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"LAS's Fulbright Competitive Edge: Mentoring program positions alumni, students for success"
By DePaul University / Insights / Fall 2018

Insights, Fall 2018

DePaul is among the top producers of Fulbright scholars in Illinois, and eight of the university’s 10 winners for 2018 majored or minored in LAS subjects. In addition, Christina Origel (International Studies ’17) received a Fulbright renewal grant to continue working as an English teaching assistant in Mexico. The Fulbright grant enables college graduates to study, conduct research or teach English abroad.

DePaul’s success stems from the system organized by Phillip Stalley, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the university’s Fulbright program advisor. Each Fulbright applicant is mentored by a team of five faculty advisors who review the application and conduct practice interviews. While DePaul has boasted Fulbright winners for more than 25 years, the number of applications, semifinalists and winners has more than tripled since Stalley implemented his program five years ago.

Alumni don’t need to be current students to apply. They may apply directly to Fulbright, but if they earned their most recent degree from DePaul, they will benefit from joining Stalley’s program.

“Alumni who are interested in pursuing a Fulbright are encouraged to apply through DePaul so they can take advantage of our faculty support committees and review processes, which can make all the difference,” says Stalley.

For more information, email him at

This year's LAS Fulbright winners and their destinations are:

  • Kathleen Anaza (International Studies, Arabic Studies, African and Black Diaspora Studies ’15), Brazil
  • Luke Borkowski (International Studies, Sociology ’17), Germany
  • Hannah Callas (Arabic Studies, Journalism ’15), Cambodia
  • Maya Irvin-Vitela (Psychology, American Studies, Sociology ’17), Spain
  • Hajrije Kolimja (English, Philosophy ’17), Albania
  • Juliana Minasian (Elementary Education, French ’18), France
  • Gabrielle Morse (German; Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies; International Politics; Religious Studies ’18), Germany
  • Kunza Shakil (International Studies, Spanish ’18), Malaysia
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