» Fellowships and Scholar Programs

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 undergraduate research and continuing graduate-level advancement. These programs 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.

Where can your education take you?

Past Chapman students have been awarded Fulbright Grants, 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.

Some have studied in Hungary, Nicaragua, China and Israel while others have studied at U.S. universities such as Georgetown and made a difference in communities closer to home. Whether you want to expand your creative education, do cutting edge research or collaborate with the leaders of tomorrow, the office of fellowships and scholar programs can provide guidance for choosing and applying to any of these exciting opportunities.

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 Fulbright winners!

Damaris Bangean (Political Science and Business Administration double major, 2016) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant 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 http://aradeacalling.tumblr.com/ to follow her adventures in Romania this year!

Ashley Barba (Integrated Educational Studies, with emphases in Disability Studies and Language and Literature, 2016) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant 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. She will be assigned to a classroom assisting English teachers and leading English activities. After her Fulbright experience, Esme will apply to a master’s program in behavioral economics to study how system design influences behavior and its implications for educational programs.

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

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.