English Language Fellows continue to accomplish amazing work after completing their fellowships. To see how the Fellow Program has benefited the professional and personal lives of alumni, read the alumni impact stories below.
Andy Noonan was an English Language Fellow in Taiwan at National Cheng Kung University from 2010-2011 and in Russia at Kazan Federal University from 2011-2013. Both fellowships taught him invaluable lessons about Taiwanese and Russian culture at the same time as he was making meaningful changes in the classroom by training teachers in different cultural…
“These fellowships have allowed me to expand my professional network across the globe. But the fellowship isn’t just about professional development. It’s about understanding my own culture, and opening up to other cultural experiences. I have a much deeper appreciation for my fellow human beings, and that is what I liked the most about being a Fellow.”
“The fellowship provided the professional development edge and finances, which supported my matriculation to a doctoral program. The ELF Program experience provided me the opportunity to speak as an expert and contribute to others’ learning in my doctoral program. My experience makes me a competitive candidate in both academia and the private sector.”
“The Fellow Program showed me that with a little creativity, I can create and realize any project I can imagine. It is empowering to know that anything is possible. This experience has helped me to become a more confident teacher— I can teach anywhere, in any conditions and I can thrive and inspire generations of students.”
“The fellowship is not always about demonstrating and proving what you know. It’s about growing professionally in areas that you started off being curious about. The program teaches you to get comfortable with the feeling of uncertainty and the unknown. It’ll make you a more competitive professional and set you apart from the competition.”