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Recent Graduate Heads to South Korea as Fulbright Student

Recent Graduate Heads to South Korea as Fulbright Student


By Alli Bates ’16

Recent English Creative Writing and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies graduate Josh Brandon '16 received some exciting news as he prepared for graduation this spring. He was selected as a finalist for a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to South Korea. He will be representing the country as a cultural ambassador.

While he is overseas, he will help to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and South Koreans. Brandon will join more than 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

“I initially heard about and applied for this award through Otterbein,” Brandon explained. “Otterbein has its own Fulbright committee. The process began in July and lasted until October when students met with the committee before sending off their completed applications.”

The award Brandon applied for and received is called an English Teaching Assistantship, or ETA.

“From July of 2016 until July of 2017, I will be teaching English as a second language to students in South Korea. I will also be doing some community engagement in order to build positive relations between our two countries,” Brandon said.

While he is overjoyed to teach English to students in South Korea, Brandon is also extremely excited to engage with and experience a culture very different from his own, as well as having the opportunity to travel.

“I've only been outside of the country once, which was to Canada, and have had very little travel experience past that due to financial constraints,” said Brandon.

Although the program will last for a full year, Brandon is already thinking ahead to his future.

“After I return, I am planning on pursuing an MFA in creative non-fiction,” he said.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.


Learn more about Otterbein's Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies major and the Department of English.

Discover more about the Fulbright Scholar Program on their website.