WKU will celebrate the second annual Fulbright Week April 3-7 with events for prospective students and faculty.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program seeking to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the people of other countries. Established in 1946 by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually in more than 160 countries.
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the Office of Scholar Development, the purpose of Fulbright Week is to raise awareness of opportunities through two programs falling under the umbrella of the Fulbright Program: the Fulbright Scholar Program and the U.S. Student Program.
Fulbright Week faculty sessions
The Fulbright Scholar Program provides fully funded opportunities for faculty to conduct research, teach abroad or engage in collaborative projects overseas. As a catalyst for energizing research, connecting U.S. scholars with international colleagues, or broadening faculty members’ teaching with global perspectives, Fulbright Scholar alumni are strong advocates for the program and international education in general.
The Office of International Programs, in partnership with Faculty Fulbright Scholar Liaison Dr. Tony Harkins, associate professor in WKU’s Department of History, has organized a robust calendar of events geared toward prospective faculty members:
Fulbright Week student sessions
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program funds an academic year abroad for graduating seniors and recent graduates to study for a degree, conduct a research or creative/performing arts project, or teach English. For student grantees, the experience can open doors to new avenues for research and creative activity or new professional directions. Win or lose, the application process alone can help students clarify future goals as well as craft more compelling graduate and professional school applications, enhancing their prospects for admission to more competitive programs.
Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith, Coordinator of International Scholarships in the Office of Scholar Development, will host five events related to the U.S. Student Program during Fulbright Week:
For a full calendar of events, visit: http://www.wku.edu/oip/wkufulbright/fulbright_week/fulbrightweek2017.php
About the Office of International Programs: The Office of International Programs supports the internationalization agenda of the university by creating opportunities for faculty and staff development in a global context and supporting the development of meaningful co-curricular programming for student, campus and community audiences. Contact: Anna Yacovone, (270) 745-3975.
About the Office of Scholar Development: The Office of Scholar Development is committed to helping WKU students in all majors and degree programs develop the vision, experience and skills to be independent, engaged scholars. OSD welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested in national or international scholarships. Contact: Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith, (270) 745-5043.
Contact: Anna Yacovone, (270) 745-3975; or Melinda Grimsley-Smith, (270) 745-5043