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UTSA students can apply for Fulbright fellowships

(July 10, 2006)--Applications are being accepted for 2007-2008 Fulbright Program for U.S. Students fellowships. UTSA's internal deadline for applications is Sept. 19.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

  • UTSA students are invited to an information session on applying for Fulbright fellowships from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, July 21 in the UTSA Office of International Programs, Main Building Room 1.210 at the 1604 Campus.

For more information, contact Holly Hill, UTSA assistant director of study abroad and exchange programs and Fulbright program adviser, at (210) 458-7204 or visit the Study Abroad and Exchange Programs Web site.

Applications must be submitted both electronically and in hard copy to the Office of International Programs by the UTSA closing date of Sept. 19 in order to be received by the Fulbright program electronically by Oct. 20 and in hard copyby Oct. 23.

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Background: Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

For 60 years, the federal government-sponsored Fulbright Program for U.S. Students has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research and teach in other countries. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

The Fulbright program awards approximately 1,200 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are available in more than 20 countries. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage, and full or partial tuition.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright program has provided more than 273,500 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world. In the past 60 years, 102,900 students, scholars and teachers have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Department of State and by participating foreign governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. Appointed by the president, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers and coordinates the Fulbright program, including the annual competition for grants.

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