Maxim Petrenko

In Russia, I had earned my MA and Ph.D. in Slavic Philology at Taganrog Teacher Training Institute in 2002 and 2004.

I was a Graduate Fulbright grantee during 2005-2007 academic years. I enrolled into Linguistics Program at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

My research focuses on linguistic mechanisms of inference-based and computer-tractable text understanding (including humorous texts), and my study at Purdue undoubtedly became pivotal in my career.

I worked with top scholars and was introduced to the state-of-the-art approaches in the field with the latest technology facilities and the 3 million book library. Purdue hosts the second largest community of international students and boasts a number of leading schools in technology and engineering, including the top-ranked Center for Education, Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), where I worked as a Research Assistant. Just like any US higher institution, Purdue offers a vibrant intellectual environment with a diverse community of highly motivated people from all over the world, which will stimulate one's personal, educational and professional growth.

To current, prospective and "still-thinking-whether-it's-worth" Fulbright applicants, I would like to say that becoming a "Fulbrighter" is an exciting yet challenging enterprise, where only the strongest and most gifted will succeed, but when you do, one of the most privileged and internationally recognized honors will be bestowed upon you. Your status will be propelled to the one which Umberto Eco, Colin Powell, John Updike, Kofi Annan and other prominent figures share.

A Fulbright grant is a highest academic and professional credential and is definitely worth trying, striving for and obtaining.

I would also like to thank the Moscow Fulbright office, who deserve special kudos for their patient and careful guidance during the application and selection process, especially during the stressful February-to-April period of awaiting the final decision and university placement.

Best of luck to all applying! For specific questions on the selection process, paperwork, university choices, etc. email me at

Maxim Petrenko

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Strastnoy Bulvar 8A, 4th floor, Moscow, Russia 107031
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