Most successful Fulbright student application cycle in two decades

FulbrightThree students have been awarded Fulbright Student Scholarship Grants for the 2018-19 academic year, making this the most successful application cycle in almost 20 years, the Office of International Programs announced.

Kelli Dixon, director of Study Abroad and Global Programs, is Wayne State’s liaison for the Fulbright student program and assists students throughout the application process. She helped applicants Dana Grandstaff, CLAS ’14, ’17, doctoral candidate Matt Lacouture and Jessica Davidov, who receives her bachelor’s this month, through the process of gathering letters of recommendation, formulating proposals and writing personal essays to meet last October’s deadline.

“When WSU students are Fulbrighters, their participation elevates WSU in a national light,” says Dixon. “It also exposes WSU as an option for international students to study when searching for a place.”

Before submitting their Fulbright proposals, students are interviewed by a panel of faculty and administrators who are Fulbright alums or have extensive experience in international research.  The purpose, says Dixon, is to help students strengthen their proposals and provide the experience of a panel interview, which takes place a month or so before the deadline so students can fine-tune their applications based on panelists’ input.

Details aren’t finalized yet, but Davidov and Grandstaff expect to be English teaching assistants in Israel and Germany, respectively, and Lacouture will be based at the University of Jordan, gathering information for his dissertation on comparative politics.

Deadline to apply for the 2019-20 student Fulbright cycle is Oct. 9, 2018. Dixon recommends students start planning for their application now because it takes time to gather the necessary paperwork. Contact her for more information at For preliminary information, students can visit  

The Office of International Programs leads Wayne State’s global engagement by creating opportunities that foster international education and research, facilitate the exchange of individuals and ideas that promote global competencies and citizenship, and provide resources that support the expansion of the university’s global agenda. Follow us on Twitter @WayneOIP.

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