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The Institute of International Education (IIE) is delighted to invite IIE member institutions to nominate your program for the 2012 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. We look forward to receiving your nominations and to learning about the creative ways that you and your campuses are responding to the challenges of preparing the next generation to think and work on a global basis.

Nomination Deadline: October 14, 2011.

IIE created these awards to honor outstanding initiatives in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international exchange partnerships in practice today. There are four award categories for 2012.

Access the Nomination Package here: www.iie.org/HeiskellAwards

The Heiskell Award Categories

Category 1: Internationalizing the Campus
Advancing curriculum development, fostering international opportunities, and creatively integrating international students into university life.

Category 2: Study Abroad
Providing innovative programs and services to make study abroad accessible to a broader student population.

Category 3: Best Practices in International Partnerships
Recognizing strategic, comprehensive, and innovative international partnership efforts.

Category 4: Internationalizing the Community College Campus
Creating innovative programs and services, including study abroad, to make international opportunities accessible to community college students. (IIE & AACC members are eligible to apply.)

Note: With the exception of Category 1, please submit nominations that focus on particular programs or initiatives, rather than including all campus programs in one nomination.

Award Eligibility and Details

  • Only IIENetwork member institutions are eligible to apply. (Note: AACC members are also eligible to apply for the Internationalizing the Community College category. For partnership categories, at least one of the partnering institutions must be an IIENetwork member.)
  • Nominations will be reviewed by the internal and external Heiskell Award Selection Committees in October and November. Winners will be contacted in December 2011.
  • Winning programs will be recognized at IIE’s Best Practices Conference in New York City on March 9, 2012. All winning programs will be showcased on the IIENetwork website and in the IIENetworker magazine. Winners will be presented with an award certificate and a $1,000 prize (shared by winning institutions in the partnership category).

More Information

For more details on the Andrew Heiskell Awards, and to download the application, please go to: www.iie.org/HeiskellAwards.

If you have any questions about nominating for the Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education, please call Svet Trocheva at (212) 984-5367 or send an email to HeiskellAwards@iie.org.

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Researchers in science and engineering in the U.S. and Canada among other countries are invited to host German RISE interns coming to North America during summer 2012. DAAD will support these short-term summer internships by awarding scholarships to successful applicants to help cover part of the living and travel costs.

Why host a German intern? Participating researchers receive invaluable assistance with their own work. They profit both professionally and personally from contact with the RISE worldwide interns by getting a chance to deepen their knowledge of the culture, lifestyle, and higher education system in Germany.

Project proposals within the RISE worldwide program for summer 2012 may be submitted online from October 10 to November 27, 2011, at www.daad.de/rise-programs.

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Last week, the Working Group on Mobility of the Bologna Follow Up Group (BFUG) released a draft paper on the mobility strategy for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) through 2020. The paper was developed on the basis of discussions in the working group meetings, and has been informed by the results of the BFUG questionnaire on mobility as well as other data collection exercises.

The paper consists of four parts. Section A gives a short introduction and quotes the latest statements on mobility that were made by Ministers in the Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve communiqué. Section B gives the motivation for drafting an EHEA mobility strategy. Sections C and D contain the essential mobility aims and targets for the time up to 2020, and the measures that have to be taken to reach these aims, respectively. Both parts are to form the basis of a short strategy paper that the ministers responsible for higher education in the EHEA will be invited to adopt at the ministerial conference in Bucharest in April 2012.

To download a copy of the working paper, please visit: www.ehea.info/Uploads/Irina/Working%20paper%20on%20Mobility%20strategy%202020%20for%20EHEA.PDF.

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October 3rd-4th, 2011
New York University, New York, USA

The Scholars at Risk Network, a partner of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund, is an international network of higher education institutions and individuals working to protect threatened intellectuals and promote academic freedom and related values worldwide. Scholars at Risk invites higher education institutions in any country to send representatives to "Courage to Think," a conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the network's operations. The conference will feature workshops exploring practices for protecting threatened scholars and for promoting academic freedom; dialogues with SAR and SRF scholars, partners, and higher education leaders; and a keynote ceremony that includes the presentation of the inaugural Scholars at Risk Network Courage to Think Award.

For more program and registration information please visit: http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu/10years.php.

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October 31 to November 1, 2011
San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Registration Deadline: October 28, 2011

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), the Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional (AMPEI), and the Consortium of North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) invite you to apply to be a participant in the Dialogue of the Americas, a retreat of senior international officers at the Hotel Westin in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. This third edition of the Dialogue of the Americas will take place from October 31 to November 1, 2011, just before the AMPEI conference. It will bring together international educators from the Western Hemisphere to discuss common issues and challenges in international education and cooperation in the Americas.

