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Fellowships and Scholar Programs

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Welcome to the office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. It is never too early to begin exploring the many prestigious scholarship programs available to support your research and continuing graduate-level advancement. These scholarship opportunities are highly competitive but also highly rewarding. We encourage you to look at a broad range of scholarships that may match your interests, abilities and career goals.

Past Chapman students have been awarded Fulbright Grants, Critical Language Scholarships, Truman Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and Rotary Scholarships among many others. These distinguished awards have allowed them to take their education around the world and become more enriched global citizens.

Learn About UK scholarships and graduate opportunities

Dr. Bidmead joined with thirty-four members of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA) who toured UK universities to learn about scholarship opportunities

Follow her journey on the NAFA blog to find out how you can study in the UK on a Marshall, Rhodes, Fulbright, or Gates-Cambridge scholarship. 

+ - Congratulations to our newest scholarship winners!

Caitlyn Nguyen (Integrated Educations Studies, with an emphasis on Teaching and Learning in Communities, Leadership Studies minor, 2017) has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English to high school or university students in Vietnam during the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to classroom teaching, she will also host community events that will serve as spaces to share cultural ideas and values from both the United Stated and Vietnam and to help facilitate English language practice outside of the classroom. The ETA experience will complement the theoretical study and fieldwork that she has conducted in the American educational system. Caitlyn believes that gathering multiple perspectives on teachers, students, and pedagogical methods create better educators. In the future, she hopes to work as an international educator, mentor, or counselor, teaching nontraditional subjects like leadership in order to provide people with the knowledge and application to become constantly learning, thriving, and compassionate citizens of the world.

William Ochoa (Mathematics with a Japanese Studies minor, 2018) of Los Angeles who has won a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Japanese during the summer of 2017 at the University of Shiga Prefecture in Hikone, Japan. William plans to apply to Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program to teach Japanese after graduation. William remarks, “I'm incredibly excited to be immersed in Japanese society for two months as it will help me grow to appreciate the country more and so that I can bring that knowledge back with me to further my studies here at Chapman. I want to thank Professor Michael Wood and Professor Etsuko Cook for helping me get to where I am today.”

Josie Garcia Jimenez (Religious Studies major, Anthropology minor, 2019) was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad during Spring 2017. She will be studying at Temple University in Tokyo, Japan.

Avery Wehner (Economics and Business Administration, German Studies minor, 2017) was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad during Spring 2017. He will be studying at Reutlingen University in Germany.

Damaris Bangean (Political Science and Business Administration majors, 2016) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) at the university level in Romania for the 2016-2017 academic year. She will assist an experienced English instructor as well as become involved with outreach about U.S. education, culture, and society. Her Chapman degrees, combined with her Fulbright experience, will prepare her well for graduate study upon her return in International Finance and Economic Development; she then plans to pursue a career as a policy analyst for a think tank, international organization, or government agency. Check out her blog at to follow her adventures in Romania!

Ashley Barba (Integrated Educational Studies, with emphases in Disability Studies and Language and Literature, 2016) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in the Czech Republic for the 2016-2017 academic year. She will be assisting with English language studies in a secondary school outside of Prague. This experience, combined with her Chapman degree, will enhance her goal upon her return to earn her teaching credential in order to teach special education, then pursue a graduate degree in administration to even more effectively help shape educational policy.

Esme Aston (Psychology, University Honors Program, 2016) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant in Malaysia for the 2016-2017 academic year. DECLINED

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Upcoming Events

Grant Writing Workshop (Sponsored by OURCA)

Tuesday March 28 1:30-3:00pm AF 209C

Fulbright Programs Info Session
Monday April 3 3-4pm AF 209B

Fulbright Program Info Session
Tuesday April 11 12pm-1pm AF 209B

Scholarships for Graduate Study in the UK & Ireland Info Session
Wednesday April 12 3-4pm AF 209B

Personal Statement and Essay Workshop
Monday April 24 1pm-3pm Beckman 401

Personal Statement and Essay Workshop
Thursday April 27 1pm-3pm Beckman 401

Personal Statement and Essay Workshop
Tuesday May 2 3pm-5pm Beckman 401

Tabling at Student Research Day (Sponsored by OURCA)
Wednesday May 10

Fulbright Application Boot-Camp
Tuesday May 23 10am -3pm Beckman 401

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Director: Dr. Julye Bidmead 
Smith Hall 101E
(714) 532-7709

Dr. Julye Bidmead is the Director of the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs and an Associate Professor of Religious Studies in Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science. She received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Method and Theory of Religion. Prior to joining Chapman University in 2007, she held faculty positions at Miami University (OH), James Madison University, and California State University, Fresno. Dr. Bidmead teaches classes in Religious Studies, First Year Foundation (FFC), and the University Honors Program. She has won several teaching awards including the Valerie Scudder Award and Pedagogical Innovative Award. Dr. Bidmead's publications include The Akitu Festival: Religious Continuity and Royal Legitimation in Mesopotamia (Gorgias Press, 2014), Invest Your Humanity (Pickwick, 2016), and numerous articles on Near Eastern religion, ritual studies, and gender. Her most recent research project, Recovering Women's Rituals in the Ancient Near East (Equinox Press), explores women's religious roles and rites of passage in ancient Israel, Mesopotamia, and Canaan. Dr. Bidmead is currently the Education Director and field archaeologist on the Jezreel Expedition, where she spends her summers excavating the world of the ancient Israelites.