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Fulbright is at the African Studies Association’s 54th Annual Meeting!

November 18, 2011

Come hear Sarah Ilchman, Fulbright Foreign Student Program Assistant Director for Africa, South and Central Asia at the Institute of International Education, and Fulbright U.S. Student Program Alumni Ambassador Michael Stanton (2005-2006, Senegal) present at the 54th Annual African Studies Association Meeting, November 17-19, at the The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC

For more information about the African Studies Association’s Annual Meeting , click here; to learn more about Michael Stanton’s Fulbright project, click here.

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Want to learn more about the new Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship? Listen to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs Meghann Curtis in the video below and attend a webinar on Thursday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EST)

November 15, 2011

Interested in the new Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship?  Join our webinar this Thursday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) to hear more about this new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  This webinar will be a great opportunity to ask questions about eligibility, project design and application components.

To register, please click on the following link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.  If you have not done so already, you will need to download the GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar client software.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP or newer
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

To learn more about the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, watch the following video featuring Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs Meghann Curtis:

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Attending the Annual Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Conference on November 16? Come hear Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Nathaniel Bastian talk about his Fulbright research.

November 10, 2011

On Wednesday, November 16, this year’s INFORMS Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, will feature Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Nathaniel Bastian discussing his Fulbright engineering research and how it continues to influence his current work for the U.S. Military. 

His INFORMS sessions will include:

Public Health, Homeland Security, and Disaster Response –  Wednesday, November 16, 08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.

Operations Research in the Federal and Governmental Sectors  – Wednesday, November 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To learn more about Nathaniel and his Fulbright research and experiences, click here and here.

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Announcing a New Fulbright Opportunity for Public Policy Students and Young Professionals

November 8, 2011

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, we are pleased to announce the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship – a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and a new opportunity for public policy students and young professionals.

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will allow U.S. citizens to contribute to the strengthening of the public sector abroad by serving in professional placements within foreign government ministries or institutions while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.  The fellowship will help advance public policy research agendas, fosters mutual understanding and builds lasting ties between the U.S. and partner countries. 

Selected Fulbright Students will work side-by-side with the citizens of other countries to tackle the toughest public policy problems of the day.  This new exchange is the vanguard of international public diplomacy, as it leverages the excellence of the Fulbright program to achieve global development objectives.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will serve in partner country governments, which include:

  • Bangladesh
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia

The U.S. Department of State and partner country governments will coordinate professional placements for candidates in public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, environment, public finance, economic development, housing and communications.

Candidates must be in receipt of a master’s or J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship (Summer 2012) or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program.  Applicants must apply At-Large and have at least two years of work experience in public policy-related fields.  Final selection will be made by the Presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

More information, including complete eligibility requirements, please contact Theresa Granza, or Walter Jackson,  For more information on how to apply, please visit

Applications for the 2012-13 competition will be accepted from November 4, 2011 through February 1, 2012; Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will begin their assignments in summer/fall 2012.

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Yarn: A Fulbright Storytelling Project in Bulgaria, By Dena Fehrenbacher, Kate Maley and Hillary Traugh, 2010-2011, Fulbright English Teaching Assistants to Bulgaria

October 28, 2011

Yarn, a storytelling project highlighting the voices of Bulgarian youth, evolved incidentally. We did not go into our Fulbright year expecting to take on a project as large as Yarn became. In fact, we did not expect to do much more than assistant teach English at a foreign language high school—after all, we had applied for Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants, not research grants.

Yet, we were consistently inspired by the strength of our students’ insights and impressed that language was not a barrier to having meaningful conversations about life in Bulgaria. Hillary came up with the idea for a project.  We would utilize an online storytelling format, in the tradition of popular podcasts, to create a platform for youth perspectives. And so, Yarn emerged.

We recorded the interviews in the spring of our grant year. After we returned to the United States, Kate and Dena met to edit the hours-long interviews into minute-long stories. We sought to preserve the core intentions of the interviewees as we worked to weave together their disjointed, yet deeply intertwined experiences towards a larger narrative. The topics inevitably threaded through the students’ stories spoke to issues of globalization, identity and the politics of daily life in a post-socialist state as perceived by youth born after 1989.

All of the individuals interviewed for this project have had the opportunity to study English at specialized language schools.  The fact that their lives can be narrated in English, in their own voices, relates to their particular place in history and opens questions about contemporary life in Bulgaria and beyond. The experiences recorded are positioned to spur discussion and broaden the frameworks through which Bulgaria is often interpreted by outsiders.

Yarn is not a comprehensive study of Bulgarian youth. Some voices are heard more than others; many voices are not represented at all. Still, we feel that together the individual stories on Yarn tell one larger story—a story whose texture both shapes and is shaped by the opportunities that exist to speak and be heard.

Advice to future Fulbrighters:

1) Take the initiative to meet the people around you. Trust us: there is no more enjoyable way to spend your year than with the people of your host country. Make friends earlier rather than later. If you are a Fulbright ETA (and if it is appropriate in your host country), spend time outside of class with your students. Go out to coffee with them, or ask them to show you things in your town.

2) Take the initiative with projects, especially if you are a Fulbright ETA. Projects and outside activities are possible and Fulbright is supportive of them. If you are a Fulbright ETA, don’t be afraid to start extracurricular activities or individual side projects as long as they don’t eclipse the primary reason you are on your grant – to assistant teach English.

Photo: Hillary (left), Kate, and Dena (right), 2010-2011, Fulbright English Teaching Assistants to Bulgaria, pose next to a statue in Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia

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Is Your Institution One of This Year’s Fulbright Top Producers? Find Out in This Week’s Online Edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

October 24, 2011

The October 24 online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights how in spite of budgetary reductions, the Fulbright Program continues to promote innovative projects addressing global challenges like developing renewable-energy sources or fighting HIV/AIDS.  The article reports that, as part of its new Fulbright Nexus Program, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State provided awards to 20 scholars, nonprofit leaders and businesspeople in the Western Hemisphere who are doing work in three areas: science, technology and innovation; sustainable energy; and entrepreneurship.  Feature articles in this special Chronicle report include profiles of a Fulbright-mtvU grantee promoting interfaith dialogue and peace in Northern Ireland and a Fulbright Scholar addressing HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone.  The edition also includes the lists of “Top Producing” schools – those institutions in each Carnegie Classification that had the highest number of students and scholars who received Fulbright grants this year.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.  Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates activities relevant to the Fulbright Student Program and Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the U.S Department of State.  You can find out more about the Fulbright Program at, or on the State Department’s Fulbright website at

Please visit The Chronicle of Higher Education online to view this year’s featured Fulbright stories and the top producing campus listings.

To find out details on your campus’s involvement with the Fulbright Student Program, please contact Tony Claudino at IIE (; for details regarding the Fulbright Scholar Program, please contact Peter Vanderwater at CIES (

Congratulations to all those institutions whose students received Fulbright grants this year and especially to those listed in this year’s top producing lists.  We would like to thank the Fulbright Program Advisers for their successful advising of their students.