A Seton Hall University graduate student has won a Fulbright Scholarship that will take her to Norway for ten months. Julia Edwards, an MA candidate in the Whitehead School of Diplomacy & International Relations, is one of only two U.S. students to be awarded a position in Norway’s Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program this year.
Edwards’ Fulbright application detailed her teaching experience and her background in Model United Nations activities - an activity she expects to organize in her Norwegian institution. Letters of support from Dr. Philip Moremen (School of Diplomacy & International Relations), Dr. Lynn Kuzma (University of Southern Maine), and Liliya Panayev (Montclair High School) detailed Edwards’ background and qualifications as both ambitious and exemplary.
After a two-day orientation in Oslo this coming August, Edwards will begin her placement as an ETA. For the duration of her stay, the Fulbright award will pay for all transportation, living, and medical insurance expenses. Upon her return to the U.S., Edwards aims to become a high school teacher, using her extensive international experience to broaden her students’ education.
Edwards is the third Seton Hall student to become a Fulbright Scholar. Both previous awards were for student research. In a 2004-2005 Fulbright award to Belgium and Luxembroug, Yevgeniy E. Oleynikov studied European Union foreign policy toward the U.S. In 1994-1995, Theresa M. Napolitano studied Sweden’s role in regional civilian defense while on a Fulbright award to that county.
Seton Hall’s growing Fulbright initiative is an important aspect of the university’s increasing internationalization efforts. While only two SHU students applied for a Fulbright awards in 2007-2008, eleven applied in this year’s cycle, including Edwards. The university’s Fellowships Advisor, Dr. James J. Kimble, hopes to hear word of additional Fulbright awards in the coming weeks. Students in next year’s senior class and any graduate students interested in a Fulbright application in the upcoming application cycle should contact Kimble to prepare their application, due in mid-September. The program supports study and teaching grants in over 140 countries across the world.
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