The conveners for the Dialogue of the Americas are:
Francisco Marmolejo, Assistant Vice President for Western Hemispheric Programs at the University of Arizona and Executive Director of CONAHEC: fmarmole@email.arizona.edu
Andrew R. Gillespie, Associate Provost, International Programs at Auburn University: arg0014@auburn.edu
Thomas Buntru, Director of International Programs at Universidad de Monterrey and current president of AMPEI: tbuntru@udem.edu.mx
Darla Deardorff, Manager of International Programs at Duke University and Executive Director of AIEA: d.deardorff@duke.edu

The deadline for signing up for the Dialogue of the Americas is October 28, 2011. In order to sign up, please contact any of the conveners at their email addresses. Applications will be accepted via email until all participants are selected. We ask interested colleagues to include in their application a short statement of the reasons why they wish to participate in the retreat and to indicate three topics they would like to discuss. The registration fee for the Dialogue of the Americas is USD 200. Participants are expected to cover airfare, hotel, and meals on their own.

For more information and an idea of the issues to be discussed, please visit the AIEA website: www.aieaworld.org.

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IMHE General Conference 2012
Attaining and Sustaining Mass Higher Education
September 17-19, 2012
Paris, France

Deadline for proposals: December 1, 2011.

The OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) has launched a call for contributors for its General Conference: Attaining and Sustaining Mass Higher Education.

This internationally renowned event will take place on September 17-19, 2012, in the OECD headquarters in Paris. The Conference will focus on the challenges of attaining and sustaining mass higher education in an increasingly competitive and international context.

To contribute to the conference, please visit: www.oecd.org/edu/imhe/generalconference.
For more information, please contact: imhe@oecd.org.

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Application Deadline: October 14, 2011

The Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Fulbright German Studies Seminar. The topic is "Nation-State and European Identity" and the application deadline is October 14, 2011.

The Fulbright German Studies Seminar offers U.S. scholars the opportunity to meet in Germany to discuss current issues facing Germans, Europeans, and the broader international community. The 2012 seminar on "Nation-State and European Identity" will explore questions related to the evolving definition of identity within Germany and Europe. Throughout the seminar, scholars will examine the influence of the European Union on German identity, hear from experts about how concepts of national and regional identity are being challenged, and whether competing identities can be reconciled. The majority of the program will take place in Berlin, but visits to other regions will also be included.

Eligible candidates include scholars from U.S. universities, colleges, and community colleges who hold full-time teaching appointments and a Ph.D., or equivalent professional/terminal degree, in a field related to the seminar topic. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The seminar will be held in English and will take place June 12–23, 2012.

For more information, please visit www.cies.org/GSS/ or contact Tanya Janes at tjanes@iie.org or (202) 686-6258.

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Application Deadline: October 17, 2011

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. By supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component, both the U.S. institution and the scholar grantee benefit. One of the few Fulbright programs that serves institutions, S-I-R gives preference to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Native American tribal colleges, community colleges, and small, liberal arts institutions. There are many opportunities for larger institutions to partner with preference organizations. Your institution is invited to learn how S-I-R can help advance its international presence, assist in faculty and curriculum development, and diversify the educational experiences of its students, scholars, and surrounding community.

Last year, 46 institutions took advantage of the opportunities provided by the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program to internationalize programs, develop curricula and faculty, and diversify student and faculty experiences.

For more information, including tips on building your proposal, sample proposals, and other guidelines, please visit: www.cies.org/sir/.

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Application Deadline: December 1, 2011

The Institution of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the 2011 China Medical Board Next Generation Fellowships Competition. These Fellowships support Chinese nationals for one to two years of study abroad in a master’s degree program in fields related to Health Policy and Systems Sciences (a wide range of multidisciplinary fields including public health, epidemiology, health metrics, health policy, health economics, health administration, and global health).

For further information about the competition, please visit: www.iiebeijing.org/cmb/ng/ng.html

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Application Deadline: September 9, 2011

The College Board is pleased to announce the November 2011 EducationUSA Connect-China delegation—a new opportunity for accredited U.S. institutions and higher education associations to participate in a two-week delegation to the People’s Republic of China. Sponsored and fully funded for up to 16 participants by the U.S. Department of State, the trip will include visits to national secondary schools and universities in collaboration with EducationUSA. The key objectives focus on building linkages with local institutions capable of hosting study abroad programs for U.S. students, joint degree or twinning programs, and opportunities for faculty and administrator exchange.

The tentative travel schedule is: arrival in Beijing on November 5, and departure to the U.S. on November 19.

