2018-06-27 / Front Page

Hannah Gellman receives prestigious Fulbright grant

Only eight Carleton seniors and recent alumnis were recently awarded prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. Greencastle resident Hannah Gellman was one of those eight.

The Fulbright exchange program allows upcoming graduates and recent alumni to participate in advanced research, international graduate study, and teaching at primary and secondary school in more than 140 countries worldwide. Around 1,900 U.S. Student grants are awarded annually in all fields of study.

While in their host countries, Carleton’s eight winners will spend a year living and learning “on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.” Among the Fulbright factors in selecting grantees: Quality and feasibility of their proposal, academic record, personal qualifications, language preparation, and an eagerness to promote active engagement with a host community.

The Fulbright project of Greencastle resident Hannah Gellman is profiled below:

Hannah Gellman ‘18

Greencastle, IN


Fulbright Location: Sri Lanka

On my Fulbright, I will be teaching English and using my experience teaching and directing theater as a classroom tool. I also hope to reconnect with theater companies that I encountered while I was studying abroad on the ISLE program. Several of these theater organizations do really fantastic work with multiethnic populations, and I would love to bring them to my host community.

When I return to Sri Lanka, I can’t wait to catch up with my professors and host families, visit new parts of the island (like the tea country and the mountains), and eat Sri Lankan food again. Having ten months to connect with such a rich culture will be an amazing opportunity. Not to mention, there won’t be any April blizzards in Sri Lanka!

Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a national top 10, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota, 45 miles south of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Best known for its academic excellence and warm, welcoming campus community, Carleton offers 37 majors and 15 concentrations in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

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