UM Alumni Earn Fulbright Funding for Teaching Abroad

August 07, 2017

MISSOULA – Three University of Montana alumni are finalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awards to fund their teaching abroad.

Julie Ammons, Ian Strahn and Sam Hines are eligible for Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program grants.  

Ammons, from Missoula, received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2010 and a bachelor’s in Russian and history in December 2016. She will teach English in Russia.

Strahn, from Bozeman, graduated this spring with a double major in German and political science. He will teach in Germany.

Hines, from Chicago, earned his bachelor’s in English teaching in December 2015. He will teach in India.

Two other UM graduates will travel abroad through different processes.

Eric Bush, from Missoula, graduated this past spring from UM with a double major in German and political science. He will travel to a town in Lower Austria to teach English through a fellowship managed by Fulbright Austria.

Conor Hogan, a 2016 graduate of UM, received a degree in English and Spanish and minors in Latin America studies and international development. Another candidate-at-large, he will work as an English teaching assistant in Mexico, as well as work with a rugby team.

“Being awarded a Fulbright to teach English in another country is a wonderful opportunity for UM graduates to immerse themselves in another culture,” said Liz Ametsbichler, UM student adviser for the Fulbright Program. “It’s exciting for our students, many of them native Montanans, to expand their horizons and exchange ideas and friendships with people across the globe. It’s a life-changing experience.”

To become Fulbright scholars, each of the finalists must officially accept the awards.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected for academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

The UM campus deadline for 2018-19 proposals for Fulbright Scholarships is Sept. 14. Call Ametsbichler for more information at 406-243-5001 or email

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Contact: Liz Ametsbichler, UM Student Fulbright Program adviser, 406-243-5001,