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Lydia Rautman ('18C) Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Germany


Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship,

Global Health Institute Individual Field Scholar

Awards supported

  • One-year English teaching placement in Germany
  • Funded honors thesis research in Masagascar - Global Health Institute 

Undergraduate major(s)

Environmental Studies; German Studies

Extracurricular Activities/Involvements at Emory: President of the German Culture Club, Vice President of Communications of Women in STEM, PAWS Atlanta Animal Rescue Center Volunteer, Emory Concert Choir Member, Dean's Achievement Scholar. 


Teaching English as a Fulbright ETA in Germany. 

Q: What experiences at Emory prepared you for the Fulbright award?

lydia-rautman-alumni-_lab-work.jpgA: My experiences founding organizations (German Culture Club, Women in STEM) and serving on the executive boards gave me great leadership experience and the opportunity to serve as a mentor for other students. Studying abroad also helped me with the language skills and travel experience that would help me with my Fulbright ETA award.



Q: What memorable or interesting things happened during your scholarship experience? What, if anything, surprised you? lydia-rautman-alumni-_posing-with-animal.jpg

A: I was able to conduct my Bachelor honors thesis research in Madagascar on a grant from the Global Health Institute -- this was an experience of a lifetime! I spent three months camping, working with villagers, and catching lemurs to study disease transmission. I learned an incredible amount about myself, global heath, and the way of life for rural and disadvantaged populations. 

Q: What advice would you give current applicants, or to students considering applying for a nationally competitive award?

A: Apply for everything that appeals to you! Don't let rejection deter you from applying -- you may get turned down for a lot of awards, but the only way to receive an award is by applying.


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