5 Questions with Paul Fogleman

A: Yesterday. (Q: When should an undergrad apply for an award?)

5 Questions with ... 

Paul Fogleman 
Director
IU Office of National Scholarships and Awards

Paul Fogleman's cheeky answer to the question "When should an undergraduate student apply for an award?" (yesterday) is similar to the old joke "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" (practice, practice, practice). Through the IU Office of National Scholarships and Awards, officially launched in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education in 2014, director Paul Fogleman helps publicize nationally competitive award programs and undergraduate research among IU Bloomington undergraduate students.

He leads information sessions on graduate study funding for the Churchill, DAAD, Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Knight-Hennessy, Luce, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Schwarzman, and Yenching scholarships (and more). He then works with students on choosing the right scholarships, applications, and even interview preparation. Since 2014, IU students have won a Udall scholarship, three Yenching scholarships, four Rhodes Scholarships, and 65 Critical Language Scholarships — and IU has been designated a top-producing Fulbright institution for seven consecutive years.

Fogleman and his kids kayak on Potato River in Minnesota. 
Fogleman in Durham on a 2012 Study Tour.  

Q: What led you to your current role, and what inspires you about this work?

A: I previously worked in the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs as a number of nationally competitive opportunities involved going abroad. In that role, I noticed that we (as an institution) were not promoting these opportunities to undergraduates and moving over to OVPUE made sense to address that gap. Prior to working at IU, I lived in New York City where I completed a master’s degree in international relations at City College and later administered an international program to compensate Holocaust survivors. Having lived abroad for several years, mostly studying and teaching English, has helped me advise students seeking to do the same. What most inspires me is having a role in helping students bring their hopes and aspirations to fruition. 

Q: What do you want people to know about the Office of National Scholarships and Awards that they may not know?

A: One, that you can apply for opportunities that run the gamut from the Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged essay contest to the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. Two, do not judge an award or opportunity by its website. Just because you encounter a less “polished” web presence doesn’t mean there isn’t a generous award available.

Q: What have been some of IU’s most exciting placements? What are those students doing now?

A:

  • Lucy Brown (pictured below) advanced in the selection process for a Fulbright research award to Peru but ultimately wasn’t selected. Despite that disappointment, she cobbled together funding from a few different campus entities to go to Peru and participate in a research project about the Zika virus that included a public health component. She is currently at the IU Medical School and I have seen her in the news a few times. Most recently, she co-led a rally in Indianapolis this past summer to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. 

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  • Cindy Cho went to Namibia on a Fulbright award to study their labor laws in 2009/10 and is now an assistant U.S. attorney. She was recognized last year for her achievements as a criminal lawyer.
  • Kristen Pimley studied Korean with a Critical Language Scholarship in 2018. In November 2021, she was the headliner at a comedy club in Seoul and earlier this year she was featured in an article in the Korea Times about stand-up comedy.
  • Miles Taylor was a Truman scholar and a Marshall scholar and later was chief of staff in the Department of Homeland Security. He was the author of the anonymous op-ed article in the New York Times that was critical of the Trump administration. He co-founded the Forward Party and has made appearances on MSNBC.
  • August (Gus) Costa was an archaeology student at IU who went to India with a Fulbright research award to study the Southern Dispersal Route. He’s now at Rice University and is the lab director of the Houston Archeological Society.
  • Anthony Coniglio went to Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar where he studied Mathematics and is currently a Ph.D. student at Columbia University. Appropriate quote on his personal website: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." — Winston Churchill
Ten of the 21 IU Bloomington students who were named Fulbright students in 2018, from left, are Thomas Tyler, Megan Darlington, Nathan Quinlan, Kelsey Gerbec, Peter Arnold, Allison Larmann, Katelyn Testerman, Kaitlyn Hockerman, Tiarra Clarkston and Alejandra Agular Perez​.

Q: When should an undergraduate student start planning for a scholarship or award, and what are a few things they should keep in mind?

A: My tongue-in-cheek response about when to start planning is “yesterday.” In all seriousness, though, it takes time to identify the right opportunity and prepare the application materials. Some of the awards require making important decisions about which country to apply to and all of them ask applicants to prepare written statements — which, in my estimation, are the most weighted part of the application. Students should be prepared to address questions they likely haven’t had to answer. One of the more egregious examples of this is from the Knight-Hennessy application, which asks each applicant to list “8 improbable facts” about themself. Shameless plug: I am teaching a short online asynchronous course during the winter break through O’Neill/SPEA from Jan. 5-13, 2023. While the focus is preparing applications for summer 2023, I introduce students to the broad array of nationally competitive opportunities; how to find them; and how to prepare materials.

Q: What is your favorite place on campus or in Bloomington and why?

A: “God’s Acre,” which is how the cemetery in the middle of campus was referred to about 100 years ago. (Maybe still is today?) Whenever I walk down the steps on the east side of union, pass by the cemetery and cross the creek, I am reminded of an excerpt from Forest M. “Pop” Hall’s 1922 publication “Historic Treasures.” In it he relates an account from the Indiana Daily Student: “About ten years ago, when Indiana was playing Northwestern at baseball on Jordan Field, a little funeral procession drove up to the graveyard. Instantly, the game was suspended until the procession had moved away.” He also notes that Indiana University is one of the few with a cemetery on its campus. I like to think that it serves as a subtle and gentle reminder that we’re all just visitors and to try to make the best of it while we’re here.

Post-baccalaureate opportunities

  • Clarke Diplomatic Security Fellowship Webinar Nov. 9, 3-4 pm. A new two-year graduate fellowship program, the William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship provides up to $84,000 in academic funding over two years leading to a career in the Foreign Service as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent. Register for the webinar at: Clarke Diplomatic Security Fellowship Webinar. Application deadline is Nov. 30, 2022.
  • Truman scholarships fund up to $30,000 for graduate school. U.S. citizens or nationals with strong academic records and commitment to a career in government or public life are eligible. Applicants must be juniors and the scholarship is awarded in the spring of their junior year. Campus deadline is Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 and the national deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2022.
  • James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program offers 12-14 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year to work with senior fellows at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Campus deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. National deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.
  • The Blakemore Foundation application is available for an academic year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia. Fellowships are awarded to graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students, and young/mid-career professionals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States, who are already at or near an advanced level in the language and ready to advance to professional fluency. Application deadline is Friday, Dec. 30, 2022.
  • Bride Year/Gap Year Opportunity Online Information Sessions: Tuesday, Nov. 8 & Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5:30-6:30 pm. At these events, information about a variety of post-baccalaureate opportunities including teaching English abroad; positions with service organizations; and post-baccalaureate labs will be presented. Register via Zoom for the Nov. 8 Session or Nov. 16 Session.

Opportunities for summer 2023

  • Critical Language Scholarships fund 8-10 weeks of immersive language study abroad in one of 14 languages. The national deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Students who would like feedback on their essays need to submit them to the primary campus advisor, Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@iu.edu) by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. Send them by email in one Word document.
  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three- to four-week programs for U.S. undergraduate students, who have no (or very little) travel experience outside North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Program details and application will open on Nov. 30, 2022.
  • The Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship is composed of 12 American Indian and Alaska Native college, graduate, and law students who live and work in Washington, D.C., during the summer. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2023.

Undergraduate research

  • The 28 IU Undergraduate Research Conference will be at IUPUI on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Students can choose to present their research as an oral presentation, poster presentation, or within an e-Portfolio. Students may submit an abstract for inclusion in the conference program before Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at 5 p.m. Attendees (non-presenter students, faculty, staff, and family) may use the same link to register for the conference.