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Travel with Fulbright!

Are you a Chatham junior, senior, graduate student, or alum interested in a funded opportunity abroad?

Consider applying for the Fulbright US Student Program!

What is the Fulbright Program?

The Fulbright US Student Program funds one year of English teaching assistantship, research, or graduate study abroad. The application for grants for 2023-24 is open now with a deadline of October 12, 2022.

Where Can I Go With a Fulbright?

Applicants will select a grant opportunity in a country in East Asia, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, or the Western Hemisphere. Programs may differ in competitiveness based on the number of applicants to a specific grant opportunity.  For more information on individual programs visit the “countries” section of the Fulbright site. Grants are available to conduct research, study in a graduate program, or teach English.

Research grants

Fulbright applicants for research grants design their own projects,  usually alongside advisors at universities abroad or other institutes of higher education. The requirements vary by country and more information can be found on the country information pages. There are also field-specific award opportunitities. Creative and performing arts applicants are encouraged, with supplementary portfolios required based on their disciplines.

Study grants

Applicants may apply to study in a degree program through an Open Study/Research grant. Each country’s information page will indicate if that country accepts applications for graduate enrollment. Several countries offer named Graduate Degree Grants to specific graduate programs or institutions.

Teaching grants

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for ETA Programs can apply to only one country.

Eligibility

Applicants must be United States citizens with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent prior to the start of their grant, meaning that students who are seniors, graduate students, or alums at the time of application are eligible to apply. For more information see the eligibility section of the Fulbright website.

While applying for Fulbright can be a long process, Chatham University has resources available to help you strengthen your application.

  • Karin Chipman in the Office of International Affairs is Chatham’s Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA). She is available throughout the application process and has experience helping students in the Fulbright process. Applicants can click here to set up an appointment or reach her by email.
  • Academic Advisors: Your academic advisor and professors are helpful resources for the review of your application. Your application will be strengthened with feedback from multiple perspectives.
  • The Writing Center: The Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources (OAAR) includes a Writing Center. Fulbright applicants are encouraged to meet with the Writing Center when writing and revising their applications. Use the OAAR scheduler to make an appointment.
  • Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors: Applicants may visit the Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors page to read about and connect with a diverse group of individuals who have completed their Fulbright grants. The Fulbright Grantee Directory can also be useful to identify returnees who may have similar research, study, or teaching experiences that may relate to an applicant’s proposal.
  • Fulbright webinars, videos, and tutorials: The Fulbright program has a variety of helpful live and recorded resources on its website, including grant and location-specific sessions as well as office hours.

Questions? Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Global Focus Costa Rica – Reading with Ari Tison Resources

Chatham University’s Global Focus Program seeks to instill global competence in Chatham students by leading a campus-wide initiative focused on a specific country or region of the world over the course of an academic year through curriculum, films, lectures, performances, and cuisine. 2021-2022 is the Year of Costa Rica.

On March 15, 2022, Chatham’ Global Focus Program had the pleasure of hosting Ari Tison, an award-winning Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American poet, essayist, educator, autoethnographer, and author of YA hybrid novel SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD (2023) + Untitled YA (TBD) with FSG/BFYR. She is also forthcoming in anthologies including Latine YA anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS with Algonquin Young Readers (2022). Her poetry and essays have been published in various literary journals including POETRY’s first issue for young people. Ari has her MFA from Hamline University and teaches creative writing. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Ari Tison
Ari Tison

Following the reading, Ari shared the below resource list:

Language and Story Videos

-Follow Ditsöwö Ùnīwák on YouTube Link

Picture Book in English

-“When Woman Became the Sea” by Susan Strauss  Link

Indigenous Journalist

-Follow Johan Dominguez on Instagram Link

Land Rights & Activism

UN’s State of World’s Indigenous Peoples V.5 Published 2021 Link

New York Times “Conflicts Over Indigenous Land Grow More Violent in Central America” Link

Forest Peoples Programmes (www.forestpeoples.org)

Further Educational Sources 

University of Costa Rica Link

National Museum of Costa Rica Link

Ari Tison’s Info 

Join Ari’s Newsletter for Updates, Poetry, & Pop-Up Class Discounts + A Costa Rica-Themed Coloring Page 🙂 Link

Pre-Order Ari’s debut novel SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD at Barnes & Noble Link

Pre-Order Latine Folklore/Horror Anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS out this September! Barnes & Noble Link

Read “The Storyteller Gets Her Name” on Poetry Foundation Link

Twitter: @AriTison Instagram: @AriTisonWrites

Other Costa Rican American Authors & Poets 

John Manuel Arias http://www.johnmanuelarias.com/bio 

Gaby Orozco Belt https://gabrielabelt.com/ 

For more: Check out Latino Stories “Costa Rican Americans Making a Name for Themselves” Link

Please see Chatham’s Global Focus Program for upcoming events and more information and reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

Closing Soon: Study Abroad Scholarships

Please see the below scholarship opportunities that are closing soon.

