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William Avis
Industrial Design
Germany
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) 2021-22
William Avis

William Avis (Industrial Design, ’21) was awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship. The fellowship is funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, and annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

William will complete two months of intensive German language training followed by a semester of classes in Germany. The program concludes with a three-month internship in Germany related to his field of study.

“Upon returning from a positive study abroad experience in Copenhagen, Denmark, I wanted to seek out other avenues for work or study abroad,” says William. “My long-term goals are to work abroad in a design firm, incorporating knowledge of multi-cultural design into my work. I believe all international experience is positive because learning about other cultures and people creates more empathy in the world. The CBYX program aligns with my goal of learning and expanding my cultural experience.” 


RIT students interested in applying for the CBYX fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Patrick Edwards
Economics
England
Gilman Scholarship 2021-2022
Patrick Edwards

Patrick will be studying at Oxford University in England in fall 2021. “I chose to attend Oxford because their tutorial system and research institutions, like the Institute of New Economic Thinking, aligns well with my coursework at RIT and what I hope to pursue after graduation,” says Patrick. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Patrick is considering attending graduate school abroad and hopes his semester at Oxford will help prepare him. “Studying abroad for a semester as an undergrad will give me a sense of what a longer stay abroad would be like and if that is something I will want to pursue in the future,” he says.

Patrick's tips for applying for study abroad scholarships:

1) Start your applications early! I applied for the Gilman scholarship only a few days before the application deadline, and it was hectic getting everything in on time.
2) Use your resources to find as many scholarships as possible to apply to - it’s free money! I talked to my study abroad advisor and program manager about scholarships from the beginning, and they were able to direct me to several different scholarships, which have made my program to Oxford possible.
3) To save time, write one strong personal statement that can be easily adjusted for most study abroad scholarship essays. Most scholarships ask the same general type of essay questions. I saved myself a lot of time and effort by writing one general essay and making minor adjusts to that essay to meet the specific requirements and/or mission of other scholarships. 


The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad. Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

RIT students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Santosh Pardhan
Criminal Justice
Gilman Scholarship 2021-2022
Santosh Pardhan

As an Gilman Scholarship awardee, Santosh hopes to study abroad in the spring 2022 semester and is exploring program options that would fit well with his Criminal Justice coursework at RIT. “Study abroad is one of the unique ways college students can evaluate and expand their knowledge, and I’m genuinely grateful to be a Gilman Scholarship recipient,” says Santosh. Experiencing new ideas and perspectives, traveling, and making new friends and unforgettable memories is what Santosh looks forward to while studying abroad.


The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad. Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

RIT students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Ashley Tucker
Biomedical Sciences; Biology
Nigeria
Fulbright Student
Ashley Tucker

Ashley will conduct a research project at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, working with the malaria research group led by Professor Catherine Falade, Director of the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine. Her research will study rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) used to diagnose malaria in Nigeria and how the deletion of Histidine-Rich Proteins in RDTs can lead to malaria misdiagnosis. “This research will provide Nigeria with information on the regions with the highest prevalence of these mutations, which interfere with the proper diagnosis and treatment of malaria, a fatal parasitic disease,” Ashley says.

After completing her Fulbright research, Ashley will pursue further study in an MD-PhD program. “This award provides me with the extraordinary opportunity to work in a research lab to further develop my bench techniques while working on a project to benefit my host country of Nigeria,” she says. “Experiencing a new culture will strengthen my appreciation for lifestyles and beliefs that differ from mine and will be a great benefit when working with patients from different backgrounds,” she says.

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious award that provides funding to study for a master’s degree, complete an independent research project, or teach English for up to a year outside the U.S. During their grant period, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country.

RIT students or alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Tyler Pugeda
Applied Sciences
Germany
Fulbright Student
Tyler Pugeda

Tyler will work on a research project based at Charité Hospital in Berlin that investigates a possible mechanism for Alzheimer's disease. “While there are drugs that alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer's, it is frustrating that there are no approved treatments to slow the progression of the disease. However, my Fulbright work could lead to the first groundbreaking therapy that slows the progression of Alzheimer's. It could also extend the use of this research to treat other neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's,” says Tyler.

