Category Archives: Foreign Fulbright

On the Path to Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream

By Anton Abdul Fatah, 2014-2016, Indonesia

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Anton Abdul Fatah, 2014-2016, Indonesia, in the front of Student Center of University of Miami which served as the Clinton Global Institute University in 2015

Growing up in Indonesia, I had big dreams of attending a U.S. university, but I never knew if they would come true. Receiving a Fulbright Foreign Student Program grant set me on the path to fulfill these lifelong dreams and has allowed me to pursue a Master’s of Public Administration at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. I have enjoyed every single moment of my classes. The quality of my professors and the diversity of students, in terms of their disciplines and international backgrounds, have all enriched my U.S. experiences.

Through Fulbright, I received an additional scholarship through which I have conducted several research projects and presented at two conferences. First, I presented my comparative study on the impact of defense expenditures on economic growth in Indonesia and Turkey at the 2015 Indonesia Focus Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Second, I presented my Indonesian agroforestry project at the 2015 Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment in Lexington, Kentucky.

In early 2015, I was selected as the only international student that year to join the Martin School team for the Policy Solutions Challenge USA. After receiving a first place award for the Southern Region, we attended the national competition in Washington, DC, where we came in second. I am so proud to have been involved with this wonderful team!

It Starts with the Application: Reflections from a Montenegrin Fulbright Visiting Researcher

By Vladimir Leposavic, 2014-2015, Montenegro


Vladimir Leposavic, 2014-2015, Montenegro, giving a presentation at the Institute of International Education Washington, DC office

In 2014, I was selected to spend an academic year as a Fulbright Foreign Student Visiting Researcher, representing Montenegro, in the United States. My basic goal was to conduct research in international human rights; more specifically, on the international legal protection of minorities at the American University Washington College of Law (WCL). Moreover, I also had an opportunity to participate in a pre-academic summer program at the University of Kansas; consequently, my Fulbright experience started early in summer 2014.

As a PhD candidate at the Belgrade University, I had already been working on topics such as the international legal protection of national and ethnic minorities which is, in spite of its European origins, also a global phenomenon as well as a political and legal issue. Millions of people are living outside of their home countries or in so-called kin-states. The start of the Second World War was justified by the need for protecting one minority, but ended in the horrific extermination of another. In today’s world, more than five-thousand national or ethnic groups live in just about 150 states. In addition, some social experiments show that, even in situation of random grouping, more than 75% of group members tend to engage in different types of discriminatory behaviors toward others. These facts illustrate the social and scientific need for dealing with the subject of inter-group relations and minority protection.

Highlights from the 2016 Pittsburgh Fulbright Lab to Market: Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation Enrichment Seminar

Prior to the collapse of the U.S. steel industry, Pittsburgh was known as a powerhouse for both coal mining and steel. Today, Pittsburgh is still called the Steel City, but now finds itself at the forefront of high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship.

The 2016 Lab to Market: Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation Enrichment Seminar gathered 132 Foreign Fulbrighters from 64 countries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from May 24 – 28, 2016 to exchange ideas with a focus on how technological advances can support achievements across scientific and business disciplines. The seminar included discussions with Pittsburgh-based entrepreneurs who are bringing technological products and services to the marketplace.

Highlights from the 2016 Philadelphia Fulbright Enrichment Seminar


In the city of brotherly love, 125 Fulbright Foreign Students from over 60 countries gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from May 5 – 8, 2016 to explore U.S. political values and traditions, the electoral process, and the current presidential campaign.

Tom Healy, a member on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, provided inspirational remarks at the opening dinner held at the Independence Visitor’s Center. Mr. Healy was appointed by President Barack Obama in July 2011 to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the worldwide Fulbright Program.

Conveying the Voice of a Generation: A Tunisian Fulbright FLTA’s Reflections on Attending the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

By Aya Chebbi, 2012-2013, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) from Tunisia

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Aya Chebbi, 2012-2013, Fulbright FLTA from Tunisia, speaking at The United Nations 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City, April 2015

Aya Chebbi, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant alumna from Tunisia (2012-2013) and award-winning pan-African blogger and activist, was invited to speak at the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Here, she reflects on her experience being invited to and attending the event.

When I first received the invitation from UN Women to speak at the 20th anniversary event commemorating the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, I was a bit surprised.

Surprised, not only because I was identified from a pool of millions of young voices around the world, but also because UN Women had finally taken a big step in providing a crucial space for a young voice such as mine to speak at a high level public event.