Calling all Fulbrights!

FulbrightsI am writing a chapter entitled “The Value of a Fulbright: Internationalizing Education One Person at a Time” for inclusion in the volume Internationalizing the Communication Curriculum in an Age of Globalization: Why, What, and How, to be edited by Paaige K. Turner, Soumia Bardhan, Tracey Quigley Holden, and Eddah Mbula Mutua, to be published by Routledge.

There are already 16 stories about Fulbrights posted to this website, but I am now asking these scholars, as well as anyone else who has held any of the various types of Fulbrights, to email me, so that I can include your story in this overview. (In addition, I would like to add more personal narratives about Fulbright experiences to this website, so if you have not yet told me about your experience, let’s talk.) The specific focus in my chapter will be on what happened after you returned to your home campus: how did you revise your own courses or influence others in your department in ways that helped to internationalize the curriculum?

Further details about what I plan to write:

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Steven Darian Fulbright

FulbrightsSteven Darian, Professor emeritus at Rutgers University, has sent in a description of his Fulbright experience in Uzbekistan, 1997-1998. Details follow.

Steven DarianThe Fulbright was for someone to teach courses in management at the Tashkent Institute of Finance. I had a keen cultural interest in Central Asia, but my Ph.D. was in Applied Linguistics, & most of my teaching dealt with the English language, with courses like applied linguistics, fiction, & non-fiction writing, I also taught an MBA course in business communication. In my Fulbright application, I stressed the fact that an American business professor teaching in a place like Tashkent would be faced with serious comprehension problems from his students, especially since management has its share of jargon and technical terms. I offered to prepare a book for management students who were also nonnative speakers of English. I was also lucky enough to have had a previous Fulbright, plus several other long-term overseas ESL teaching assignments (in Afghanistan, Saudi, & Indonesia). At any rate, the Fulbright came through, and I arrived in Tashkent with copies of the book (later published as English for Decision-Makers: A Course in Modern Management).

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U Loughborough Fulbright Award

FulbrightsThe 2019-20 Fulbright Loughborough Scholar Award is now open for applications with a deadline of 1st August, 2018.

Each year, one award is offered to a US citizen in support of research and/or teaching/lecturing in any subject, in any of (or a combination of) Loughborough research-active departments. The appointment will be for a period of 3-12 months – to be determined by the applicants and their host school. Candidates will be selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

NOTE: Many other Fulbright opportunities are available, whether in the UK, or in the rest of the world.

2018-19 Fulbright US Scholar Competition

FulbrightsThe 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open, and this year there are many awards in the field of Communications. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards and include:

  • Swaziland: Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism
  • United Arab Emirates: All Disciplines (Teaching or Teaching/Research)
  • Jamaica: All Disciplines
  • India: Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair (All Disciplines)
  • Norway: Digital Culture
  • Burma: All Disciplines
  • Zambia: Journalism and Broadcasting

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017.

Among the other Fulbright programs are those for Visiting (non-US) Scholars and Fulbright Specialists (short-term, US-based).

 

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Fulbright Scholar Program 2016

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards in Communications and Journalism

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 500 teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

This year, the Fulbright Scholar Program is offering over 100 awards in the field of communications and journalism. Opportunities include:
– Malaysia: Fulbright-MCMC Award for Communications and Multimedia Studies
– Bulgaria: Communications, Journalism and Media
– Swaziland: Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism

For additional awards in the field of communications and journalism, please visit the CIES website. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the discipline, and scholar testimonials which highlight the outcomes and benefits associated with completing a Fulbright Scholar grant.

Please check eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines, and review criteria. You may also wish to register for one of our webinars or join My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2016.

Please contact Sophia Yang with questions about any of the opportunities listed above or the Fulbright Scholar Program in general.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.

Glenn Geiser-Getz Fulbrights (Russia and Ghana)

I served as a Fulbright Fellow for the fall semester of 2000 through the end of the spring semester of 2001 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Although I applied for a teaching fellowship, I included scholarly plans in my application and I conducted research while serving in Russia.