With an interest in pursuing an MD-PhD degree, Tyler’s research supports his goal of translating scientific discoveries into groundbreaking therapeutics to improve medical care. “As an aspiring physician-scientist, navigating cultural and linguistic barriers in Germany will give me greater insight into how non-native patients cope with such barriers in the U.S.,” he says.

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious award that provides funding to study for a master’s degree, complete an independent research project, or teach English for up to a year outside the U.S. During their grant period, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country.

RIT students or alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Matthias Hausman
Mechanical Engineering; International & Global Studies
Germany
Fulbright Student
Matthias Hausman

As an English Teaching Assistant (ETA), Matthias will teach English language in Germany. After studying abroad in Germany in 2019, Matthias wanted to pursue a Fulbright award to have an in-depth cultural experience in Germany and perfect his German language skills. “By teaching, I will be regularly interacting with many Germans of various perspectives, from which I will be able to learn many more perspectives about Germany, and it's culture than I have before,” he says.

Matthias’ long-term goals include pursuing a career in international affairs focusing on energy and environmental policy topics and how international institutions can achieve progress in those policy areas. “This award will help me as it will give me greater experience living and working abroad, which would be helpful in such an internationally focused area. Since Germany is a leader in those policy areas, I will have greater exposure to see how their actions are perceived domestically,” says Matthias.

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious award that provides funding to study for a master’s degree, complete an independent research project, or teach English for up to a year outside the U.S. During their grant period, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country.

RIT students or alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Hira Abid
Chemical Engineering
Turkey
Fulbright Student
Hira Abid

As a Fulbright Scholar Hira will study at Koҫ University in Istanbul, Turkey, to earn a graduate degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering. With experience as a research assistant in polymers and nanomaterials, Hira wanted to learn even more about biotechnology and bolster her growing interest in gene therapies and is excited about pursuing the coursework in Istanbul. 

Fascinated with Turkey from a young age, she remembers watching Turkish dramas on television, dubbed in Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. Even then, she imagined herself in Turkey, enjoying the culture and its people. “I’ve always noticed that Turkey was a mix of East and West together. That’s what I feel I am more comfortable with, and that is how I see myself,” she says.

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious award that provides funding to study for a master’s degree, complete an independent research project, or teach English for up to a year outside the U.S. During their grant period, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country.

RIT students or alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Sam Hebbar
Biomedical Engineering
Germany
DAAD RISE 2021-22
Sam Hebbar

As a DAAD RISE awardee Sam’s will work with Technische Universität Kaiserslautern in Germany on a project to develop a simple, easy-to-use, and portable electric photometer to measure the quality of wine in an industrial setting. “As a Biomedical engineer, I am interested in one day designing and manufacturing biomedical devices that can make healthcare more accurate and accessible to people all over the world. While the product I'll be working on during this experience isn't related to the biomedical device industry, it will give me the tools and experience I need to one day reach that goal,” Sam says. "I think it is important for everyone to get out of their comfort zone once in a while in order to open their minds to a diverse set of experiences. Traveling and working abroad for a few months is ideal for this because it gives you a chance to explore and embrace an entirely new culture with the safety net of knowing that you'll be back home soon enough," she says. 

The DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) grant gives students the opportunity assist with research in Germany in science and engineering.


RIT students interested in applying for a DAAD Rise fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Alissa Mann
Electrical Engineering
Germany
DAAD RISE 2021-22
Alissa Mann

As a DAAD RISE grant awardee, Alissa will work with Technische Universität Dortmund in Germany, researching electromagnetic and thermal field simulation related to high-voltage cables current transmission. The research project will also involve fiber-optic voltage and electric field strength sensing based on optical pockels-effect. The opportunity to work on an electrical engineering project with a German university was an experience she did not want to pass up. “Having this experience will give me a new perspective, get out of my comfort zone and experience new things,” Alissa says.

The DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) grant gives students the opportunity assist with research in Germany in science and engineering.


