On November 13th at the University of Ottawa, Jeremy I. Levitt, the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa, will be leading a discussion entitled “Obama, Race and American Democracy”. Click on the poster below for further details!
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Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Quarterly Meeting Features Global Discussion: “Who Wouldn’t Go After a Fulbright?! Recruiting Top Scholars in a Changing World”Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board invites the public to take part in a global discussion, “Who Wouldn’t Go After a Fulbright?! Recruiting Top Scholars in a Changing World,” on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (American Pharmacists Association Building, Ground Floor Conference Room, 2200 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037).
This forum will explore the vital role of the Fulbright Scholar Program, and how the Department of State can attract outstanding scholars to send abroad and to bring to the United States. The panel will discuss what kind of innovative incentives, solutions, and new collaborations could make a Fulbright award even more attractive. The panel is made up of the following prominent leaders in higher education and public policy:
§ Ms. Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, Moderator
§ Dr. Cornelius Kerwin, President, American University
§ Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
§ Dr. Jeanne Toungara, Vice Provost for International Programs, Howard University
§ Dr. Mark Weiss, Director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, National Science Foundation
The panel discussion will be live streamed at: http://exchanges.state.gov/academicexchanges/fulbright/ffsb/events/september-2012/live-stream.html.
U.S. Embassy Ottawa and Fulbright Canada are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011-2012 Community Leadership Program (CLP) grants. The CLP supports Canadian alumni of US government exchange programs who would like to make a contribution in their community. The CLP provides up to $8,000 to groups of three or more alumni who identify a need in their community and a strategy for addressing that need. The three recipients of CLP grants in 2011-12, from Ottawa, Vancouver, and Sault Ste Marie are:
Team leader Ruth Dunley (Canadian Fulbright Scholar, 2004-2005, University of Ottawa to the College of William & Mary) will be hosting a National Capital History Fair in Ottawa that hopes to excite an interest in Canadian history and culture amongst Ottawa’s youth. Together with the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the Historica-Dominion Institute, and her fellow Ottawa-based Fulbright alumni Ruby Heap, Ruth will host an event that will feature high-profile speakers, along with dynamic historical displays and activities.
Team leader Rainey Gaywish (Canadian Fulbright Student, 2005-2006, University of Manitoba to the Three Fires Society Culture & Education Center) received a CLP award to work with current Fulbright scholar Anne Dutlinger, and Singwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, the First Nation post-secondary institute in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Rainey’s project, entitled “O’Mama Aki: Anishinabe Teachings on Clan Governance and Earth Stewardship for a Changing World”, is an outreach and education initiative to share Indigenous traditions of the Midewiwin with the youth in the surrounding area.
Team leader Lyana Patrick (Canadian Fulbright Student, 2004-2005, University of Victoria to the University of Washington) will partner with her fellow West Coast Fulbright alumni Naomi Bartz and William Damon and with the NGO Safe Amplification Society. Together, this group will host a two-day Community Arts and Youth Engagement Institue in Vancouver. The event, which will be free of charge and open to the public, will include workshops on topics related to music production, event planning, and performance.
We are pleased to be supporting these important projects and look forward to sharing the results as we move ahead. The leaders of these three projects welcome the support and participation of other alumni. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these projects, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
If YOU are an alumna/alumnus of a U.S. Embassy/U.S. government-sponsored exchange program and have an idea for a creative outreach event, a special activity or a unique program in your community in Canada, apply now for the Community Leadership Program (CLP), co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Canada. This is an opportunity to take action, to get involved, and to help make your community and the world a better place.
As an alumnus/alumna, you know that the mandate of the U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Canada is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Canada. As ambassadors for your country and intellectual leaders in your fields, you are key to providing community leadership on environmental and social justice issues, as well as community development efforts. As such, the Embassy is pleased to announce a new partnership with Fulbright Canada in offering this unique Community Leadership Program grant opportunity across Canada. During this inaugural year of the CLP, we want to encourage you to apply for a grant award (valued up to $8,000USD) to undertake a project in your community.
You must apply in teams of at least three alumni (Canadians, Americans, and all USG exchange program alumni are eligible), including a project manager who must be a Canadian. All participants must currently be living in Canada. If you have a project idea, but don’t know other alumni in your region, please contact the Embassy’s Alumni Coordinators, or Jennifer Regan, Chief Program Officer at Fulbright Canada. The Embassy’s Alumni Coordinators and Jennifer will contact potential partners on your behalf and assist you in further developing your application.
You are also encouraged to include at least one community partner. In addition to bringing together alumni, the CLP aspires to bring together local universities, NGOs, and other community groups to plan and implement the project.
For purposes of the grant competition, we have divided Canada into six regions: Atlantic Canada (NL, NS, NB, and PEI), Ontario, Québec, the prairies (MB, SK, and AB), British Columbia, and the North (YT, NWT, and NU). We are aiming to grant at least one award in each region.
