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Welcome to the English Speaking Union (ESU) University Scholar Information Page


The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU US) is a non-profit, non-political, educational service organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community.

You can find the English Speaking Union's national website at www.esuus.org/esu. Please visit the ESU-Kentucky Branch website at https://www.esuus.org/kentucky/ to read a message from Kentucky Branch President Kate Nitzken.

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad


The Kentucky Branch is a vibrant, active organization with a devoted focus on enabling student and teacher scholars to study in the United Kingdom and promoting scholarship with students from our state.

The ESU-KY will award a limited number of scholarships to qualified Kentucky college students, and Kentucky middle and high school teachers, for courses offered at institutions in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2020.

Each award will include tuition, lodging and two meals daily for one session of summer courses at the scholar's chosen institution—the award is valued at approximately $5000 per scholar. Scholarships also include one week's lodging in London and a stipend to help defray (though not necessarily cover) the costs of travel and incidentals. Each student's home institution contributes $1800 toward this travel stipend.

Scholars are selected by the Kentucky Branch's Scholarship Committee following an application and interview process.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS:

Application Form

Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2019
Please send applications to:
Bethany Smith
ESU KY Branch Scholarship Coordinator
Etscorn Honors Center, University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
bethany.smith.1@louisville.edu

Eligibility: At the time of application, students must be college juniors with one year remaining to complete their undergraduate program.


Eligible Programs: Student scholarships will be awarded for studies in English Literature, Creative Writing, History, and Political Science at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Information on eligible summer programs can be found below. Not all institutions have updated their websites for the summer of 2020, but they often offer similar courses each year. For application purposes, your study choices and preliminary essays can be based upon what is currently available on the web.

Submission and Selection: College students must submit their applications through their college representatives. Each participating university may select no more than two students to send to the state-level competition. Every campus sets its own internal deadline, but the applications for the state-level competition must be received by OCTOBER 1, 2019. Students will be notified if they are invited for an in-person interview; these will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Spalding University.

TEACHER SCHOLARSHIPS:

Application Form

Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2019
Please send applications to:
Bethany Smith
ESU KY Branch Scholarship Coordinator
Etscorn Honors Center, University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
bethany.smith.1@louisville.edu

Eligible Programs: Teacher scholarships will be awarded for studies in English Literature, History, and Political Science at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh, and at Shakespeare's New Globe Theatre in London. Not all institutions have updated their websites for the summer of 2020, but they often offer similar courses each year. For application purposes, your study choices and preliminary essays can be based upon what is currently available on the web.

Eligibility: All teachers applying for this scholarship must have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience. Teacher applications must be submitted by OCTOBER 1, 2019.

Teachers, educators, lifelong learners: Our English in Action-TLab programs will transport you to some of the most famous institutions in England and Scotland, where you will attend real classes with top professors and have an unforgettable educational experience.

Shakespeare's Globe—London: Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance

University of Cambridge: International Summer Programmes

University of Oxford: English Literature; History, Politics and Society; Creative Writing; International Politics

University of Edinburgh: Text and Context: Modernism, Scottish Literature, and Contemporary Literature; Creative Writing; Theatre and Performance

*One-week TLab programs developed exclusively for the ESU are open to educators, current or retired, ESU members, and life-long learners. These programs do not qualify for scholarships and registration is available online.

 

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