Intercom Online......May 4, 2000

Deadlines near for Fulbright programs

The Fulbright Scholar Program's annual competition opened March 1 for lecturing and research grants in some 130 countries. Opportunities are open not only to college and university faculty and administrators, but also to professionals from the business community and government, as well as to artists, journalists, lawyers, independent scholars and others.

Grants are available to faculty and administrators from two-year, four-year and graduate institutions.

Fulbright awards vary from two months to an academic year or longer. While foreign language skills are needed in some countries, most lecturing assignments are in English. Some 80 percent of the awards are for lecturing.

The basic eligibility requirements for a Fulbright Senior Scholar award are United States citizenship and the Ph.D. or comparable professional qualifications. (For certain fields, such as the fine arts, the terminal degree in the field may be sufficient.) For lecturing awards, university or college teaching experience is expected.

The application deadline for Fulbright distinguished chairs awards in Europe, Canada and Russia has already passed. The application deadlines for the remaining 2001-2002 grants are:

-- Aug. 1 for Fulbright lecturing and research grants worldwide; and

-- Nov. 1 for spring/summer seminars in Germany, Korea and Japan for international education and academic administrators as well as for the summer German studies seminars.

Penn State faculty and staff interested in information on the program should consult the University's Fulbright Web page at http://www.international.psu.edu/fulbright/fulschol.html/. The Penn State page has links to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), which administers the Fulbright Scholar program.

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