RIT students interested in applying for a DAAD Rise fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Imani Stone
Biomedical Sciences
Canada
Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link 2021
Imani Stone

As a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link awardee Imani will assist with research at the University of Montreal on a computational neuroscience project to examine how social norms and hierarchy impact brain function and processes. “I wanted to gain research experience, and the fact that the research would be international was a major draw for me. I'm excited to explore an area of interest and connect with experts in the field,” says Imani. With collaboration being a cornerstone of working in a scientific field, the opportunity to work on a global team will be especially fruitful. “It's important to work with people who have different perspectives, and I think it will help me become a better scientist,” she says. "Because this internship focuses on neuroscience and behavior, I will come away with a greater understanding of both neuroscience and with an idea of what it's like to work in a lab and what career opportunities there are," says Imani.

The Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link program provides undergraduate students from universities in the United States with the opportunity to be part of a 10 to 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in various academic disciplines, from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.


RIT students interested in applying for a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Ryan Brown
Mechanical Engineering
Canada
Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link 2021
Ryan Brown

As a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link awardee Ryan will work with the University of Montreal to develop robotic “bee” vision by using CAD and Python to work on a drone that “sees” like a bee. “I pursued this award because I enjoy learning about nature and aerospace technology, and this project covers both,” says. Working with a team of researchers in Montreal will also allow him to use his French language skills while gaining experience working on a diverse team. "I look forward to doing research after I graduate, whether it be at a lab, Ph.D. program, or in research and development. I believe that there is so much to learn outside what we are comfortable with. Learning from those with a completely different background can really enhance life," Ryan says.

The Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link program provides undergraduate students from universities in the United States with the opportunity to be part of a 10 to 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in various academic disciplines, from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.


RIT students interested in applying for a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Margo McBrearty
Biology
Canada
Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link 2021
Margo McBrearty

As a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link awardee Margo’s research assignment at the University of Montreal will analyze the pathways of potential microRNAs used in the infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) vaccines. This research experience will help further her future academic goals of earning a master’s degree in global health and eventually a Ph.D. in virology. “I’ll be able to work with others who are also interested in viral diseases. I hope to use what I learn to help lessen the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations,” she says. "I want to work in an international career so gaining insight into how it works, from the interpersonal skills to the hard science information, and experiencing how things are done in a global setting will be very valuable," says Margo. 

The Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link program provides undergraduate students from universities in the United States with the opportunity to be part of a 10 to 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in various academic disciplines, from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.


RIT students interested in applying for a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Nolan Ames
Physics
Canada
Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link 2021
Nolan Ames

As a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link awardee Nolan will assist with research at University of Alberta Edmonton on a project titled "Spatial Modeling of Animal Movements" in summer 2021. “Essentially, I'll be mathematically modeling how animals interact and move,” he says. Working on an international research project in Physics will help Nolan determine his career plans after graduating. “I already had an internship at a company in industry, and this program will give me a chance to see how I feel about the field of research,” he says. 

The Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link program provides undergraduate students from universities in the United States with the opportunity to be part of a 10 to 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in various academic disciplines, from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.


RIT students interested in applying for a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Claudia Sanchez
New Media Interactive Development
Japan
Critical Language Scholarship 2021
Claudia Sanchez

As a Critical Language Scholarship awardee Claudia will be studying Japanese language through a program hosted by Okayama University in Japan in summer 2021. As a New Media Interactive Development major, Claudia’s future career will rely heavily on multidisciplinary teamwork and the insight and innovation of people with a wide diversity of experience. “Language barriers are just one of many facets of accessibility that need to be considered in both media and the world - and when we work through them, the results are rewarding! In that way, I study Japanese to better appreciate what those different from myself have to offer, and in turn, help spread that to others while offering my own contributions,” says Claudia. “I hope to work in Japan in the future. The Critical Language Scholarship is a great launching pad to improve my skills and consider how to incorporate Japanese language in my future career plans,” she says.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program provides exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States with the opportunity to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. With an acceptance rate of less than 10%, the Critical Language Scholarship is one of the most competitive scholarships in the U.S. and the most prestigious language program for U.S. citizens.


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically increase the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. RIT students interested in applying for the Critical Language Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Sarah Sabal
Applied Modern Languages & Cultures
Taiwan
Critical Language Scholarship 2021, Boren Award 2021-22
Sarah Sabal

As a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) awardee, Sarah will be studying Chinese language at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan in summer 2021.

