Yehuda Stolov and Salah Aladdin, two leaders of The Interfaith Encounter Association, received the 2015 IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East
for leading grass roots interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study groups that bring Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze together on a very personal level to share their cultures, beliefs, and traditions across religious and cultural divides.
The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was presented at a June 22nd ceremony in Jerusalem by Victor J. Goldberg, a retired IBM executive who is a longtime Trustee of the New York-based Institute of International Education and who established and endowed the prize in 2005. Thomas Genton, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv and Richard Buangan, Consul for Press and Cultural Affairs at the American Consulate General in Jerusalem spoke at the Prize ceremony.
Mr. Stolov and Mr. Aladdin believe that the different communities have to learn to interact positively as a pre-condition for sustainable political agreement, and the process towards it has to include all parts of the respective societies, regardless of their political aspirations. Their work facilitates interaction among individuals who might not otherwise ever have a chance to meet one another, and encourages individuals to confront their own prejudices and fears of "the other." Their goal is to replace mistrust and fear with mutual understanding, respect and trust, making it possible to explore the differences between the traditions respectfully and constructively and to develop friendships among people who may disagree.
With more than 800 grant and scholarship listings, Funding for United States Study is the most comprehensive directory on locating funding for study in the United States. It features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States. All basic listings are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to publicize your institution's programs.
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The trimming down of government-funded programs, such as the National Security Education Program (NSEP), will have undesirable consequences on the future of U.S. engagement with the world, according to Charles King, professor of international affairs at Georgetown University. — Foreign Affairs
According to IIE’s James King, Turkey’s generally benevolent and sensible policy toward Syrian refugees may shift as a result of recent elections and the declining influence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party, potentially threatening a vital safe haven for university students and scholars fleeing violence in their home country. — University World News
Students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are driving growth in U.S. study abroad, likely due to a growing awareness of the international challenges these disciplines seek to resolve and the career benefits of gaining the relevant international skills. — Diverse Issues in Higher Education
This new Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat report presents findings of a study of the policy context around higher education institution mobility in eight APEC economies: China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. — APEC
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece invites you to join the 21st Annual U.S. University Fair. The U.S. University Fair is Greece's top event for students, parents, teachers, and counselors to learn about educational opportunities available in the United States at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Greece ranks among the top countries in the world from which students go abroad to pursue higher education degrees. Make sure your institution is among those that Greek students consider for their studies.
Each year, the Fulbright FLTA Program
facilitates programs on U.S. college and university campuses for 400+ young educators from all over the world. In the Fulbright FLTA Program, these educators act as teaching assistants in language programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IIE, the Fulbright FLTA Program has been designed to develop U.S. students’ knowledge of foreign cultures and languages while also providing an opportunity for grantees to develop their professional skills and a greater understanding of the United States. The Fulbright FLTA impact evaluation will allow program participants to provide in-depth feedback on their experience in the program and enable IIE to ascertain if program goals are being met.
Academic Year in America (AYA)
has brought over 35,000 students to the United States from over 35 countries to live with a host family as a member of the family and learn about American culture while sharing their own. Students attend the local high school, have their own spending money, and have full medical insurance coverage. It is a life-changing experience for these students and for their host families. All types of family can host—families with young children, with teens, with no children, empty nesters, single people—all are vetted by AYA and can choose the student that they want to host.
"It's such an enriching experience - to live abroad in a place that puts you totally out of your element, that constantly presents you with previously unconceivable challenges, that makes you reshape your assumptions, all while getting to conduct meaningful, impactful research that you never would have been able to do otherwise"
- Mariela Alfonzo, Fulbright Scholar to China, Urban Planning
With over 50 award offerings and close to 150 grants available to 17 countries in the East Asia and the Pacific region, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers a variety of support for U.S. faculty, researchers and professionals at every stage of their career. Applications in all disciplines are endorsed and flexible grant options are supported, including short-term Specialist grants and Flex grants (short-term, segmented research grants).
Increase the awareness of the study of American politics and government in Australia, and to promote comparative and collaborative research in political science between Australia and the United States.
Explore new avenues for professional development in contemporary, China studies of political, social, and cultural developments.
Examine the shared history and economic landscape present in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Research from both sides of the Strait to gain different perspectives on common issues both past and present.
Work with Indonesian scientists on building university educational programs in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematic fields.
Collaborate with Korean counterparts on U.S.-Korean foreign policy, history, global governance, law and economic matters. Grants will support three to nine months of research at a public, national, or private academic institution in Korea.
Lecture on American business practices, economic policy and foreign policy at various institutions in Manila, Luzon and Visayas for up to 3 weeks.
"This experience has transformed my view of the Middle East. This is a far more diverse region than I ever knew with very diverse people and perspectives."
- Fulbright Scholar to Jordan, 2012-2013
"My scientific field is made up of an international community. This is reflected in our conferences, publications, regulations and collaborations. Developing an understanding of the subtleties of working across borders and cultures is an asset."
- Fulbright Scholar to Israel, 2011-2012
With over 40 opportunities available for the 2016-17 academic year, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program to the Middle East and North Africa offers a wide variety of opportunities in a region that is rich with a myriad of cultures and traditions. The award offerings are diverse in discipline and activity, which allow scholars from virtually all focus areas to teach and conduct research at a range of prestigious universities, research institutes, and professional organizations. Fulbright Scholars to this region are given the invaluable opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the most dynamic political, social and cultural landscapes in the world.
Teach courses, conduct research or carry out a combination of teaching and research activities for ten months at either the University of Bahrain or the Bahrain Institute for Banking and Finance.
Provides an opportunity for postdoctoral scholars to conduct research for 20 months at any accredited institution of higher education in Israel. Applicants from any discipline are encouraged to apply.
Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in fields associated with conservation science, cultural resources management, heritage preservation and museology for 5-10 months at one of three potential host institutions. Open to academics in Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, and Area Studies.
Teach and/or conduct research for 3-10 months at any appropriate institution in Morocco. This award is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia, and a PhD is not required. Applicants from any discipline are encouraged to apply.
Teach and/or conduct research for 5-10 months at one of several potential host institutions in the West Bank. Applicants are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but preferred specializations include entrepreneurship/economic development, Islamic studies, media studies, nursing, nutrition, and peace studies/conflict resolution.
Teach for 5-10 months at Qatar University, Doha. Applicants are sought in all appropriate disciplines but those in Political Science are preferred. This award is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals, and a PhD is required.
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.
The IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad
on October 1-2 in Washington will feature 4 high-level plenary debates, 20 action-oriented sessions, 2 think tanks and many networking opportunities, as well as an engaging expo hall, to mobilize commitments and inspire new actions. The Embassies of Brazil, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom will host networking receptions for the conference participants. The session schedule
is now available on the IIE Summit website.
Scholar Rescue Fund
IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund announces its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions anywhere in the world where the scholars can continue their academic work in safety. 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.
IIE-SRF fellow Dr. Nael Yasri, a biochemical engineer from Syria, recently submitted for patent approval an environmentally friendly and cost effective system to reuse liquid waste. The three-part system will break bonds in waste streams, recover heavy metal ions, and recycle materials to reusable form. Dr. Nasri undertook his first year of the IIE-SRF fellowship through a joint partnership between the University of Wisconsin(UW)-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. Now in his second year, he is furthering his research at the University of Western Ontario. As of June 2015, IIE-SRF has assisted 610 scholars by partnering with over 325 academic institutions in 40 countries.