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Fulbright Program representative to visit WKU faculty April 21-22

The Office of International Programs and the Center for Faculty Development are partnering with the Kentucky Fulbright Association to raise faculty awareness of opportunities to teach and conduct research overseas through the Fulbright Program.

The Fulbright Program is a world-renowned awarder of competitive, merit-based grants for international education exchange. 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.

On Tuesday and Wednesday (April 21-22), Silvija Stoljevska, a Program Officer with the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), will meet with WKU faculty to discuss resources through CIES and the variety of grants through Fulbright. Interested faculty members are encouraged to email internationalization@wku.edu their availability from the list below and any specific questions they have for the representative by the end of the day Friday (April 17).

“Becoming a Fulbright Scholar is a prestigious achievement that benefits not just the individual faculty member, but all of campus. Though many faculty are interested, the process can seem overwhelming and many are not familiar with the variety of options outside the traditional Core Fulbright Program,” said Dr. Laura McGee, president of the Kentucky Fulbright Association (KFA) and head of WKU’s Department of Modern Languages. “This visit from the CIES Program Officer is a great opportunity for faculty to learn about what the application process looks like and the different opportunities available.”

Next week’s visit from Stoljevska is just the first in a lineup of outreach efforts centering on faculty Fulbrights. Dr. McGee and former KFA President Cecile Garmon have met with Dr. Jerry Daday, Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Development, along with members of the Office of International Programs to take the first steps to build sustainable momentum surrounding Fulbright for WKU faculty. “Faculty are ready to pursue these avenues through Fulbright,” Dr. Daday said. “Our hope is they’ll take notice of these measures of support and utilize these resources because we want them to be successful in their endeavors.”

Interested faculty may visit the updated Kentucky Fulbright Association webpage and access links to CIES resources, including its schedule of webinars, and a list of WKU Fulbright alumni. The KFA page also includes a list of WKU Fulbright alumni who have agreed to serve as mentors. These Fulbright alumni are available as needed for an informal conversation on the application process, formulating a project proposal, making contacts abroad, and more.

Additionally, the webpage will later feature information on supplemental funding that will allow academic departments to bring in Fulbright alumni scholars from the surrounding region. This is a unique opportunity for Fulbright alumni scholars to share with WKU faculty their stories and experiences through Fulbright. Interested faculty or departments are welcome to contact internationalization@wku.edu for details.

List of times to meet with Silvija Stoljevska, CIES Fulbright Program Officer:

Tuesday, April 21

  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
  • 1:35 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • 3:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

  • 8 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
  • 9:10 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
  • 10:20 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • 1:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

For information about the Fulbright Program visit: wku.edu/oip/kyfulbright or www.cies.org

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.

About the Center for Faculty Development: The CFD is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) and partners closely with the Graduate School, Distance Learning, the Office of Research, and Office of Sponsored Programs, Academic Technology, and College Dean’s Offices and Academic Units to provide these services for faculty and graduate students at WKU.

Contact: Anna Yacovone, (270) 745-3975

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