With a major in Applied Chinese Language and Culture and double minors in International Business and Digital Marketing, Sarah is interested in the explosive growth of the Asian business market and the need to develop an accurate understanding of the business environment. “As a future citizen diplomat of the United States, I want my contribution to be as meaningful as possible, which will require an in-depth understanding of the local language and culture to ensure that the messages being transmitted and received are accurately understood,” says Sarah. Studying abroad in the local language will provide her the opportunity to bring back skills and experiences that she can apply directly to her degree program at RIT. “I plan to seek an internship in a Chinese-speaking country before graduating from RIT to understand further how global businesses operate in East Asia and Pacific regions,” she says.


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically increase the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. RIT students interested in applying for the Critical Language Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Michael Bashta
Computer Science
Russia
Critical Language Scholarship 2021
Michael Bashta

As a Critical Language Scholarship awardee Michael will be studying Russian language through the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic during the summer of 2021. “I pursued this award to advance my Russian-speaking skills, particularly in an immersive environment,” says Michael. His long-term career goals include contributing to the science and engineering world, and he hopes this award will give him the tools needed to advance American interests abroad, especially in technology and cybersecurity.  Read Michael's blog about his experience.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program provides exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States with the opportunity to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. With an acceptance rate of less than 10%, the Critical Language Scholarship is one of the most competitive scholarships in the U.S. and the most prestigious language program for U.S. citizens.


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically increase the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. RIT students interested in applying for the Critical Language Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Daeya Shealy
Industrial Design
Germany
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) 2021-22
Daeya Shealy

Daeya Shealy (Industrial Design, ’21) was awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship. The fellowship is funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, and annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

Daeya will complete two months of intensive German language training followed by a semester of classes in Germany. The program concludes with a three-month internship in Germany related to her field of study.

“Living in Germany has been an aspiration of mine since I started learning the language in 4th grade. Germany has a rich history in design education and practice, from the advent of the printing press to the founding of the Bauhaus School. As I expand my design practice, I continue to be inspired by the innovative, sustainable products and systems in Germany,” says Daeya. "Since a young age, it has been important to me to be a responsible global citizen. To me, this means actively working to understand diverse cultural perspectives and cultivate compassion for others," she says. 

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RIT students interested in applying for the CBYX fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Emily Mahoney
Chemistry
Canada
Fulbright Canada-Mitacs Globalink Program 2020
Emily Mahoney

Emily Mahoney, a 4th-year Chemistry major in the RIT College of Science was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Canada-Mitacs Globalink Program Fellowship for the summer of 2020. This summer internship gives U.S. undergraduate students the opportunity to assist on advanced research projects in Canada in the areas of science, engineering, math and social sciences.

After spending her fall 2019 semester studying abroad at the University of Oxford in England, Emily was interested in gaining additional international experience, this time in a research capacity. Through the Fulbright Canada-Mitacs award, Emily was assigned to assist with research at the University of British Columbia under the direction of Dr. Shyh-Dar Li in the area of utilizing nanoparticles for genome editing. While Emily would have been working on the synthesis of the nanoparticles and the drug delivery system itself, the program was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fulbright Canada Mitacs Global Link program provides undergraduate students from universities in the United States with the opportunity to be part of a 10 to 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in various academic disciplines, from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.


RIT students interested in applying for a Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Lucy Brown
International Business
Croatia
Gilman Scholarship 2019-2020
Lucy Brown

"I thought about studying abroad since high school - I knew it was something I wanted to experience in my life. I chose to go to Croatia, primarily because the program and courses offered were exactly the courses I would be taking in Rochester, and I would be amongst many people in my same major, but in a completely new country!

Overall, my semester in Croatia was a great learning experience, and is the most exciting thing I have ever done. Most importantly, I learned a lot about myself and what I was capable of. As someone who had never been far away from family and friends, this was completely new to me and a huge adjustment I had to make. It was difficult, and at times felt too scary and overwhelming to handle, but I became stronger as a result and I persevered even when things were hard. I took time for myself outside of classes, explored nearby countries and cities and met some awesome people along the way. I came back with a better understanding of the world, a love for Croatia and desire to travel even more!

