A: The island of Ireland … or, the country of Northern Ireland, to be exact, though that kinda knocks out the Harry Potter reference.
For quite a while, I have wanted to apply as a Fulbright Scholar to do teaching/research, and I recently found a program that meshes with my timetable and research interests! I decided to pursue the first step, which was to write one of the participating institutions and request an invitation. Today, I received a letter of invitation from the host university in Northern Ireland, which gives me the green light to proceed with the formal application!
I’m so giddy, I can barely stand it. What an amazing experience it would be to live and work there for a few months! In addition to Italy and Germany, which I would love to revisit someday (and actually remember the trip this time, seeing as I was a toddler/preschooler when I was in Europe before!), Ireland is very high on my wish list of dreamy travel destinations. I’ve never been to the UK, and my passport has plenty of empty pages for new stamps! 🙂
I am applying for the Scholar program, rather than the Student program, and I realize that the rest of the application process will still be competitive, but just receiving a welcome from the university is extremely validating to my geeky ego.
What I’m *hoping* is that most people will apply to the usual big-name schools in the UK’s big cities, but by tailoring my application to a university in a smaller region that has a research institute that jives with my own studies, it might give me an edge. All I can do is try! 🙂