Saturday, April 9, 2011

Student Fulbright Workshop to be Hosted by International Programs

The Division of International Programs at Northern Illinois University will host a Student Fulbright Workshop on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the University Suite of the Holmes Student Center.  At the workshop, Megan Spillman, a representative from the Midwest Regional Center of the Institute of International Education, will give a presentation on the Student Fulbright Program and answer questions.

The Student Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is coordinated in the United States by the Institute of International Education.  This is a highly competitive program that provides funding for students to study, research, or teach abroad at the post-baccalaureate or graduate level worldwide.

Melissa Shalter
Brandi Smith
NIU has a history of success in the Student Fulbright competition.  Last year, two NIU graduates were awarded Fulbright grants to AustriaBrandi Smith of Chicago was awarded a grant to conduct research and be a teaching assistant in Vienna, Austria.  Melissa Shalter of Ottawa received an English teaching assistant grant.  Past NIU Fulbright students have characterized the program as "...a tremendously productive and fulfilling experience." and "...the culmination of a lifelong dream."  The prestige of the fellowship program is recognized worldwide.

The program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."  after Senator William J. Fulbright introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress in 1945 that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science."

For more information about the Student Fulbright Workshop, please contact Sara Clayton in the Division of International Program at or 815-753-9526.

No comments:

Post a Comment