I definitely recommend doing your research when looking at study abroad scholarships, and figuring out what kind of scholarship would benefit you the most. The Gilman Scholarship was great because the funds I was awarded went towards travel, food and other necessities which was very helpful while abroad."


The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad. Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

RIT students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Sojourner Coles
Political Science
South Africa, Spain, Italy
Gilman Scholarship 2019-2020
Sojourner Coles

"When I started my college career, having the ability to study abroad was one of the most important aspects of choosing a college.  Traveling abroad has been a part of my life since I was very young and studying abroad gave me the opportunity to see the world and continue my studies.

Personally and academically I learned more about the world and my world view. Before studying abroad my focus was very much American oriented when it came to politics and social inequality. But traveling and learning abroad has helped me understand how intertwined the world actually is and that some social fights are bigger than my city and country.

My advice for study abroad scholarships is to apply early, and apply often. There is tons of money out there that people and organizations are willing to give, as long as you apply. Write the essays and fill out the application no matter how tedious it may seem because in the end receiving the money is worth it."


The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad. Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

RIT students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Miles Hood
Communication
Argentina, South Africa, England
Gilman Scholarship 2019-2020
Miles Hood

"I decided to study abroad because I’m from Rochester and after being in the same city for 21 years I needed a chance to see something new and I needed a refresh on life in general. 

Personally, I have gained so much from the experience. I have so many friends all around the world now and have plans to return to these locations and see more in the future. I was also able to explore who I was and what I wanted in my life going forward. 

Academically, I was able to enjoy school again; it didn’t feel like a traditional semester and that gave me an energy that I hadn’t felt since I was a freshman in 2016. I looked forward to class almost every day and field trips were amazing as well. 

When looking for study abroad scholarships I recommend starting with the RIT Education Abroad office, the financial aid office, and your academic department. After that, head to Google and find as many scholarships as possible and if necessary start a Go Fund Me page - you’d be surprised how many people want to support you." 


The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad. Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

RIT students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Victoria Maung
Medical Illustration
Malaysia
Fulbright Student 2020-2021
Victoria Maung

Victoria Maung has won the prestigious Fulbright Student Program award sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. As an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awardee, Maung will teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Drawing on her previous teaching experience as a camp instructor for Digital Media Academy and a STEM-Leadership camp for Emirati students, Maung hopes to use art, drawing, story boarding and visual design to engage her students in Malaysia.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious award that provides funding to study for a master’s degree, complete an independent research project, or teach English for up to a year outside the U.S. During their grant period, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country.

RIT students or alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Isha Mehta
Graphic Design
Germany
Gilman Scholarship 2018-2019
Isha Mehta

"Study abroad is a rare opportunity that I wanted to seize because it suited me perfectly. I wanted to learn and gain experiences not only from a classroom and textbooks, but also from traveling, other cultures and the European education system. After all, it's a perfect opportunity to travel for a whole semester while you're in college!

Studying abroad teaches you so many valuable skills and tactics that you can never learn from a book. I learned how to completely start from scratch in a new country without any of my friends or family. I learned how to go out of my comfort zone, try new things, solve issues solely on my own and become more independent. Academically, I learned integrated design, how to expand my creativity and do more experimental work.

In your scholarship essays, be honest with your answers and be genuine. Really tell them your true intentions on why you want to study aboard and be specific. Most importantly, work very closely with your study abroad advisor."


The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad. Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

IT students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Erin Binkley
Erin Binkley
Sign Language Interpreting
Italy
Gilman Scholarship 2018-2019
Erin Binkley

"I decided to study abroad because I wanted to learn about a new language and culture. As an ASL-English interpreting student, I know it is important to always strive to be more culturally aware and I thought studying abroad would be a great opportunity to learn about another country’s culture: both hearing and Deaf. By studying abroad, I’m hoping to learn more about myself and the world. This will help me both personally, and in my career as an interpreter.

My advice for anyone thinking about apply for scholarships would be to find ones that you meet the qualifications for and apply, even if you don’t think you will get them. It can’t hurt to try! If you need help finding scholarships to apply for, talk to the study abroad office or other people who have studied abroad."


