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.

Fulbright update-Adelman

Nov. 16th,  Mekelle University—Northern Ethiopia

Am nearing the end of my 42 day Fulbright appointment.  So many poignant moments to share.  15 students came to my home last night to make braided bracklets, compliments of my friend NIKKI, from BEADWORLD—60% men, 40% women; their focus, determination, energy was mindblowing, within an hour they made the bracklets and were so happy…now they must teach their classmates.  An older student said to me, “A teacher has never done this for us…”

Tomorrow is an ALL-DAY workshop for all 75 students in Public Speaking and Nonverbal Comm…am throwing a Public Speaking CONTEST next Weds. evening w/ PRIZES!

I’m giving a FINAL PARTY for all three classes, 75 students; the President of Mekelle U. is coming (with his wife), and about 10 faculty and friends…at a delicious, outdoor Pizza Restaurent, with pizza, drinks & dancing!

I got such a nice compliment from the guy who brought me to Ethiopia—he said, “I notice you teach the WHOLE 2 hours, most faculty are 1—1.5 hours; and you do all these extra lectures/workshops….we all agree you were the right Fulbrighter to bring here” – I was very touched.  It’s been fun, takes a lot of initiative to do anything here; easy to just slide by.  Last week, I gave a talk to faculty on SOLITUDE, expected about 4 to come; but 12 faculty came, including the DEAN (who is a poet and misses his solitude!)…we had such a great, lively discussion!  Not sure I could do a full year here—but I leave w/ so many great memories!

There are little reminders of life’s struggle here…although never verbalized.  When I grab the students’ arms to walk up stairs, I am always struck with how thin and fragile they are—even those that look “full body” are what we would call “skin & bones.”  A perpetual reminder of the minimal food, low protein here or in their past diet.  You do not see starvation, but people are so thin here.

One never knows the “real” background of their students.  I took this student, who I think is exceptional, out for coffee—to hear about her life plans.  She comes to class dressed so immaculately, so sparkling clean, her writing is great, she is outspoken, so quick and lively (unlike the sullen, taciturn females here).  I presumed she was from a middle-income, intact family.  Her mother died when she was about 8, only child, her father is a laborer.  She said, “I am very neat because it gives me confidence.  I don’t have any money, but I can be neat.”  She is studying Japanese/Chinese, and trying to learn as much as possible—she wants to enter politics and study political science…I find her inspiring.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis wants me to do a couple workshops in Public Speaking and also Nonverbal Communication—the US Embassy is working on dates and logistics…MFA heard about my “success” with govt. officials and PR people—now the “big wigs” want the workshop…I am totally jazzed to do this.

I will be very sad to leave…it really has been an amazing journey, of all kinds….

Mara Adelman, Ph.D.
Seattle University
Associate Professor
Department of Communication

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Phillip Glenn – Fulbright

Phillip Glenn
Emerson College

Fulbright Senior Scholar, Moldova

In May 2006 I traveled to the Republic of Moldova on a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant.  A former Soviet Republic, Moldova is a small nation located north of the Black Sea, between Ukraine and Romania.  Although it faces many of the same economic, political, and social struggles that challenge other post-Soviet nations, Moldova’s situation is particularly difficult.  It is the poorest nation in Europe.  The eastern part of Moldova called Trans-Dnistrya (across the Dniester River) has been operating as a quasi-independent breakaway republic for the past twelve years and is widely known to be a regional center for trafficking in drugs, slavery, and mass weapons.  Moldovans hope someday to enter the European Union (EU), as their neighbors to the west are doing, but they recognize how much needs to change before they can do so.  The higher education system is undergoing reform in attempts to align with the Bologna Agreement that aims to provide for consistency among European universities.

Glenn with members of the International Relations Faculty

My gracious hosts at IRIM (the International Relations Institute of Moldova in Chisinau, the capital city) set me up with multiple opportunities to lecture and meet with students on topics related to conflict, negotiation, and communication.  I attended a student-organized conference on Moldova’s prospects for joining the EU.  I met with the faculties of International Relations and Germanic Languages to discuss their curricular reform efforts.  IRIM is expanding the depth and breadth of its offerings in communication, conflict, and negotiation. These subjects appeal strongly to many students and faculty members, in part because of Moldova’s recent history and current political situation.

As a faculty member in Emerson College’s Department of Organizational and Political Communication, my teaching concerns the central role communication plays in resolving conflicts and building productive relationships.  As a Fulbright Scholar in 1995 in the Czech Republic I had previous experience with post-Communist educational institutions.  My wife Liliana is from Moldova, and from previous visits I had some acquaintance with the country and its people.  Liliana accompanied me to most lectures and meetings, and it was truly helpful having her contributions and insights.  Most Moldovans are bilingual speakers of Russian and Romanian; I speak only a bit of Russian.  Fortunately, most students understood English well, and interpreters were provided when needed.

Other activities included lectures at Moldova State University (Chisinau) and the State University at Cahul and attending an American Studies Conference.  One of the highlights of the trip was meeting with staff members from Helsinki Watch Cometitul Moldova.  We learned about their important work in monitoring human rights issues in Moldova and began exploring ways I could help provide educational opportunities to further their efforts.

The Fulbright trip was brief, but it opened doors for further exchanges of information, visits, and scholarly collaborations.  It gave me new perspectives on my own teaching and research, especially greater sensitivity to how core concepts in conflict and negotiation are shaped by cultural and historical contexts. Moldovan students and faculty, like their American counterparts, are keenly interested in learning alternative ways to resolve differences.  They see their nation clearly as needing new relationship paradigms, from the interpersonal to the international levels, and they are committed to helping bring about positive change.  Although the challenges are great, it is an exciting time.

Fulbright update-Leeds-Hurwitz

A publication resulting from my Fulbright in Portugal this spring has just appeared: Arquitectura pedagógica para a mudança no ensino superior [Pedagogical architecture changes for higher education]. For anyone who reads Portuguese, it’s available in electronic form here (there is also a hard copy version). For those who only read English, the longer book version came out in the fall, under the title Learning matters: The transformation of US higher education, published by Editions des Archives Contemporaines in Paris. Both the book and the monograph are co-authored with Peter Sloat Hoff.

Arquitectura pedagógica cover

My thanks to Susan Gonçalves for accepting the manuscript and then seeing it through to publication with a series through the Centro de Inovação e Estudo da Pedagogia no Ensino Superior, which she directs and the host for my stay in Coimbra. Thanks also to all those who worked on various stages of the translation: Steven Pessoa, John Baldwin, Sofia Silva, Dina Soeiro and Susana herself.