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Deadline: October 16, 2015 | Download Nomination Form | Contact

The Institute of International Education is delighted to invite you to nominate your program for the 2016 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. 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, excellent and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international exchange partnerships in practice today. There are four award categories for 2016: Internationalizing the Campus, Study Abroad, International Partnerships, and Internationalizing the HBCU or Community College.

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IIE Senior Researcher Christine Farrugia discusses the growing presence of diploma-seeking international students in U.S. high schools, which she explains is beginning to shift the landscape of international student recruitment for U.S. colleges and universities. "Students perceive an admissions advantage to earning a U.S. high school diploma," writes Farrugia, yet they "have unique support needs during the higher education application process."

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Increased violence in Syria and Iraq has altered the operation of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, formed in 2002 to help scholars threatened due to their sometimes-dissident work. Today the Fund is responding to scholars affected by civil conflict and persecuted for their ethnicity, gender, or religion. — PassBlue

Open Educational Resources (OER) Foundation, headquartered in New Zealand, aims to widen access to affordable education through an "open education" model, which advocates argue, is the only way to meet a rapidly growing demand for tertiary education. — University World News

A new study finds that international exchange participants do not become less nationalistic, as widely assumed. They do however express it in a more "enlightened" manner. — Washington Post
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Conferences

December 7–9, 2015, in Philadelphia, PA | Read More | Contact

QS would like to invite you to join Reimagine Education 2015, the Oscars of Higher Education Innovation. The presentation of the Wharton-QS Awards will take place during a three-day global conference at The Wharton School in Philadelphia. The conference will see the participation of shortlisted entrants, who will be joined by academics, university administrators, employers, leading industry representatives, global higher education experts, and keynote speakers. This gathering offers exceptional networking opportunities with a prestigious group of educationalists and employers.
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Deadlines

Proposal Deadline: September 16, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

IIE’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) is pleased to invite U.S. campuses to apply to host scholars for the 2016 Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program (AJFDP). This 10-week program will sponsor 10 junior faculty members from Afghanistan to be placed at one selected U.S. institution for intensive professional development from January through March 2016. The selected institution will enjoy a unique opportunity to establish lasting relationships with faculty members at universities in the scholars’ home countries and to build upon current efforts to internationalize their campuses and surrounding communities.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by IIE/CIES, AJFDP is designed to enhance and broaden the professional skill sets of junior faculty in various disciplines, provide insight into the American system of higher education, and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Afghanistan.
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Application Deadline: February 9, 2016 (on-campus deadlines vary) | Read More | Contact

The applications for the 2016-2017 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 and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. 

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

The Boren Awards has several special initiatives to diversify the types of students study abroad and the languages they are studying.
The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.
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Submission Deadline: November 20, 2015 | Learn More | Contact

Help the Norwegian Embassy show the world that the Arctic isn't just Santa Claus, Princess Anna, and Queen Elsa. The is embassy looking for amateur filmmakers to help teach about the real Arctic rarely depicted in popular entertainment, the Arctic that is home to more than 700,000 Americans and 10 percent of the population of Norway, the Arctic that is booming economically as new shipping routes open up and melting ice paves the way for resource discovery on a grand scale, and the Arctic whose flora, fauna, and landscape are threatened by the climate change that is creating those very same opportunities.

The embassy invites you to submit a 3-minute film in a style of your choosing that shows audiences around the world things they never knew about this special region. Filmmakers should focus on people, economic development, and climate. Preference will be given to films that look at all three and that fill their audiences’ heads with questions and inspire them to learn more.
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Partnerships

September 3, 2015, 4:00 PM (UTC time) | Register | Contact

Looking for academic cooperation with Eurasia? This webinar led by the Eastern European University Association gives an up-to-date big picture of higher education in Eurasia, including profiles of higher education institutions and what types of partnerships they are seeking. It will also share effective ways of searching and attracting academic partners for cooperation with Join education programs, student/faculty exchanges, dual degree programs, and short-term programs.
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Study Abroad

We'd love to hear them! Register by August 31 to secure your spot at the regular registration rate.

October 1–2, 2015 in Washington, DC | Register | Contact

The IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad will bring together creative thinkers from a variety of perspectives and sectors, including education, business and government leaders and journalists. We invite you to join the conversation, so that together we can learn and share innovative solutions to increase and diversify study abroad participation.
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August 27, 2015, 2:00–3:00 PM EDT | Register

Please join Diversity Abroad and the U.S. Department of State's Gilman Scholarship Program as they host a webinar highlighting "Opportunities to Study Abroad in Nontraditional Locations." Over half of the U.S. students who study abroad go to countries in Western Europe. Stand out from the crowd and consider studying or interning abroad in a different region such as the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. One of the keys to creating a winning scholarship application is to set yourself apart from the other applicants. 

Join Diversity Abroad and staff from the Gilman Scholarship Program as they share information on study abroad locations that are off the beaten path and what fields of study students often pursue in these regions. Additionally, hear from a Gilman Scholarship Alumni about their perspective and experience on studying in a non-traditional country. If you're not able to join us from your computer at that time, we'll be sharing the information with everyone who signs up following the event.
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