The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad. Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

RIT students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Ashley Gleason
Health Sciences
Netherlands
Gilman Scholarship 2018-2019
Ashley Gleason

"I wanted to study abroad because coming from a small, rural town in Western NY, I had no experience being in another country ... not even Canada! I wanted to go out and see the world during my time at RIT because college is the best time for me to do so, as I could work to fund study abroad and apply for financial aid.

Academically, I hope to benefit from my interdisciplinary studies abroad by bringing new perspectives from Amsterdam into how I see healthcare here in the U.S. Personally, I hope that I gain more self-confidence as I will be experiencing many firsts abroad -  flying by myself, coordinating bookings and transportation plans, and traveling in a city I don't know.

If you’re interested in applying for study abroad scholarships start early! Think about your identity, financial status, any interesting traits/hobbies you have, etc. and look for scholarships that match those! Also, your study abroad advisors and financial aid advisor will be your best friends throughout the entire process (my financial aid advisor was a godsend for me), so consult with them often!"


The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides funding for U.S. students to study abroad. Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

RIT students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Andrew Ramsey
Computer Engineering
Austria
Fulbright Student 2019-2020
Andrew Ramsey

As a Fulbright Scholar Andrew will research innovative ways to improve the methods that drones use to determine their position, enabling navigation without GPS. Such technologies will allow drones to assist with search and rescue operations in difficult terrain such as dense forests or steep mountains where GPS might not be reliable. Andrew's research will be carried out in conjunction with Dr. Andrea Tonello of Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious award that provides funding to study for a master’s degree, complete an independent research project, or teach English for up to a year outside the U.S. During their grant period, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country.

RIT students or alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Alana Smith
Applied Arts & Sciences
Denmark
Gilman Scholarship 2017-2018
Alana Smith
Guillermo Burgos
Applied Arts & Sciences
Croatia
Gilman Scholarship 2017-2018
Guillermo Burgos
Alexandria Shumway
Bioinformatics
Germany
DAAD RISE 2018-2019
Alexandria Shumway

As a DAAD RISE awardee Alexandria will assist with a research project in Germany during summer 2019. She will will be working on the study of intestinal inflammation, particularly in those affected by inflammatory bowel disease and other chronic disorders and will be looking at specific genes involved in cell death within the intestines to better understand what role they play in chronic diseases.

The DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) grant gives students the opportunity assist with research in Germany in science and engineering.


RIT students interested in applying for a DAAD Rise fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Nathaniel Thomas
International and Global Studies
Bhutan
Gilman Scholarship 2017-2018
Nathaniel Thomas
Leo Holman
Digital Human & Social Sciences
China
Gilman Scholarship 2017-2018
Leo Holman
Brian Williams
Finance
Ireland
Fulbright Student 2017-2018
Brian Williams

As a Fulbright Scholar Brian will enroll in the Masters of Finance degree program at Dublin City University (DCU) in order to explore the role of foreign direct investment (FDI) from multinational companies in the development process for poor countries.  He will further specialize by studying risk management to evaluate risks and impact of FDI on these countries and companies.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious award that provides funding to study for a master’s degree, complete an independent research project, or teach English for up to a year outside the U.S. During their grant period, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country.

RIT students or alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.

Elizabeth Dzivulsky
Elizabeth Dzivulsky
Economics
UAE
COLA Student Travel Fund 2017-2018
Elizabeth Dzivulsky

I decided to study abroad because I want an international experience where I will be able to grow and develop as a person, student and future economist. I have always been interested in the business world and as an Economics and Public Policy double major I am developing skills to excel in various political and business fields. Being the business capital of the world, Dubai is the perfect place for me to study. I am so excited for the cultural adventures I will experience in and out of the classroom.

For future scholarship applications, I suggest to get started early so you can find the perfect one for your studies. Working with the Education Abroad office led me to apply to the RIT Dubai study abroad program. There are a plethora of different opportunities students can access through the Education Abroad office. In your essay, highlight why the study abroad program you have chosen is a good fit for your academic program and how it will benefit you in your career.