Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Scholar Program, facilitated by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, sends US faculty overseas for short-term and year-long research and/or teaching opportunities. Deadlines vary. It also brings non-US faculty here and offers special programs such as the occasional lecturer and the distinguished chairs programs. Faculty can visit the Fulbright Scholar Program website (http://www.cies.org/) or contact Debra Clemans at PSU ( ) to gather more information.
The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, managed by the Academy for Educational Development, connects K-12 teachers and college-level language faculty with their counterparts overseas via direct year-long exchanges and short-term professional development trips. The programs help teachers learn more about how their field is experienced in other parts of the world and often develops life-long friendships and communication. Application deadlines vary. Visit the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program site (http://www.fulbrightexchanges.org/) or contact Debra Clemans at PSU ( ) to gather more information.
The Fulbright-Hays Programs, operated by the US Department of Education, offers several opportunities to US faculty, doctoral students, and scholars to increase understanding about educations role in the world. Visit their website (http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/iegps/fulbright-hays.html) to learn more about what Fulbright-Hays has to offer or contact Debra Clemans at PSU ( ) to gather more information. Deadlines vary and this program may require applicants to work with PSU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects so advance planning is needed.
Help your students earn Fulbright Fellowships!
If you are a PSU faculty member who has a student you think might be a good fit for the Fulbright US Student Program, please recommend they visit this site (http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html). Fulbright looks for applicants with innovative ideas, a high level of maturity, an open attitude for exploring the world, and a strong academic record. They can do research or projects, teach English, or in some cases a combination. Contact Debra Clemans at PSU ( ) to gather more information for early Fall deadlines.
About Fulbright Programs
The United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building international cooperation.
With this as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 255,000 participants chosen for their leadership potential with the opportunity to observe each others political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) was created by the U.S. Congress to supervise the U.S. government’s premier international educational exchange program, the Fulbright Program. The board, which is appointed by the president of the United States, consists of 12 members drawn from academic, cultural and public life. Each member serves a three-year term and lists can be found online. The intent of Congress in creating the board was to establish an impartial and independent body which would assure the respect and cooperation of the academic world for the educational exchange program, particularly in the selection of grantees and of educational institutions qualified to participate.
The FSB sets policies and procedures for administration of the Fulbright Program, has final responsibility for selection of all grantees, and supervises the conduct of the program both in the United States and abroad. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the United States Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions also contribute financial support through direct cost-sharing, as well as through tuition waivers, university housing, and other benefits.
Overseas, the Fulbright Program is facilitated by bi-national Fulbright commissions and U.S. embassies. Thanks to executive agreements between the U.S. and foreign governments, over 50 of these Commissions have been founded to help fund and administer the Fulbright Program and conduct other educational exchanges.
The Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, provides budget, administrative and staff support for the program, and negotiates agreements covering educational exchanges with foreign governments. In countries where no Fulbright Commission exists, the Bureau coordinates management of the Fulbright Program with United States embassies and posts.
Fulbright Programs are administered by several different organizations based on certain focus areas. Contact PSU Fulbright Adviser Debra Clemans ( ) for more information. Online applications can be found at websites for the different programs. Deadlines vary.