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Proposal Deadline: November 8, 2013 

Accredited U.S. higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus portion of the Winter 2014 EducationUSA Training Institutes (January 27-February 7, 2014). Campuses will be reimbursed for adviser expenses (lodging, food, transportation, materials).

What is EducationUSA?
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world. Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities. EducationUSA staff also work with U.S. higher education professionals to promote international student recruitment.

About the EducationUSA Training Institute
The EducationUSA Training Institute is an intensive training and professional development program designed to provide EducationUSA Advisers with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their effectiveness and build professional competency. Each 2-week EducationUSA Training Institute is comprised of a Washington, DC-based workshop and an on-campus training element. 

The EducationUSA Training Institute: Essentials of Advising (Level 1) program will take place during the winter of 2014. The Level 1 program is designed for new advisers who have at least a year of advising experience to provide a firm grasp of the basic skills and knowledge needed to perform their jobs. Building upon previous training as well as their professional experience, the program will help advisers increase their depth of knowledge and further refine their skill base.

Host Campus Responsibilities
In close collaboration with EducationUSA staff, host campuses will design and carry out the on-campus portion of the training program. Campus responsibilities include securing faculty and staff to deliver training sessions, providing on-campus meeting space and other facilities, and arranging all program logistics, including lodging, meals and transportation.

For more information and to download the application, visit the EducationUSA Professional Development site: www.educationusa.info/conferences/workshop/professional_development/

Questions about the program, hosting responsibilities, or the host campus application should be directed to Matt Washburn, Program Officer, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, washburnmp@state.gov.

EducationUSA Training Institute is an adviser professional development program administered by the Institute of International Education through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

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Daniel Obst, Deputy Vice President of International Partnerships, writes about where international education is headed based on articles in the Fall 2013 edition of the IIENetworker. "The authors of the 15 articles in this issue of IIENetworker provide some truly thought-provoking ideas. The most interesting part, for me at least, was that their predictions for the next big thing are not necessarily futuristic new technologies, but rather revolve around the way we conduct our core business of engaging globally: integrated stakeholder engagement; global research collaboration; developing a global option for the curriculum; designing a truly global university," writes Obst in IIE’s Opening Minds blog. 

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The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant competition is now open for eligible institutions of higher education. Offered through a public-private partnership formed by NAFSA, Partners of the Americas, and the U.S. Department of State, these grants will help universities implement President Obama’s vision of increasing collaboration and student mobility between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean.
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An article in University World News notes researchers in America are more likely to collaborate with their peers outside the U.S. than European researchers are to collaborate with colleagues outside Europe. But it says the benefits of collaborating outside their region are proportionally greater for European than for U.S. researchers. 

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A newly acquired "Master’s degree" status for the French Engineering degree was negotiated by Campus France USA and the French Embassy following a meeting with AACRAO officials. 

In December 2012, an AACRAO team of international experts met with members of CAMPUSFRANCE, a French national agency which promotes higher education and international student mobility, as well as officials and educators involved in engineering education. AACRAO Executive Director Mike Reilly led the US team, which included AACRAO Vice President for International Education Melanie Gottlieb; the French group was under the leadership of Dr. Emelienne Baneth-Nouailhetas, Attache for University Cooperation at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. 

The meeting revolved around the AACRAO EDGE database’s credential advice regarding French education. The conversations focused largely on engineering education in France – specifically the engineering grande ecoles which are the elite system of schools that exist alongside the university sector in French higher education. The two teams closely examined information pertaining to the educational path resulting in the award of the diplome d’Ingenieur (Dip d’Ing) which in EDGE has been described as comparable to the U.S. Bachelor of Science in engineering. The French view is that this degree is more comparable to a U.S. master’s degree in engineering.


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Conferences

Washington, DC
October 3-6, 2013

The Fulbright Association is happy to announce its 36th Annual Conference in Washington DC on October 3-6, 2013. With the theme of Fulbright in Action, there will be interesting speakers, exciting formats, relevant content, and actionable outcomes. 

