Portfolio Reviewer: Erin Treacy, Fulbright Advisor

Fulbright Scholarship website

Do what you love, in another country, with a Fulbright Fellowship. 

Fulbright Fellowship participants pursue graduate or professional study, advanced research or English teaching in elementary and secondary schools or universities. Each year approximately 1,500 Americans traveling to more the 130 counties receive support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A./BFA graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards full grants to visual artists for international study and independent research in over 140 countries. Students are also eligible for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). ETAs help teach English language skills while serving as a cultural ambassador of the U.S. Applicants should begin the application process during Spring 2013, in order to apply when they return to campus in the fall. Additionally, MICA supports alumni applications and works with remote applicants throughout the process via web conferencing and phone meetings.

Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. An essential component of the grant is how the Fulbrighter “engages in the community” of their host country. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding through engagement in the community and on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Recent MICA projects have involved traditional methods of weaving and natural dying in Peru, documentary photography in Panama, textile design in Cambodia, landscape painting in Iceland, a study of trade materials and their source cultures in Mauritius, and contemporary artistic expression in India.

If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2014-2015 cycle, NOW is the time to begin your application. 

Stop by MICA’s Fulbright table to learn more. You are welcome to bring proposal ideas, contact names you have made in your country of proposed application, or your portfolio for review. I am happy to help you begin your application process.

To learn more about the Fulbright program visit https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about.html

Jack Kent Cook Grant

Erin Treacy is also the Jack Kent Cooke (JCK) Advisor for MICA. The JCK Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. The application cycle for 2014 will open in November 2013. If you have questions, please stop by.