Freeman-Asia Awards provide need-based funding to assist students studying in East or Southeast Asia with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.  Check your eligibility and application instructions.  Applications are open for Academic Year 2022-2023, including the following terms: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, Spring 2023, and Calendar Year 2023. The Application deadline is March 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM, ET.

Bridging Scholarships for study in Japan for fall 2022 are expected to open for applications shortly.

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship for fall 2022 closes on April 15, 2022.

Through the generosity of donors, a number of Chatham scholarships are offered to Chatham undergraduates for participation in semester and summer study abroad programs:

For Fall 2022:  IFSA Scholarship— Scholarships of up to $4,250 to study abroad for semester in Cyprus (Nicosia), Thailand (Mahidol) or Costa Rica (Veritas).  The deadline to apply for an IFSA Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.  Benter Scholarship – Scholarships of up to $5,000 to study abroad for a semester at any Chatham exchange or partner institution. The deadline to apply for a Benter Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.

Additionally, eligible undergraduates can have their study abroad vouchers ($1200) and  International Studies Certificate vouchers ($1800) applied toward in-person or virtual credit-bearing experiences abroad.

For information on approval of mobility-based travel beginning with summer 2022, see Chatham’s updated Travel Approval Policy.

Are you looking for information on study and internship abroad program options?  If you have any questions, or for more information on study abroad vouchers, programs and scholarships contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu or make an appointment: https://calendly.com/kchipman.

Important Update to Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy

An update to Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy now makes some travel to USDOS Level 3 and 4 locations approvable beginning with summer 2022 programs.

Please review the below policy carefully and reach out with any questions about how this may affect you and your program choice or a pending application. If you had previously delayed making plans it is not too late to apply for many summer and fall programs abroad.

Updated Travel Approval Policy 03.03.22

In line with peer institutions and in response to recent changes in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation, beginning with summer 2022, Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy has been updated.

Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy covers any travel for which a student is receiving academic credit for their activity abroad (coursework, internship, fieldwork, research, etc.). The policy states that students will be approved for travel to locations that have a US Department of State (USDOS) Travel Advisory of Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions or Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Applications to travel to locations that are Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel for COVID-19 only will be reviewed and may be approved on a case by case basis. The designation for Health Risk (H) and information on COVID-19 risk will be stated at the top of a location’s Travel Advisory, along with any other risk factors. Locations that include any other risk factor (except Health for COVID-19 only) of Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel will not be approved. Students should review the USDOS Travel Advisory Level of their travel location and contact the Office of International Affairs with any questions.

Students approved to travel to a Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel location will be required to 1) sign an Acknowledgement of Risk and Release Related to the Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory and 2) to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19; boosters are highly recommended and may be required for entry into certain countries. It is each student’s responsibility to monitor and be aware of entry requirements, including vaccine documentation, mandatory quarantine, testing, masking or any other restriction as detailed by country and local authorities.

Please note that US DOS Advisory Levels change often – please check the USDOS Travel Advisory listing regularly for any updates.

Students may apply to programs abroad that include other risk factors as designated on the USDOS Travel Advisory, including in Level 3 and Level 4 locations and be conditionally approved by Chatham, however, if the location’s Travel Advisory Level does not exclude Level 3 or Level 4 risk factors other than Health for COVID-19 by 60 days prior to the program start date, they will not be approved. It is not recommended that students make nonrefundable deposits or plans that cannot be changed until fully approved by Chatham.

As of today, some countries that could be approved under the updated policy include: Japan, Germany, Greece, France, Costa Rica, Brazil, Spain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy. United Kingdom, Jordan, Morocco, Argentina, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. These countries are Level 3 or Level 4 for Health (H) and may have other risk factors that do not exceed Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution). Please review the USDOS Travel Advisories to check other locations and to confirm advisory levels and risk factors.

Please contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

Funding for Study Abroad – Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and beyond!

Chatham students, it’s January, it’s cold and grey here in Pittsburgh and you may be starting to plan to get away for summer, next fall, and beyond.

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If you are thinking of taking your studies abroad see the below roundup of scholarships and exciting funded opportunities with upcoming deadlines to consider and apply for!