For more information and to register, visit: http://fulbrightevents.org/

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Internationalization of U.S. Education in the 21st Century: The Future of International and Foreign Language Studies

April 11-13, 2014
William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA

The U.S. faces an urgent education issue that will directly affect our nation’s wellbeing for generations to come:  the global competence of Americans.  Yet international and foreign language education—the essential means to building global competence—is in jeopardy due to diminishing federal, state and private support.
 
The Coalition for International Education and the College of William & Mary are co-sponsoring a major policy conference on the future of international education in the U.S., to be held in Williamsburg, VA on April 11-13, 2014. Please plan to join leaders in academia, K-12 education, business, government, and the NGO sectors for a timely national review and discussion about our human resource needs for global competence, and innovative strategies and structures to prepare our students for the global era.  We will focus in particular on the role of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Act -Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs, and K-12 foreign language education.  Title VI is due for reauthorization in 2014-15 in the context of new developments in educational technology, the growing demand for global competence in the US workforce, and ongoing US diplomatic and national security challenges around the world.  
 
Details of the conference program and registration will be available later this fall.  Please mark your calendars. 
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November 12 -13, 2013
Washington, DC

The Transatlantic Science Week 2013 is now open for registration. This year marks the 12th conference of its kind aimed at promoting collaboration between research, innovation and educational institutions and organizations in the US, Canada and Norway. The conference will take place in Washington, DC with the main themes being International Security, Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Cyber Security and Education Policy/Education Research. 

View the event summary here. RSVP here by October 28.
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Deadlines

Proposal Deadline: October 4, 2013

The British Council is pleased to launch their call for proposals for the next Going Global conference taking place from April 29 to May 1, 2014 in Miami. Going Global offers an annual forum for policy makers and practitioners to discuss the current issues facing the international education community. The conference attracts over 1,000 participants from across the further and higher education sectors, governments, national agencies, the media and a variety of other industries not limited to international education. We are especially interested in practical examples of how you have anticipated and responded to the challenges of the conference themes in your own work.

Going Global 2014 explores how innovation systems are formed, structured and driven globally and transnationally. Delegates will consider how talent to drive innovation is developed and how countries meet the challenge of providing sufficient high quality tertiary education to ensure the widespread inclusion and participation of their citizens. The conference will focus on what impact an internationalized higher and tertiary sector can deliver in these twin areas of innovation and inclusion. 


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Deadline: December 16

HSS Chateaubriand is a fellowship program offered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. It targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries.

HSS Chateaubriand grantees are applicants who answer the program’s criteria of excellence and whose sojourn in France will support the program’s philosophy. The HSS Chateaubriand fellowship program’s purpose is to foster bilateral cooperation at Ph.D. and research level, and to build and strengthen bridges between our two nations.

For any further information please visit: http://humanities.chateaubriand-fellowship.org or contact the Chateaubriand HSS program manager, Ms. Prudence Barbera: hss.coordinator@chateaubriand-fellowship.org
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Partnerships

CORT is proud to become a corporate member of the Institute of International Education (IIE). From complete furniture and housewares rental packages to assisting in apartment hunting and area orientation, CORT remains dedicated to making the transition to the U.S. a smooth one. That’s why we partner with universities and other organizations to provide solutions for incoming international students as well as visiting scholars.

We believe everyone benefits from a welcoming, stress-free environment. By working together, we can better serve the needs of students and visiting scholars and help them feel at home, on- or off-campus, before they even set foot in the classroom.

CORT will be exhibiting at the NAFSA regional conferences this fall, so be sure to stop by and visit with us. Or call 888.304.2112 for more information.
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Study Abroad

Deadline: October 28, 2013

To complete the survey, please go to: www.iiefeedback.org/se.ashx?s=612502253C609E5C 

IIE and the Forum on Education Abroad are joining once again this year to gather early data on study abroad enrollments for the 2012/13 academic year (including summer 2013), with the goal of informing the study abroad community and key stakeholders about the latest developments in study abroad in anticipation of the Open Doors® 2013 Press Briefing. We hope you will be able to give us some quick feedback again this year via the online survey form on your study abroad enrollments for 2012/13. We realize it is still early and students returning from study abroad in the 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.
 
