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Application Deadline: January 25, 2016 | Apply Now | Contact

IIE is pleased to announce the 2016 call for applications for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Program. Through the IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Program, IIE will provide incentive grants of $7,500 to campuses to be used for study abroad scholarships for their students (including internships and service learning opportunities) that take place between Fall 2016 through Summer 2017. These grants recognize successful efforts to advance study abroad by U.S. colleges and universities who are Generation Study Abroad partners. They are intended to diversify study abroad and encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience. 
U.S. colleges and universities who have joined Generation Study Abroad as Commitment Partners by June 30, 2015 and have submitted their annual progress report to IIE are invited to submit an IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Program Incentive Grant Application. Commitment partners who joined after will have an opportunity to participate in future competitions. For more information visit the Scholarship Program webpage. 
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2016 | Read More | Contact

IIE is seeking impact stories from current and past participants of IIE-administered programs. Stories should show how these programs and international exchange experiences change lives, careers, and communities around the world for the better.

This is an opportunity for current and past participants to:
• Share the importance of their work and program experience
• Inspire others to participate in international exchange
• Gain artistic recognition
• Win prizes! First prize is $500; second is $250; 3rd is $125
See eligibility and submission guidelines, as well as entry instructions at www.iie.org/contest

Submissions must be from a current IIE grantee or alumnus of an IIE administered program who completed the program in good standing. Any submission from a person who is not currently participating in an IIE administered program or an alumnae of such a program will be disqualified. Winning entries may be used in IIE-related communications such as Annual Reports, marketing materials, websites, and videos.
Some of Syria’s most at-risk students find refuge and success at four Illinois colleges and universities that are providing Syrian students with direct aid through full and partial scholarships. — The Chicago Monitor

More universities should measure the impact of their internationalization strategies rather than assuming their initiatives will be beneficial, an international higher education expert has claimed. — Times Higher Education

Digital financial media company, The Street.com, recently published a thorough article about the career benefits of studying abroad and strategies for highlighting marketable skills students gain while abroad. — The Street

To enhance the scientific impact of Arab students who are studying at U.S. universities, Edith Cecil, vice president for professional exchange and community outreach at IIE, says they should "seek to establish connections with professors and fellow students that can lead to research collaboration and professional connections after they return." — The Chronicle of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network invites U.S. higher education representatives to participate in the EducationUSA Africa Regional Forum this March 2016 in Accra, Ghana. The Forum is designed to be both a training opportunity for our approximately 45 EducationUSA advisers and a networking and learning opportunity for our international student recruitment and support colleagues at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.
As an international higher education professional, you will learn from expert EducationUSA advisers about student mobility trends and recruitment opportunities in Africa for both undergraduate and graduate students. You will also have the opportunity to update advisers on current higher education issues. Additional programming during the event will provide opportunities for U.S. higher education representatives to network with U.S. Embassy personnel and leading educators. Registrants will also have the opportunity to participate in an EducationUSA college fair in Accra.
Events & Deadlines
Nomination Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Download Form | Contact


The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East. The prize recognizes outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Israeli Jew and one Arab Muslim, whether or not a citizen of Israel, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The two individuals whose work is judged to be most successful in bringing people together and breaking down the barriers of hatred will share a $10,000 prize.

To be eligible for the Prize, at least one of the nominated individuals must be an alumna/us of any program administered by IIE, or any exchange program funded by any of IIE's sponsors and administered by another organization. Alumni of the following IIE-administered programs, among others, are encouraged to apply: Fulbright Programs, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships, International Visitor Leadership Program (formerly International Visitor Program, or IVP), State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative, Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation Global Travel and Learning Fund, and training programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Fulbright alumni and alumni of the Israel Arab Scholarship Program whose grants were administered by AMIDEAST are also eligible. Similarly, individuals who came to the United States under funding from the Ford Foundation or as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program are eligible even if they were participating in a program coordinated by another organization.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016 | Apply Online | Contact

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is pleased to announce a call for applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions outside their home countries anywhere in the world. 
Who can apply:
Professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, field, or discipline may apply. Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested. 
• Qualifying applicants are currently facing or have recently fled from direct and immediate threats. 
•Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field and who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning. 
• Women and scholars from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Since IIE-SRF's founding in 2002, the program has provided academic fellowships to over 500 scholars from 50 countries, placing them at nearly 300 host partner institutions in 40 countries. IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting academic positions for up to one calendar year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus individual health insurance coverage and professional development assistance.
Application Deadline: February 25, 2016| Apply Online | Contact

We are pleased to announce that The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund (IBEX) Spring 2016 Competition is now accepting applications for events/exchanges falling  between April 1, 2016, through 
August 15, 2016. 

The Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund provides financial assistance to an individual to attend global biocultural events/exchanges or meetings of international significance which impacts the applicant’s home territory or region (individuals or organizations must apply for funding for a specific meeting or event). The focus of the fund examines biocultural issues—the rich but neglected adaptive interweave of people and place, culture and ecology. This fund supports indigenous peoples and local communities to have a voice in the policies and forums that concern biocultural diversity at a global level (for example, in relation to UNDRIP and other UN Conventions such as the Right to Food and the Convention on Biological Diversity).

The fund aims to encourage an actively and participatory exchange of knowledge systems, especially for, but not limited to, individuals in the following regions: African Rift Valley, Central Asia & Turkey, Southwest U.S. & Northern Mexico, Northern Australia, and Melanesia. Of special interest are indigenous people and local communities who have been traditionally under-represented in biocultural events, including but not limited to, women, youth, and first time travelers.

Please share this information with potentially qualified individuals.  
Study Abroad
The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the online application is open for students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs and international internships during the summer 2016 and fall/academic year 2016-17 terms.  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources, including subscription to Gilman Advisor Newsletters, please visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman

Summer 2016 and Fall/Academic Year 2016-17 applications are both due Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by 11:59pm (central). Advisors have until March 8, 2016 to certify summer 2016 applications and fall/academic year 2016-17 applications.

Students applying for any academic term must meet the eligibility requirements below:

• Be a United States citizen undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution in good academic standing
• Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad
• Applying to or accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by the student's home institution
• Participating in a study abroad program or international internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) - or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students - in one country and no more than an academic year
• Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). 



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