Published April 10, 2020 by Department of Russian

Two Russian Majors Receive Prestigious Fulbright Grants

The Russian Department is excited to announce that two of our senior Russian majors have won Fulbright fellowships in this year's competition. Laura Howells has received a study/research grant to Estonia for her project titled "Resilience Against Disinformation: Lessons from the Estonian Experience," and Augustus Gilchrist has been awarded an English teaching assistantship to Russia.
Augustus Gilchrist in the shadow of Mt. Kazbegi, Republic of Georgia
Augustus Gilchrist in the shadow of Mt. Kazbegi, Republic of Georgia.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Applicants for Fulbright research grants design their own projects, secure an affiliation in the host country at the time of application, and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. English teaching assistants to Russia are placed in out-of-the-way locations outside the major cities; they help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States. At the same time, ETAs are encouraged to conduct community work, engage in intensive cross-cultural interactions, and increase their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.


Laura Howells
Laura Howells

The Fulbright competition is highly competitive. In last year’s application cycle, Fulbright received approximately 5,250 applications for study/research grants and made just over 700 awards (approximately a 14% funding rate) to over 140 nations; the overall funding rate for ETA program last year was approximately 22%. Bowdoin has been one of the top-earning undergraduate institutions for Fulbright awards in recent years.