Washington, DC - The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board held its 262nd quarterly meeting February 19-20, 2014 at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The Board focused on innovations in The Fulbright Program that respond to current policy priorities and changes in international education, and examined foreign sources of public and private funding for the U.S. Government’s international exchange program.
The Board met with Fulbright Commission Executive Directors from six countries to discuss fundraising and public-private partnerships that support the Fulbright Program. The Board learned about Fulbright Program implications of developments in higher education in Europe, from Austrian-American Educational Commission Executive Director Lonnie Johnson, Danish-American Fulbright Commission Executive Director Marie Monsted, and Commission for Cultural, Scientific, and Educational Exchange Between the United States of America and Spain Executive Director Alberto Lopez. The Board was also briefed on host government support for Fulbright in the Western Hemisphere by Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States and Argentina Executive Director Norma González, Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America Executive Director Michael Hawes, and Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States of America and Colombia Executive Director Ann Mason.
Pursuant to its policymaking role, the Board also voted to support “Collaborative Group Research” to allow flexibility in new Fulbright programs that provide multilateral, multidisciplinary group research to build networks of scholars for ongoing collaboration. The collaborative group research model brings new depth and visibility to the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, adding a new dimension to the traditional role of the Fulbright Program by fostering the exchange of individual scholars through collaborative research examining topics of global significance. Selected by the Board, recipients of collaborative group research grants are outstanding professionals and scholars with substantial expertise and professional standing in the designated area of the grant.
The U.S. Government’s Fulbright Program is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants from over 160 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board was established by the United States Congress in 1961; members of the Board are appointed by the President of the United States. The Board selects participants and set policies for the Fulbright Program and publishes an Annual Report on the global impact of the program.