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Application Deadline: August 1, 2014 | Application and Program Details

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 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.  Fulbright has introduced several innovations to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals.
 
Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2014.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions, please visit our website.
 
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. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.
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 "Whatever your opinion of them, you can’t deny that MOOCs have come a long way in the last few years," writes Thu-Huong Ha in her post on TED Blog. The post includes very interesting infographic on MOOC users provided by Alex Cusack, a consultant in educational technology.


In another recent article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Christina C. Davidson asks the question "What type of internationalized liberal education will the online platform offer?" The article explores this question and proposes many others about diversity and access. "The hope is that [students] will increasingly begin to compare and contrast their experiences with those of people in drastically different contexts," writes Davidson.

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An article in University World News discusses new growth trends for Asian countries hosting internationally mobile students and references a recent study released by UNESCO on student mobility in Asia and the pacific. "The increasing demand for higher education, coupled with the financial power of a growing middle class in Asia, has fuelled the trend for students to pursue an overseas university education," writes Yojana Sharma.     

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In a recent article published in World Education News and Reviews, Yoko Kono writes, "While the provision of higher education beyond national borders, known as transnational education (TNE), is a well-established activity for British and Australian universities, U.S. higher education institutions (HEIs) have traditionally been far less active in this realm." Kono discusses considerations for U.S. institutions seeking to provide TNE opportunities.

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A new book, Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), brings together expert insight from 33 authors spanning 6 world regions for the first truly global analysis of collaborative degree programs and what they mean for students and higher education today.

Articles include:
  • Institutional perspectives from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America
  • Essays on student demand, employability of graduates, and quality assurance
  • A conceptual framework for collaborative degree programs
  • Studies of collaborative degree programs in regional policy contexts
  • In-depth case studies of collaborative degree programs

A limited-time package deal includes IIE’s previous publication Joint and Double Degree Programs: An Emerging Model for Transatlantic Exchange for $59.95.
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From EducationUSA: The long awaited Presidential Decree to launch the Global Education program in Russia has finally been signed.  Global Education, which funds graduate studies in high-tech, public administration, education administration and social services fields, will start distributing funds in 2014. Students applying for support from the Global Education program must also independently apply and be admitted to a Master, PhD or post-doctoral program at a top 300 ranked institution. Global Education covers expenses up to $45,000 per year for specific fields of study and carries the stipulation that recipients return to Russia and work for at least three years in a government approved organization. 

The details of the program, including lists of approved universities and organizations that can receive Global Education recipients, should be finalized by April 2014. See official information (in Russian only).
 
EducationUSA in Russia will post updates as they become available.
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Conferences

March 13-14, 2014 | IIE Headquarters in NYC

Please join us for the Annual IIE Best Practices in International Education Conference on March 13-14, 2014, in New York City. This event will cover many exciting keynote, plenary, and session themes, and will feature high-level experts, including presidents, provosts, and international education administrators from institutions around the world. In addition, a special awards portion of the conference will honor the winners of the 2014 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.

Pre-Conference Roundtable Discussions and Networking on Thursday, March 13
  • Strategies for Expanding Collaboration with Brazil
  • The Impact of Globalization on International Education 
  • Facilitating International Research Collaboration
Friday, March 14 Conference sessions will feature best practices in the following areas:
  • Strategic Planning for Comprehensive Internationalization 
  • Best Practices in Expanding Participation in Study Abroad 
  • New Strategies for Global Engagement and Partnerships 
Thank you to the organizations that already agreed to sponsor the IIE Best Practices Conference: 
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February 16-19, 2014 | Washington DC
Registration Deadline: January 24, 2014 | Register Online

You are invited to participate in the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)’s 2014 Annual Conference. Nearly 1,000 university leaders from over 600 universities in more than 35 countries will be in attendance. The conference features nine outstanding pre-conference workshops on key leadership issues and over 100 provocative, relevant, and rewarding sessions and roundtable discussions focused on the theme: Universalizing Global Learning in the 21st Century Academy. Keynote speakers include international education scholar Philip Altbach, philosopher Anthony Appiah, author Azar Nafisi, and psychologist Derald Wing Sue.
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April 11-13, 2014 | Williamsburg, VA
Registration Deadline: March 15, 2014 | Registration and Conference Details

Join leaders in academia, K-12 education, business, government, and the NGO sectors for timely research and discussion of national human resource needs and strategies for enabling U.S. educational institutions to address the broad national policy goals to:
  • Ensure a globally competent citizenry and workforce
  • Strengthen the U.S. ability to solve global problems
  • Produce international experts and knowledge for national needs
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October 7-10, 2014 | Brisbane, Australia
Submission Deadline: March 28, 2014 | Submission and Conference Details

The AIEC program comprises a combination of core sessions, panels and plenaries that are designed and built by the Committee. 

The Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals that:
  • relate to the conference theme 'Inventing the Future'
  • focus on any of the key topics of interest listed
  • have relevance to the sectors listed
  • have relevance to both public and private providers
  • have a broad appeal to an international audience
  • present findings of recently completed research related to the conference theme and areas of interest, with the potential to assist in the short or long term to inform national or institutional policy, strategy and good practice
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Deadlines

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014 | Application and Competition Details

IIE is pleased to announce a new competition of the Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development for the 2014-15 academic year. The Horovitz Fund is dedicated to African artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences.  Award winner(s) receive funds to defray educational costs for one academic year, renewable for a second year based on satisfactory academic performance and continued need.  

The amount of the award ranges from $10,000 to $17,000 dispersed over two years, and funds may be used to cover thesis research, tuition, living costs, etc.  

Application Criteria include:
  • Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African country
  • Be a graduate student, researcher or artist in a program at an accredited U.S. university, cultural or artistic institution (on a F or J visa)
  • Specialize in the humanities or social sciences
  • Demonstrate academic achievement, by transcripts and letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Not be currently funded by an established education grant program 
Qualified candidates should contact Horovitz@iie.org to request an application.  Completed applications should be submitted to IIE no later than May 15, 2014.
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Fulbright

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST


The U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society are partnering to launch the inaugural Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship competition. This new component of the Fulbright Program will offer up to five awards to U.S. citizens. Over a nine-month period, awardees will create multimedia stories on globally significant social or environmental topics including biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans, and water.  

The Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship provides a unique platform for U.S. Fulbright awardees to build awareness of transnational challenges, comparing and contrasting cross-border issues. Fellows will share their stories through National Geographic’s platforms, using a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media.

For more information, contact fulbright-natgeo@iie.org.
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