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Fulbright logoDid you know that Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs offer several opportunities for faculty and students to teach, conduct research or consult with scholars and institutions abroad?

Join the growing list of Detroit Mercy faculty and administrators who have participated in Fulbright’s prestigious programs and learn how your students can participate in a Fulbright program as well. 

The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide and has provided approximately 310,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach or conduct research in each others' countries and exchange ideas. Approximately 8,000 competitive, merit-based grants are awarded annually in most academic disciplines and fields of study.

Lora Seery, Alan Grigg and Lara Wasner

From left:  Lora Seery, Senior Program Manager at Institute of International Education (Fulbright); Alan Grigg, Assistant Professor and Chair of Teacher Education, Detroit Mercy; Lara Wasner, Director of Language & Cultural Training, Detroit Mercy.


    Opportunities for Scholars, Artists and Professionals

    The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for American scholars, artists and professionals to conduct research, lecture or consult with other scholars and institutions abroad. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program offers opportunities for foreign scholars, artists and professionals to conduct post-doctoral research or lecture in the U.S.

    Opportunities offered through the Fulbright-Hays Program include:

    • Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
    • Faculty Research Abroad
    • Group Projects Abroad
    • Bilateral Projects

    For more information about these programs, please click here

    The Fulbright Officer for faculty and staff programs at the University of Detroit Mercy is Cate Caldwell, Director of Sponsored Programs and Research Activities (OSPRA). If you are a faculty member or administrator interested in applying for a Fulbright, please contact Caldwell at 313-993-1544 or

    Faculty and administrators from all three campuses are eligible.


    Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    More than 1,800 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with full or partial support from the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or teach English abroad. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or during their grant period.

    For more information about the Fulbright Student Program, see the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.

    The Fulbright Officer for student programs at the University of Detroit Mercy is Lara Wasner, Director of Language & Cultural Training. If you are a student interested in applying for a Fulbright, or a faculty mentor, please contact Wasner at 313-993-1191 or


    Detroit Mercy Fulbright Testimonials

    Detroit Mercy Fulbright Scholars have included the following:

    • Claire Crabtree, Romania, Terms I & II, 94/95, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Nihad Dukhan, Turkey, Terms I & II, 14/15, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Science
    • Carla Groh, Iceland, Term II, 03/04, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions
    • Jacqueline Hand, India, Term III, 91/92, School of Law
    • Suk Kim, Korea, Term II, 91/92, College of Business Administration
    • Lorri MacDonald, Georgia, Term I, 13/14, Department of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Tony Martinico, Poland, Terms I & II, 07/08, School of Architecture
    • Gail Presbey, India, Term II, 04/05, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Greg Sumner, Italy, Term II, 00/01 and Term II, 09/10, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Lara Wasner, China, Term III, 09/10 (CLAE), Department of Language and Cultural Training, College of Liberal Arts and Education

    Detroit Mercy participants in the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Brazil in 2016 included the following:

    • Lara Wasner, Brazil, Term III 15/16, Department of Language and Cultural Training, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Roy Finkenbine, Brazil, Term III 15/16, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Renady Hightower, Brazil, Term III 15/16, Department of Health Services Administration, College of Health Professions
    • Alan Grigg, Brazil, Term III 15/16, Department of Educations, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Ann Eskridge, Brazil, Term III 15/16, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Gail Presbey,  Brazil, Term III 15/16, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and Education

    “I was a Fulbright visiting professor twice at the Universita di Roma Tre. To say it was a life-changing experience is an understatement. I learned more about being an American from my Italian students (whose English was often as shaky as my Italian) than I could from all the books in the library. It felt good, too, to be a ‘good-will ambassador,’ which basically means interacting with your hosts on an open, democratic, human level.”

    — Greg Sumner, J.D., Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of History

    “I have often told my students that a ‘good teacher can teach anywhere, anytime, with limited materials.’ My semester in Georgia working with faculty from universities across the country forced me to make good on that claim. Spending a semester working outside my comfort zone expanded my skills, enriched my life, and helped me to make learning more meaningful for my students.”

    — Lorri MacDonald, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Education

    "I enjoyed my Fulbright experience immensely. I thought I would teach the students about the world, but I also learned about the world from them. During my tenure as a Fulbright Scholar in Korea, I gave a number of highly successful talks to both American and Korean executives about U.S.-Korean relations. I spent a considerable amount of time to prepare these special lectures in advance upon the advice of the Fulbright Foundation in Korea. This experience taught me an important lesson: Preparation and opportunities create successes. The Fulbright Program is meant to serve as a bridge, and it did just that."

    — Suk Kim, Ph.D.
    Professor of Finance, College of Business Administration

    "I had a two-year long Senior Scholar Fulbright to Nairobi, Kenya (1998-2000), where I taught Philosophy at University of Nairobi. I had classes with 140 students sandwiched in the classroom, and I was also able to direct masters' theses in Philosophy. I also had a chance to engage in research in African philosophy, by going out to the rural areas and interviewing wise elders there, as part of a 'Sage Philosophy' project. I also received a six month Research Fulbright to Pune, India (2005), where I had the chance to study Gandhian thought and activism, and to interview quite a few lifelong Gandhi activists, some of whom had met Gandhi personally. These were rare and invaluable experiences in my growth as a scholar. I also, as a Detroit Mercy faculty member, applied for a Fulbright Scholar in Residence grant to bring a scholar from Nairobi, Kenya (Dr. Oriare Nyarwath) to visit and teach here for five months in 2008. He taught our students African philosophy and logic, and the students gained much from hearing his perspectives on issues. He also gained new perspectives through his American experience, and he had time to work on his own academic writing while he was here."

    — Gail Presbey, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Philosophy

    “Prior to participating in the Fulbright-Hays China Summer Seminar, I had thought that all Fulbright programs required full-semester commitments. This summer-long intensive seminar allowed me to participate in a shorter-term option that provided equal impact — not only for my own work in international education, but also to the institution as it welcomes a growing number of Chinese international students. During the five-week intensive program, I traveled to six cities in China with 15 scholars of a variety of disciplinary backgrounds from universities throughout the U.S. We visited more than a dozen schools and universities to better understand Chinese history, culture, and classroom culture of Chinese students. This immersive experience provided firsthand information and insights into the educational, political, and economic reforms happening in Chinese contemporary society and the global impact of these reforms as they affect higher education in the United States.”

    — Lara Wasner, M.A., M.A.TESOL
    Director, Department of Language and Cultural Training

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