Glenn Geiser-Getz

I found the application process pretty straightforward.  My impression is that they are looking for scholar-teachers who have a great interest in travel and other cultures. I also believe that (at least when I applied) they were interested in people who were flexible and willing to adjust to the dynamics of other places and peoples. Finally, I think they value people who are interested in a true exchange, who are not only interested in learning something new but in sharing alternate ways of being, thinking, and doing with others.  My teaching (especially of argumentation and debate) and my scholarship (which involved ethnographic interviews) required my student and faculty hosts to adjust their thinking about higher education and research. However, I also took great care to learn from them and to absorb and appreciate the culture that surrounded me.

My primary assignment was at St. Petersburg State University in the Department of International Journalism, although I am more a rhetorical scholar than a mass media or journalism scholar. I was not able to secure a sabbatical from my home institution because the application process at my campus was so different from the Fulbright application process. However, I was able to get educational leave without pay and health insurance through COBRA (the cost of which was reimbursed by my institution when I returned). I deducted all of my work-related living and transportation expenses and as a result paid less in tax than I normally would. My wife quite her elementary teaching job and joined me on the trip. In the end, the trip reduced our income but it was definitely worth it. I rank my experience as a Fulbright Scholar the third most significant experience of my life (behind my education and my marriage/children).

There were plenty of challenges during my time in Russia and some strange miscommunications, but it was all part of the rich variety of experiences I had during that year. As a result of connections with the state department and various educational and cultural organizations, I had the opportunity to teach in many cities outside of St. Petersburg. I taught college students, high school students, journalists, other college faculty, elementary and secondary teachers, and community members. I taught in gymnasiums, churches, public libraries, community centers, hotels, and (of course) college buildings. I enjoyed a great deal of travel by train to countries including Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and others.

I also received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to Ghana, but that is a whole different story. It was a month-long study trip, so I was more a student and researcher than a teacher. But it was an awesome experience as well!  I encourage anyone to consider applying.

Glenn Geiser-Getz, Ph.D.
East Stroudsburg University
Department of Communication Studies
5/26/15

Fulbright Award Opportunities in Communication

The Fulbright Scholar competition for academic year 2016-2017 is now open. Specific opportunities in Communication are available this year in Ghana, Finland, Swaziland, Bulgaria, and Ukraine, but there are another 400 opportunities for which Communication scholars can potentially compete, since many leave the specialization open. The current competition will close on August 3, 2015. A description of the activities of some of those who have completed Fulbrights in Communication has previously been posted to this site. (If you have completed a Fulbright in Communication and would like to have your name and description added, contact CID.)

Fulbright deadline nearing

The deadline for Fulbright Core applications for Academic Year 2015-2016 is August 1st, 2014.

This year’s competition includes 584 awards.  Of these,  419 are All Discipline awards and are open to applicants from virtually any discipline – from Computer Science to Art.  Scholars and professionals from post-docs to emeriti are able to apply for programs all over the globe.

For information about awards offered in specific disciplines or areas of the world and about the application, see our archived Webinars or register for an upcoming one. The Fulbright Scholar Application and Reviewing Your Fulbright Application Package might prove to be helpful for those with questions about the application process.

Upcoming webinars include:

08 July – Fulbright Opportunities in Europe: A Second Look at Central and Eastern Europe
09 July – Fulbright Distinguished Awards
11 July – All Discipline Awards – What Are They?
14 July – Have You Thought About? – Some Hidden Gems
17 July – Fulbright Flex Awards
18 July – How to Craft a Successful  Project Statement
23 July – Reviewing Your Fulbright Application Package
30 July – Reviewing Your Fulbright Application Package

CFP Fulbrights 2015-16

The 2015-2016 Fulbright Core U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries for the 2015-2016 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

Of the 583 awards being offered this year, there are over 64 awards available in the field of Communications.  Moreover, there are 371 All Discipline awards that welcome teaching and/or research proposals in any area of study, including interdisciplinary projects. These awards are offered in various regions around the world.

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to accommodate better the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the 2015-2016 program, including: Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Salary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards.

The application deadline for most awards August 1, 2014.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit our website  or contact us via email.

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Fulbrights 2014-15

The 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program core competition is now open.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2014-2015 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

This year, there are over 100 awards available to those studying the fields of Communications and/or Journalism.  Moreover, All Discipline awards offered in all regions of the world welcome teaching and/or research proposals in any area of study, including interdisciplinary projects.

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the 2014-2015 program, including: Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Salary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2013.  U.S. citizenship is required.