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Observing the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary, along with Fulbright alumni and partners, the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia celebrated the anniversary with various virtual activities. Closing the year-long celebration, Fulbright Mongolia highlighted their amazing alumni and partners and their contributions to foster mutual understanding between the United States and Mongolia, share knowledge across communities, and improve lives around the world.

The Fulbright Program started in Mongolia with the very first Mongolian Fulbright Visiting Scholar traveling to the U.S. in 1994 and the first Mongolian Fulbright Foreign Student traveling to the U.S. in 1995, and since then the U.S. Department of State has supported and funded almost 400 two-way Fulbright exchanges between the two countries. In 2009, the Government of Mongolia initiated discussions to establish a bi-national Fulbright Foreign Student Program and sides signed the initial funding agreement on December 15, 2010. Since its inception, the program has enabled over 100 Mongolian young professionals to pursue graduate studies in the United States in various on-demand fields including education, environmental science,  public health, geology, mining engineering, and more.

The United States and Mongolia share a strong friendship and commitment to promote and protect human rights, democracy, good governance, sovereignty, peace, and prosperity through educational and professional exchange programs and alumni engagement.

To meet the alumni and join the celebration, check out Fulbright Mongolia’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Mission Saudi Arabia commemorated the Fulbright 75th anniversary though a series of engagements at the Embassy and consulates. PAS Riyadh organized a Fulbright reception, where CDA Martina Strong hosted Fulbright alumni who had notable research achievements and collaborate with PAS Riyadh on alumni engagements and Fulbright programs implementation at local institutions. PAS Riyadh also organized media outreach through a TV interview for PAO Melissa Clegg-Tripp with local Saudi TV channel El-Ekhbariya to discuss the Fulbright program’s history and recruitment. PAS Riyadh also highlighted Fulbright alumni through a video shared on the Mission’s social media accounts.

The U.S. Consulate Dhahran hosted an alumni reception for Eastern Province alumni to celebrate the history of positive impact of Fulbright programs on the lives of individuals and communities. The event allowed alumni to reconnect and share experiences of how the program influenced their individual lives. The consulate presented a video showcasing the history of the program since its inception in 1946 and its impact on people from diverse backgrounds, including researchers, scientists, professionals, teachers, artists, and community leaders. During the reception, one of Dhahran’s Fulbright Visiting Scholars gave remarks and shared how his experience in the program shaped his future and continues to inspire future generations of students.

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To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program, Fulbright Poland presents a tribute concert honoring the life and memory of pianist and Fulbright Poland alumna Pamela Howland (1956-2021). Renowned musicians and Fulbright alumni, Stan Breckenridge and Karol Radziwonowicz, will join hands to pay tribute to Pam and her lifelong work of making cross-cultural connections, values that lie at the core of the Fulbright Program. Among others, you will hear Stan’s musical arrangements. He used to perform with Pam, while Karol’s Chopin interpretations will bring you closer to Pam’s beloved Polish composer.

To continue Pam’s work of connecting people and cultures through music, this concert inaugurates the creation of the Pam Howland Fund for Cross-Cultural Musical Connections.

Watch the concert here.

Find more information about the concert and the Fund here.

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This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2022.

After COP26, how can we be a part of the solution to climate change? Join Fulbright France alumni experts, Columbia University researchers and Institute for Ideas and Imagination artists in an interactive exchange of ideas. The event, which is in English, will be held in person and also livestreamed.

Fulbright alumni panelists and artists:

  1. Raphaël Pouyé, Climate Activist at Democratic Society (2003 Fulbright Foreign Student)
  2. Marta Torre-Schaub, Professor of Environmental Law at Université Paris 1 (2004 Fulbright Foreign Student)
  3. Marie Oppert, Singer and Actress, (2015 Fulbright Foreign Student)

December 10, 19:00 CET / 13:00 EST
Columbia Global Centre, Reid Hall, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris

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To celebrate Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary, the Fulbright Commission in Uruguay will host an online event to present a short movie with the testimonies of US and Foreign grantees, board members and collaborators of the program.

