What is a Fulbright anyway?

8 08 2010

I can’t state it any better than the Fulbright people themselves:

“The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to ‘increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.’ With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.” ~Council for International Exchange of Scholars

“Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.” ~Institute of International Education — Fulbright

My Nepal Fulbright Scholar Grant will provide a monthly stipend for my 5 months in Nepal, roundtrip airfare (plus excess baggage coverage), a furnished apartment in Kathmandu and funds for language training and teaching/research materials, plus a few extra goodies. That may seem like a lot, but what they’re getting in return is a cultural ambassador who will strengthen connections between the United States and the host country for life, because once you’re a Fulbrighter, you’re always a Fulbrighter.

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