Richmonder and recent University of Richmond graduate awarded Fulbright to teach English in Malaysia

June 12, 2018

Tim GruberTim Gruber of Richmond has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, which he will complete in Malaysia January through November 2019.

Gruber graduated in 2016 from the University of Richmond with a double major in history and French. He also just completed his graduate certificate in teacher licensure through UR’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Gruber traveled to South Korea and studied abroad in Paris as an UR undergraduate.

“While my main role is teaching English, I envision many opportunities to learn from the Malay culture,” said Gruber. “I chose Malaysia for the opportunities to be intentionally pushed out of my comfort zone.”

Gruber plans to teach elementary school following his Fulbright. 

Eight recent Richmond graduates were awarded Fulbright grants, the most in the institution’s history. Previously, the top number of Fulbright recipients was six in 2009. To date, the University of Richmond has had 56 student Fulbright grant recipients.

Nearly 10,000 students from about 700 institutions applied for one of more than 1,900 grants to study, conduct research and teach abroad for the 2018-19 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

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The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary schools, secondary schools or universities overseas - improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States, while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country, according to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.