The purpose of the movie is to highlight the impact of the Fulbright program in their communities, in their lives and the links between US and Uruguayan grantees and their institutions that began after their Fulbright experience. The video also portrays the importance of diversity, inclusion and bilateralism in the program.

This event will be held via Zoom on December 16 at 17:30 Uruguay time (15:30 EST) with the participation of Fulbright, US Embassy and UY Government authorities.

Register here.

On November 18, Fulbright alumni and current grantees from Albania and the United States gathered for a virtual celebration of the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary. During Albania’s Fulbright Day, which coincided with International Education Week, Public Affairs Officers Chad Twitty and Amanda Roberson delivered welcome remarks and highlighted the many contributions of Albanian Fulbright alumni in academia, where a large number hold leadership positions.   

The event featured a panel of distinguished Albanian Fulbright alumni—Mr. Zydi Teqja (University of Wisconsin), Ms. Marjana Semini (University of Virginia), and Ms. Merita Xhetani (New York Blood Center, Long Island)—who spoke about the tremendous impact that Fulbright has had on their lives and careers. Following their Fulbright grants, Mr. Teqja created a new Bachelor’s degree study program in Landscape Architecture at Albania’s University of Agriculture, Ms. Semini became one of the founding members and first directors of Albania’s School of Magistrates, and Ms. Xhetani implemented a new approach to research and student engagement as Professor of Genetics at the University of Tirana. Fittingly, the panel was moderated by another Fulbright alumna, Dr. Entela Hodaj Celiku (Harvard Medical School). 

After the panel, Public Affairs Section Tirana opened the floor to Fulbright alumni from the United States and Albania, who shared their own stories of Fulbright’s impact on their lives. For example, Dr. Arben Beqiri, a surgeon at the University Hospital Center “Mother Teresa” in Tirana, credited the Fulbright Program with enabling him to spread the most innovative techniques in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery to hospitals across Albania. Once unheard of, these procedures are now routine. Capturing the sentiments of American and Albanian Fulbrighters alike, Dr. Beqiri called his Fulbright “the privilege of a lifetime.”  

In closing remarks, Program Officer Zach Przystup highlighted some of Fulbright’s recent achievements in Albania despite the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. First, the Government of Albania’s generous contribution of $165,000 to the Fulbright Program for five years will increase the number of grants available to Albanian students pursuing Master’s degrees in the United States from 10 to 25 over that time period. Additionally, in 2020 the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) used special funds to support three additional Albanian students studying media literacy, disinformation, and democratic governance in the United States. Finally, with Albania’s implementation of mandatory English language instruction starting in the first grade, Fulbright will be exploring the possibility of bringing the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program to Albania, furthering the Program’s mission to foster mutual understanding, share knowledge, and improve lives around the world.  

Note that Albania held their Fulbright Day celebration earlier than their official date of December 2nd.

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Note: This event will be held on Tuesday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. Malaysia Time. Depending on your time zone, the event may be on Monday night – for example, those in the EST time zone would tune into the event on Monday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

On December 7, 2021, the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program through a virtual open house entitled, “The Bridge: Fulbright @ 75.”

Click here to register.

With a focus on the future and importance of international education and partnership, this “virtual open house” will take place on the cutting edge digital platform: Gather.Town.

The event will feature remarks from MACEE’s Honorary Co-Chairs: Minister of Higher Education, Noraini Ahmad and U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Brian McFeeters as well as keynote remarks from MACEE’s Executive Director, Curtis Johnson and many more.

The Bridge will host breakout rooms that will allow attendees to hear presentations from ‘21 Malaysian Fulbrighters as well as additional informational sessions curated by Malaysian Fulbright alums with topics ranging from how to apply to what to bring with you on your trip!

Featured Grant Program Breakout Rooms include:
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)
Fulbright Malaysian Graduate Study
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)
Fulbright Malaysian Scholar
Fulbright Professional Exchange
Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Initiative
Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement (TEA)

The Gather.Town platform will provide attendees with an immersive virtual experience where the user will create avatars and that will step into MACEE’s virtual neighborhood, allowing participants the opportunity to move around and interact with other participants based on your locations in the room, just like real life.

