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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. The department of languages had more than 15 Fulbright Teaching Assistance in the last 20 years or so. (See the list for more details.) Please see the students' testimonials after they completed the Fulbrigth Fellowship program.

For more information, please check the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about

For application procedures at Clemson, please check the Calhoun Honors College Fellowships links:

http://www.clemson.edu/cuhonors/current-students/enrichment/fellowships/index.html

http://www.clemson.edu/cuhonors/current-students/enrichment/fellowships/documents/Whats_New_in_Fulbright2017-18.pdf

Students' Testimonials

Brett Mills (2012) (German and History)

Brett Mills graduated from Clemson in 2012 with a dual degree in History and German. During her Fulbright year, she taught English language and US culture in a middle school in Jena, Germany. Upon returning to the US she took a 2-year position with Teach For America in Manning, SC. She is currently employed as a Project Integration Manager with the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in Charleston. Dr. Michael Meng (History) mentored and coached Brett during the application process

Britt Mills
Brett Mills with two of her soccer students in Jena, Germany


Dorothy Behre (2013) (Chinese and English double majors)

My Fulbright year in Taiwan was an incredible opportunity not only to enrich the knowledge base that I built at Clemson through language study and cultural immersion, but also to build upon it in new, surprising ways. Teaching English to young Taiwanese students, many of whom couldn’t find the United States on a map and had never met a foreigner before our class, was an inspirational experience that gave me a different perspective on my own country and language. More importantly, the honesty and enthusiasm of my 4th and 5th grade students presented me with the special privilege to learn about their hopes, dreams and daily struggles. I will always cherish my time spent teaching English as a Fulbright ETA, and only hope that I taught my students as much as they taught me about our different cultures and what we all share in common. In addition to my students and co-teachers, I met many incredible people who remain important figures in my life, and who inspired me to continue my journey in Taiwan for two more years to pursue my Master’s degree. While my Fulbright year gave me the support network and skills to achieve my academic and career goals, Taiwan gave me love, friendship, and unforgettable memories.

Chrissie Schalkoff

My Fulbright year in Germany gave me the chance to be immersed in a new language and culture, and meet unexpected friends whose lives and worldviews were completely different than my own. I especially loved mentoring and befriending the students I taught; I was inspired by their curiosity and eagerness to learn about my own country and language. However, my time abroad was not without its challenges. The experience was often quite isolating, and while the Fulbright program teaches you to be self-reliant, that journey can be lonely and lacking in support. Yet overall, teaching English shaped my life in ways I never could have predicted, but for which I am immensely grateful. The most unexpected – but for me, most important – impact of the Fulbright Program was actually how it changed my view of my home. Spending a year in a foreign environment allowed me to explore the complicated web of history, politics, and culture that is unique to every country, and seeing this dynamic play out in Germany helped me view the United States in a new light. I came home with the desire to understand and engage with the contentious political and cultural realities of my home country, and discovered a deeper appreciation for the roots that have shaped America, in all its beautiful complexity. Germany will always hold a special place in my heart, but perhaps its greatest gift was this – it taught me, for the first time in my life, to understand the meaning of being an American.

Chrissie Schalkoff

Chrissie Schalkoff with students

Amanda Pridmore (2014)

I am Amanda Pridmore, a Clemson University Graduate of Political Science and Philosophy in 2014. I have recently been awarded a Young Professional Journalism Fulbright Grant to Germany for 2017-2018. My project deals with the development of funding behind German Holocaust memorials projects, and the effect of funding sources on the pedagogy produced in a memorial space. Through my Fulbright Grant, I will be researching this development in archives across Germany, as well as working for a German-based Journalism Company to publish articles concerning the intersection of memorials and political funding. This project is supported by the Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) as well as the Topography of Terror. My hope with this project is to increase the international understanding of finance within memorial projects, and to gain a greater understanding of the German Memorial construct. This grant and project would not be possible without the overwhelming support of Clemson University, the wonderful professors in the Political Science, Philosophy, and German Section, and the advice of my Clemson Fulbright Committee.

Amanda Pridmore