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is a funded summer study abroad program designed for students of color as part of CIEE’s commitment to open doors for all students from all backgrounds. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Fellows will explore the impact that effective leaders have had on social justice movements and critical peace and conflict resolution efforts around the world. Applicants must be a current undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior; have a minimum GPA of 3.00; be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident; identify as an ethnicity typically underrepresented on study abroad programs (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and submit a complete application no later than February 14, 2022.  Qualified applicants who are not selected as Fellows are awarded a $1.500 Frederick Douglass Scholars Grant toward a CIEE program.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three to four-week programs for US undergraduate students, who have no or very little travel experience outside North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. The Institute costs covered by the Fulbright Commission and its partner institutions include round-trip airfare; tuition and fees at the host institution; accommodation;  and in some cases, a small daily allowance for meals. Check eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions and apply by February 21, 2022.

Gilman International Scholarship – Undergraduate students who are US citizens and Pell grant recipients can apply for up to $5,000 toward a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program of at least three weeks.  The March 2022 application cycle will open soon for applicants whose programs start between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023. This cycle encompasses Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023 and Spring 2023 programs. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Freeman-Asia Awards provide need-based funding to assist students studying in East or Southeast Asia with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.  Check your eligibility and application instructions.  Applications are open for Academic Year 2022-2023, including the following terms: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, Spring 2023, and Calendar Year 2023. The Application deadline is March 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM, ET.

Through the generosity of donors, a number of Chatham scholarships are offered to Chatham undergraduates for participation in semester and summer study abroad programs:

For Summer 2022, there are several experiential learning scholarships including the Glenda Rich DeBroff Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Sally Mercke Heym Award for Cross Cultural Understanding, the Lorin Maazel- Rachel Carson Award for Environmental Field Studies and the Theo Colburn-Rachel Carson Endowed Scholarship for Environmental Field Studies. The application deadline for summer experiential learning scholarships is February 28, 2022.

For Fall 2022:  IFSA Scholarship— Scholarships of up to $4,250 to study abroad for semester in Cyprus (Nicosia), Thailand (Mahidol) or Costa Rica (Veritas).  The deadline to apply for a IFSA Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.  Benter Scholarship – Scholarships of up to $5,000 to study abroad for a semester at any Chatham exchange or partner institution. The deadline to apply for a Benter Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.

Additionally, eligible undergraduates can have their study abroad vouchers ($1200) and  International Studies Certificate vouchers ($1800) applied toward in-person or virtual credit-bearing experiences abroad.

For information on approval of in-person mobility during COVID-19, please see the blog post on Study Abroad for Summer 2021 and Future Terms.

Are you looking for information on study and internship abroad program options?  If you have any questions, or for more information on study abroad vouchers, programs and scholarships contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu or make an appointment: https://calendly.com/kchipman.

Global Focus Costa Rica: Costa Rican Murals

On November 10, the Office of International Affairs and Global Focus Costa Rica hosted 15 students for an afternoon of Costa Rican mural-inspired painting. Check out their colorful artwork!

Student Caitlin Augustine, as part of her Spanish LNG 162 course wrote the following reflection.

En el evento, mis compañeros y yo pintamos un mural de Costa Rica en un pequeño lienzo. Usamos muchos colores brillantes para representar una similitud con los murales que se encuentran en Costa Rica. Bebimos sidra de manzana y comimos bolitas de coco. Las bolitas estaban deliciosas. Son galletas con coco y galletas saladas. No soy buena dibujando, así que Natalie me ayudó a dibujar algunas frutas en mi lienzo. Usé colores brillantes para que se pareciera al mural. Mis compañeros de clase hablaron sobre a dónde queremos viajar y cómo son las clases. ¡El evento fue muy divertido!

 

For more Global Focus Costa Rica information and to learn about upcoming events, please see https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/global-focus-program.html  and contact the Office of International Affairs at internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

International Education Week (IEW) 2021

Join Chatham University and the US Department of State/US Department of Education for International Education Week (IEW) 2021 as we celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide! The theme of the week at Chatham University is Engaged Resilient Global. 

Events for this week include:

Monday, November 15, 5:00 PM

Join Chatham’s Vira I Heinz (VIH) Scholarship Program 2021 cohort for the Finding Resilience Roundtable. This presentation focuses on a discussion regarding finding resilience and motivation in unprecedented events and lost opportunity. Community resources based around arts, crafts, and mental health will be shared! Join via Zoom at https://chatham.zoom.us/j/98351013633

Tuesday, November 16

Connect with an international student today! Did you know that students from 29 different countries are studying at Chatham this semester?  The top five countries are Canada, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China.  All of our international students have so much to share and can broaden your perspectives. Please take the time to say hello and see what you can learn today.

Wednesday, November 17

Explore the international opportunities available to Chatham students. Chatham students can participate in a variety of programs, ranging from Chatham field experiences of just a few weeks to summer internships and study abroad to exchange and partner semesters and even a full academic year abroad! Learn more at https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/education-abroad.html .  Financial support and scholarship opportunities are also available.

