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The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2016-2017 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. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright will be offering more opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about that nearly 600 core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards or by participating in one our webinars.

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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February 5, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM EST Teleconference | Register Online

IIE invites you to attend an IIENetwork National Conference Call focusing on the future of U.S.-Cuban higher education engagement, opportunities for academic collaboration, and how some institutions are addressing challenges that arise. The call will be moderated by Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of IIE. Distinguished participants will include:
  • Juan Antonio Blanco, Executive Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives, Miami Dade College
  • Margaret Crahan, Director, Cuba Program, Institute of  Latin American Studies, Columbia University
  • Daniel Obst, Deputy Vice President, International Partnerships, Institute of International Education
  • Lisandro Pérez, Chair of Latin American and Latina/o Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
IIE will contact registrants with detailed dial-in instructions prior to the teleconference.
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The U.S. and Cuba are poised to restore diplomatic relations, which may lead to big shifts in higher education, according to Alia Wong’s article in The Atlantic. As restrictions gradually relaxed after Obama took office, opportunities for studying abroad in Cuba have increased. "I hope the numbers will grow," said IIE President Allan Goodman, interviewed for the article. "But I really hope they grow both ways." As of now, about two dozen Cuba study abroad programs are in operation in the United States.

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Dr. Allan E. Goodman, IIE President and CEO, shares about his participation as chair of the selection committee for the Rhodes-administered Falcon Scholarships in the United Arab Emirates. The committee met recently to make the final selection for 2015. "Increasingly I find that what defines the grantees we serve is the way they excel in doing multiple things but always find ways to help others. It is a very good thing," writes Goodman.

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For the past 75 years the International Visitor Leadership Program, administered with IIE since 1972, has connected emerging leaders from around the world to the United States. Today the International Visitor Leadership Program has brought more than 200,000 people from over 190 countries to address the today’s critical issues.

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While teaching graduate courses as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Botswana, Professor Lisa Lopez Levers also worked with towns and villages to develop community-based services for children affected by HIV/AIDS, as seen in this photo from the 2005 IIE Annual Report.

View IIE’s complete archive of annual reports since 1919.


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Rahul Choudaha’s article in the University World News cautions against the post-recession "short-termism" of international student recruitment. "Given today’s fiscal challenges, competitive landscape and complex markets, the pressure to increase numbers has led colleges and universities to adopt quick fixes," writes Choudaha. His article poses four questions "every institution needs to ask itself in order to move from quick-fix international enrolment strategies to sustainable ones."

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Al-Fanar Media recently compiled articles the plight of refugees and "internally displaced persons" who are seeking education in crisis-affected situations in the Middle East and Africa. "Around the world, the number of refugees is at its highest since World War II, more than 51 million, with a strong concentration in the Middle East and North Africa," write the editors. "Given that situation, we have collected our coverage from the past year and put it in one place."

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Conferences

February 17, 2015, at 9:00 AM | EU Delegation to the U.S., 2175 K Street NW, Washington, DC


The EU Rendez-Vous series features senior European and American representatives discussing the 21st century's most significant issues, from foreign policy and the global economy to energy security and human rights. The upcoming event will feature Xavier Prats Monné, the European Union's Director-General for Education & Culture, in conversation with Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education.
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Fulbright

New data released by the UK Universities and Colleges Admissions Service shows a five per cent increase (3,080, compared to 2,930) in the number of U.S. applicants applying by the main January deadline for courses in the UK starting in 2015-16, according to a press release by the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Undergraduate study in the UK was already growing in popularity amongst U.S. students with steady increases in recent years. However, this latest data shows a record breaking level of interest.

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Partnerships

Application Deadline: March 2, 2015 | Application and Program Details

Eurasia Foundation invites accredited higher education institutions from Russia and the United States to submit joint proposals for creating new bilateral partnerships as part of the US-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP). The two-stage competition offers modest "contact" funding to support the design of partnership project proposals and more substantial "linkage" funding for the implementation of partnership projects. Proposals must include at least one Russian and one U.S. institution. All application materials for Contact project funding are due on March 2, 2015. Application materials for Linkage project funding are due on May 18, 2015.
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A group of students from the New York Film Academy received a rare opportunity to tour Northrop Grumman Corporation’s facilities, where components of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are being constructed. The Academy has recently signed a "space act agreement" with the NASA, which establishes a pivotal relationship between the two organizations to merge the visual arts and sciences to increase public awareness of JWST. The Academy, an IIENetwork member, currently hosts more than 6,000 students from 109 countries.

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Wagdy Sawahel’s article in University World News discusses a new initiative of universities in Egypt to increase the enrolment of Arab and African students in higher education institutions in the next three years from 53,000 to 200,000 international students. "Universities will need to improve their research profiles by focusing on high-need research areas and expanding collaborations and partnerships with regional research centres and higher education institutions," writes Sawahel.

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Study Abroad


The Institute of International Education (IIE) invites you to update or add study abroad funding opportunities to our online student directory, www.StudyAbroadFunding.org.

With hundreds of scholarship and grant opportunities listed, www.StudyAbroadFunding.org is a comprehensive directory on finding study abroad funding opportunities for study abroad professionals and candidates. It features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research all around the world. Basic listings are free of charge and we provide many affordable opportunities - now including video - to better publicize your institution’s programs.

To evaluate the affordable upgrade options, click here. If you have any questions, contact iiesupport@naylor.com.
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March 24, 2015, in New Orleans, LA | Register by March 16, 2015

Join us in New Orleans for an IIE Generation Study Abroad Advisor Workshop!

The Institute of International Education invites you to attend a Generation Study Abroad Advisor Workshop to be held in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana on March 24. This workshop will provide program overviews and advising recommendations for IIE administered grants, such as the Fulbright US Student Program, Boren Scholarships & Fellowships and the Gilman International Scholarship Program. The workshop will also provide information about Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative launched by IIE to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad by the end of the decade.
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