Participants will deliver information sessions and workshops for students, families, and educators across the country to explain the U.S. higher education system and admission process, and to discuss academic programs and exchange initiatives. An orientation will be held in Beijing, followed by travel to central Chinese cities. The announcement and application form may be downloaded at www.educationusa.info/highered.php

Eligibility: Accredited U.S. higher education institutions and higher education associations are eligible to apply. Applicants must be aware of the role of EducationUSA advising; applications from representatives of campuses or organizations that have hosted EducationUSA advisers are especially welcome. Participants in the September 2010 EducationUSA Working Group on China are not eligible.

Email questions to educationusa@collegeboard.org.

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Study Abroad

Once again, IIE and the Forum on Education Abroad are collaborating to gather top line data on study abroad enrollments for the 2010/11 academic year in anticipation of International Education Week. This early snapshot data will be followed by the regular, detailed Open Doors Study Abroad Survey data collection early next year.

We hope you will be able to give us some quick feedback (via the online survey form) on study abroad enrollments at your institution during the past academic year. We realize it is still early, and students returning from study abroad last spring or summer may not have transferred their credits yet. Therefore, we ask you to provide your best early estimates, even if the numbers for your institution are not yet final.

To complete the survey, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/study-abroad-2011

All institutional responses will be kept confidential and only aggregate numbers will be reported.
Please respond as soon as possible.

Unless we receive your response by Friday, September 30, 2011, we will not be able to include it in the results reported during International Education Week.

If your institution is a member of both IIENetwork and the Forum, you may receive multiple requests for data sent to different contacts. Please ensure that only one reply is submitted per campus.

Comments or questions about the survey may be directed to: iieresearch@iie.org.

Thank you very much for participating in this short survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, once you have gathered the relevant data.

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Application Deadline: January 23, 2012

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2012-2013 Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program competition.

Program Overview

The Whitaker International Program provides funding to emerging U.S.-based leaders in biomedical engineering/bioengineering to conduct a study and/or research project abroad, with the underlying objective of increasing international collaboration in the field of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Grant projects—including lab research, coursework, and public policy work—are intended to enhance both the recipient’s career and the field. Founded in 2005 by the Whitaker Foundation (now closed), the program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Whitaker International Program grants are awarded based on an activity/project proposal that is relevant to biomedical engineering. Note that not all aspects of the project have to be strictly BME-related, but the applicant should showcase how the award will enhance his/her future goals in the bioengineering field. The program also allows for non-BME majors to apply as long as the candidate has relevant experience and interest in BME.

We anticipate offering about 50 grants, but only the highest-quality applicants are offered awards. In the last three competitions, 20, 35, and 40 grants were awarded.

We are seeking to increase our pool of qualified applicants, so all eligible students who are exploring the idea of going abroad for a post-graduate/post-doctoral project are encouraged to apply. Aside from the personal and professional benefits to the individual grantee, benefits to the home institution also accrue, as new university partnerships have developed with hosting institutions overseas; collaborations have developed between U.S. bioengineers and their academic counterparts worldwide; and U.S. labs have benefited from having their students learn and bring back new and, sometimes, cutting-edge technologies and procedures.

Awards have included research in heart blood flow, improved prosthetic leg design, development of affordable oral cancer screening tools, and investment in BME research. Projects occur worldwide, and have taken place in many European countries, as well as in such places as China, South Africa, Vietnam, Australia, Singapore, and many more.

Types of Grants

The Whitaker International Program has two categories:

  • Fellows: Graduate-level applicants, from graduating seniors through current Ph.D. students. Fellows receive a stipend for one year, and are eligible for tuition reimbursement.
  • Scholars: Post-doctoral applicants, who recently received their Ph.D. Scholar awards can be for as little as one academic semester or as long as two years of funding, depending on their needs. Second year funding is contingent on demonstration of progress made during the first year.

Website & Online Application

The online application is now open with a January 23, 2012 deadline. For information pertaining to the program, including eligibility requirements, examples of potential host institutions, and former grantee profiles, please visit the following websites:


Whitaker Program Online Forum

A new Whitaker online forum has been created for applicants to interact with former grantees and ask them questions about grant projects, tips on the application, securing host affiliations, and the general grant experience. Additionally, the forum has answers to many Frequently Asked Questions on the Whitaker Program. Please visit: www.whitaker.org/forum/

Publicity Materials

Please feel free to circulate this announcement to your colleagues or to students who you think would be eligible for the program. Program brochures are available upon request.

If you have any questions about the Whitaker International Program or would like to request a Program brochure, please contact Program Officer Sabeen Altaf at saltaf@iie.org.

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Application Deadlines: January 31 (Boren Fellowship) and February 9 (Boren Scholarship)

The applications for the 2012-2013 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholarships provide undergraduate students up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research.

The Boren Awards are an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education. Please contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with any questions.

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