All institutional responses will be anonymous and only aggregate numbers will be shared. Please try to respond as soon as possible. Unless we receive your response by Monday, October 28, 2013, we will not be able to include it in the results reported during International Education Week in November. 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. Please contact iieresearch@iie.org if you have any questions.

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The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program deadline for Spring 2014 applicants was yesterday and advisors have until October 8 to certify student applications. The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The Gilman Scholarship Program’s mission is to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Since 2001, with the support of Congress and the Department of State, the program has awarded over 14,000 U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need, those generally underrepresented in education abroad. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman Scholarship website at www.iie.org/Gilman.

For an application to be complete, students needed to submit their application by the student deadline and then have their application certified online by a study abroad advisor and a financial aid advisor by the advisor deadline next week. All applicants will be notified of their status by early December.  

Please feel free to join us for an upcoming webinar by registering with the link below:

How to Certify - A Walk-Through of the Gilman Application 
Thursday, October 3, 11am-12pm CDT, register: www2.gotomeeting.com/register/217230322 

Advisors can contact the Gilman Program based on region:
Midwest & Northeast: gilmanadvisors@iie.org or 832.369.3487
South & West: gilmanadvisors@iie.org or 832-369-3483

We look forward to awarding our next round of Gilman Scholars for the Spring 2014 term and we thank you for your support!
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The Boren Awards fall webinar series begins this week. In addition, there is still time to register for the two in-person workshops for campus representatives and advisors that we are offering in collaboration with other IIE programs.

The webinars will cover the program preferences, application process, and service requirement. There will also be webinars featuring alumni and representatives of the African Languages Initiative. See the full list of webinars and register at www.borenawards.org/webinars.html

At the in-person workshops listed below, we will summarize the goals of each program, review the application processes, and provide tips on helping students submit competitive applications.

October 30 - New York City, New York
IIE New York Headquarters (809 United Nations Plaza). RSVP Online: www.iiefeedback.org/se.ashx?s=61250225292E09D7
9:00am - 10:00am: Gilman Scholarship Program (via webinar)
10:00am - 12:00pm: Boren Awards
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Fulbright U.S. Student Program

November 20 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
University of St. Thomas Downtown Minneapolis Campus.  RSVP Online: www.iiefeedback.org/se.ashx?s=61250225292E09FB
1:30-3:00pm: Gilman Scholarship Program
3:30-5:00pm: Boren Awards

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to become more proficient in the cultures and languages of world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Maximum awards are $20,000 for the Boren Scholarships and $30,000 for the Boren Fellowships. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

Applications for the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship are now available online at www.borenawards.org. The Boren Fellowships deadline is January 28, 2014 and the Boren Scholarships deadline is February 5, 2014. 

Please contact us with questions or comments by email: boren@iie.org or phone (1-800-618-NSEP).


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Scholar Rescue Fund

Application Deadline: October 11, 2013

The Institute of International Education's (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund (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. 

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.
 
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. 
  • We strongly encourage applications from female scholars and under-represented groups. 
  • Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.
Information on eligibility and criteria can be found here.

To apply:  
Please download the application materials from: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/for-scholars.php (outreach messages are available in Arabic, French, Persian and Spanish)

To nominate a threatened scholar:
IIE-SRF accepts referrals and applications from third-party nominators who know of a threatened scholar's need for assistance. Please contact SRF@iie.org for details.

To host a IIE-SRF scholar please visit: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/for-hosts.php

How the Scholar Rescue Fund works: 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. 

Fellowships are disbursed through dedicated host academic institutions, which provide direct support and a safe haven for IIE-SRF fellows. In most cases, hosts are asked to match the IIE-SRF fellowship award by providing salary/stipend support and other in-kind assistance that would make the scholar's appointment similar to any visiting position.  

For a late November decision, please submit application materials by October 11, 2013. Please note that applications are accepted at any time and can be considered on an emergency basis.

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