighteen years, Prof. McDow has worked closely with the fellowship offices at Yale, George Mason, and Ohio State to advise and prepare candidates for national fellowship competitions. He is an enthusiastic teacher who likes to see his students succeed.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Prof. Thomas McDow (mcdow.4@osu.edu)

This workshop is made possible through the support of OSU's Office of Academic Enrichment with the cooperation of the Undergraduate Fellowship Office.