Thursday, November 18, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Support your classmates at Chatham’s IEW Symposium, held in the Carriage House Main Lounge from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM.  Our student presenters will deliver Ted-style talks and make poster presentations on the theme of Engaged Resilient Global and the audience will vote on the best two presentations to be awarded gift card prizes.

Friday, November 19

Pittsburgh has so much to offer! Round out this year’s IEW by learning more about local, global organizations, including Global Links, GlobalPittsburgh, World Affairs Council, and many more.  Check out these organizations and more resources to see how you can engage locally at the below links: https://theglobalswitchboard.org/  https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/category/topic/international-organizations

 

We hope you enjoy IEW 2021.

Please email internationalaffairs@chatham.edu or stop by our offices in Falk Hall, lower level for more information.

Fully Funded Summer 2022 Study Abroad – CLS Program

The application is now open for the 2022 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS Program is a fully funded study abroad program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that provides intensive overseas language and cultural immersion and is open to U.S. students enrolled in all degree programs at Chatham. The deadline to apply is November 16, 2021.

Through CLS, students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages and earn academic credit for their work. The scholarship includes travel expenses, coursework, group excursions, and even a small stipend to cover your daily living expenses. Most languages offered by the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths; students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts, and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Please take a look at the recorded CLS information sessions, including sessions specific to the 15 separate language programs and a session for beginners who may not know where to begin when selecting a language for their application. Recordings of these webinars are available here.

Our office is here to support you in applying for this and other international opportunities! Please reach out to set up an appointment if you’re interested in more information, or want help brainstorming how learning a language could benefit your future career.  Contact us! Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Summer 2022 Chatham Field Experiences!

shows students on a Chatham field experience

Field experience students in Greece, 2019

Chatham Summer 2022 Field Experiences are now open for application! Program options are:

Costa Rica: Biodesign and Sustainability, Prof. Saglinda Roberts

Greece: Discovery Course, Dr. Carrillo and Dr. Lettan

Taiwan: Tunghai Summer Mini-Semester, Dr. Kingsbury and Dr. Tippen

Please click on the above links for program details and application information. The application deadline is 12/3/2021.

Important Notes:

  1. At this time, Summer 2022 field experiences are conditionally approved and will only run if health and safety conditions, including visa and entry restrictions, US Dept. of State Travel Advisory and CDC Travel Health Notice for each location, permit. Chatham does not approve study abroad to US Dept. of State locations with a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory; or to locations with a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 3. Restrictions on entry, including quarantine and testing requirements, and other travel conditions may also affect Chatham’s ability to offer these field experiences.
  2. Chatham will announce a decision on if summer 2022 study abroad will be permitted by early January 2022. There is no risk or cost to students in applying for a summer field experience. Deposits for students participating in these field experiences would not be due until after the January 2022 announcement.
  3. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, conditions may require changes to field experience programs, including program dates, cost, facilities, activities, transportation, and itinerary. Students considering participating in these field experiences will need to be flexible, understand the risks of participation, and will be required to agree to health and safety protocols and any restrictions put in place by Chatham, in-country partners, and country, regional and local agencies. Chatham is monitoring travel conditions and is working closely with in-country partners for updates on current protocols, restrictions and health and safety information. Chatham is committed to transparency in communicating information that may affect these field experience programs.
  4. Students may apply their $1,200 study abroad voucher toward any of these field experiences. This one-time voucher is available to each undergraduate student who has 30+ credits, at least 15 of which have been completed at Chatham. Students do not need to apply for the study abroad voucher; it is applied to your Chatham account for the term in which you study abroad, reducing the amount you pay by $1,200. For the Costa Rica and Taiwan field experiences, students completing an International Studies Certificate may apply their $1,800 certificate funding toward the program cost. For more information the International Studies Certificates, please see the Certificate checklists at https://my.chatham.edu/tools/_departments/advising/checklists/ Eligible students should complete the International Certificate verification form and have your International Certificate advisor sign the bottom half of the form. Please submit completed verification forms to the Office of International Affairs, Falk Hall lower level, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.
  5. Students may apply for Chatham experiential learning scholarships which offer summer funding (application deadline is 2/28/22). These awards are competitive as funding is limited. For  application and more details on Chatham experiential learning scholarships see https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/scholarships-and-vouchers.html 
  6. Students who receive Federal Pell grants may be eligible to use Pell funding toward summer programs of 6 or more credits, including the Costa Rica and Taiwan field experiences (please contact Office of Financial Aid for details of your financial aid award) and should consider applying for a Gilman Scholarship for additional funding (there are two application deadlines -10/5/21 and 3/1/22 for summer 2022 study abroad).

Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions on Chatham field experiences or other study abroad opportunities.