We encourage you to submit a Community Leadership Program Project Application. The proposals will be reviewed by a joint U.S. Embassy-Fulbright Canada committee. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- The potential for positive impact on the community, particularly among youth;
- The degree of alumni, community, and partner engagement;
- Creativity in achieving program mandate;
- Cost effectiveness.
EXAMPLES of possible project proposals include:
- Training workshops on topics such as leadership, teamwork building, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, or the value of international exchange for youth audiences;
- A literacy program for new Canadians;
- A community building project (similar to a Habitat for Humanity project);
If you would like to participate in the project in your region, but would prefer to be involved in a project led by another alumna/alumnus, you may sign up as a “volunteer alumni team member” by completing the CLP application for volunteers. The Canadian alumna/alumnus who proposes the project will be the project manager and will be responsible for managing the funds and the efforts of the other alumni partners and those alumni who have volunteered to be part of the program.
Projects will not be approved that:
- Request funding for individual professional development;
- Finance overhead expenses for existing institutions.
Please see the CLP Terms & Conditions for more details. Applications must be submitted online to CLP@fulbright.ca and must be received by December 15, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Fulbright Canada at CLP@fulbright.ca.
To mark International Education Week in Ottawa, we set up two current Fulbrighters, one from the U.S. and one from Canada, with a spot on the University of Ottawa radio station’s Ivory Antenna.
David Walsh, from Arizona State University, is currently at the University of Ottawa on his Fulbright exchange. There, he is associated with the religious studies department and will split his exchange between Ottawa and Yellowknife were he will be working with the Dogrib Dene people. In NWT, climate change scientists are mandated to collaborate with Native elders and hunters in their studies. David’s project is to examine their conversations across worldviews and their attempts to bridge scientific and traditional/religious understandings of nature.
In the interview, David talked about his experiences so far as a visiting American scholar to Canada. He plans to try curling while he’s here, and he’s very excited to experience the Arctic. When the hosts of The Ivory Tower asked what winter clothing he was planning to bring up North, he admitted he hadn’t put too much thought into it yet. (… Here’s a term you’ll want to consider, David: Gore Tex!)
Stefanie, a Senior Policy Researcher with the Government of Canada’s Policy Research Initiative, recently returned from a Fulbright scholarship in Washington, D.C. where she conducted research on North American regional engagement in the UN Marrakech process on Sustainable Consumption and Production, based out of the Worldwatch Institute and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Stefanie discussed the benefits of doing a Fulbright exchange as a professional, how to apply, who is elegible, and how the experience can benefit not only students and scholars, but professionals like herself.
We would like to thank David and Stefanie for sharing their stories, as well as Sarah and Katie of CHUO ‘s Ivory Antenna!
For more information on applying to Fulbright, visit www.fulbright.ca!
International Education Week (November 15 – 19) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
Canada is also observing International Education Week, its theme being “International Education: Building a Society for the 21st Century.”
Individuals, schools, colleges, universities, associations, businesses, governments, and nongovernmental organizations in both the U.S. and Canada will undertake activities to help strengthen understanding and highlight the importance of international education.
Check out the State Department’s International Education Week website and International Education Week Canada to find quizzes, resources, activites and events!
…But only because we’ve been out and about! …or “oot & aboot” as our locally engaged staff would say… What were we doing? WELL, we were:
- - Welcoming the incoming Fulbrighters and celebrating Fulbright Canada’s 20th Anniversary. Thursday night’s gala, as you may have read in the Ambassador’s Blog, was an incredible event!
- - Engaging with Alumni at events.
- - Attending Eid dinners hosted by contacts.
- - Programming this week’s IIP speaker program.
- - AND attending the annual Public Affairs Conference.
There were of course other things, but it the past few weeks have been such a whirlwind that this is all we can remember.
Not to fret – new posts are on the way!! In fact, we’ve been out with May and Kamilah of The Hijabi Monologues this week, so info on that is coming right up! Stay tuned….
Earlier this week, President Obama addressed students at the University of Texas at Austin. The topic was education and the economy:
“It’s an economic issue when the unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is almost double what it is for those who have gone to college. Education is an economic issue when nearly eight in 10 new jobs will require workforce training or a higher education by the end of this decade. Education is an economic issue when we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that countries that out-educate us today, they will out-compete us tomorrow.
The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity. It is an obligation that we have for the next generation.”
Almost makes you want to apply for a Fulbright award to go study in the U.S., doesn’t it?
Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at a university or research centre of their choice in the host country. Applicants must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree by December 31, 2010 or have equivalent professional experience.
Fulbright scholarships are awarded for periods ranging from one semester to a full year. Dates of the awards should coincide with the academic year of the host institution. Traditional Fulbright Scholar awards are not available for the summer months only, nor are awards available for attendance at professional conferences or meetings.
Deadline for Application: November 15, 2010
Apply or learn more at Fulbright Canada’s website.