There are only 100 spaces available. RSVP Today!

Contact MACEE at [email protected] with any questions.

TURKMENISTAN CELEBRATES FULBRIGHT 75TH ANNIVERSARY AND MAKES NEW INSTA-FRIENDS

PAS invited a popular Influencer from Turkmenistan’s Instagram community to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. The blogger introduced the program to her followers and shared the Embassy’s contact information in her Stories. Shortly after the popular blogger’s coverage of the Fulbright Program, ORIENT, a semi-official publication aimed at young people in Turkmenistan, also set out to inform its readers about the scholarship programs available to them abroad. In addition to Fulbright, ORIENT listed Muskie and UGRAD. This is one of the first attempts by PAS to collaborate with the newly emerging Influencer community in the country.

On December 3, from 18:30 to 20:30, Embassy Ashgabat held an event to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program. The event, which featured short speeches about Fulbright experiences and expectations from, had a total attendance of eight alumni, five current participants, two local social media influencers and five Embassy staff. Due to local limitations on social gatherings, the event was held at the Public Affairs Section’s Multi-Purpose Hall, with a maximum of twenty attendees. 

The Fulbright Scholar Program has been active in Turkmenistan since 1993, and the Student program launched in 2008. It has gained 80 alumni since then, with 43 scholars and 37 students counting themselves part of the Fulbright universe. Many of the alumni are still living and working in Turkmenistan, proving once again that to a majority of the participants, Fulbright is an opportunity to give back to their community.

The evening started with networking and introductions, since a lot of the alumni had not met each other previously. U.S. Ambassador Matthew Klimow highlighted the importance of the program in Turkmenistan, as well as a couple of exceptional achievements by Fulbright alumnae in Turkmenistan. 

After the Ambassador’s speech, the audience had an opportunity to hear about their Fulbright experience from several alumni and one current Fulbrighter hoping to depart in January and start her program in Film Studies at SCAD. Gozel Hallyyeva (student, 2017), Sofiya Yuvshanova (student, 2016), Gaplan Esenamanov (scholar, 2004, 2012, 2021), Mekan Karayev (student, 2020) and Durnabat Atagarryyeva (student, 2021) all shared brief messages about themselves, their Fulbright memories and current work, and, in the case of Durnabat, what she hopes to gain from the program. 

After congratulatory messages from Branch Chief for Fulbright Programs in South and Central Asia Julia Findlay and Secretary Blinken, alumni and participants once again had some time to mingle and exchange contact information. Because there is no alumni association in Turkmenistan (bureaucratic obstacles are preventing this), events like this are a prime opportunity for Fulbrighters to share ideas and information, as well as to provide support to each other and especially to departing Fulbrighters, who are understandably nervous about starting their programs in the United States. 

A local influencer with over 20K followers on Instagram remarked that she was astonished to find out about the program and all that it offers to participants, shared the information with her followers, and is now considering applying for the program herself, once her English language skills are stronger. She took the opportunity to learn about the Embassy’s American Center, its activities and programs, and shared that with her following too. 

In general, this event was very successful, and there are plans to hold a larger event, including as many alumni as possible, in the near future. Some photographs follow.

Note that while this event took place on December 3, Turkmenistan’s Fulbright Day was December 17.

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Alumni listen to welcome remarks from U.S. Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow
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Gozel Hallyyeva (2016) shares her Fulbright experience at Quinlan School of Business in Chicago
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Durnabat Atagarryyeva (2021) shares her expectations of the Fulbright Program at SCAD
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Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow with Palvan Orazdurdyyev, 2020 program scholarship recipient
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Standing, L-R: Alumni Coordinator Laylo Ishchanova, (half-hidden) acting Information Officer Alesia Krupenikava, Zohre Ovezliyeva (scholar 2012), Mekan Karayev (2019), Sofiya Yuvshanova (2016), Enejan (influencer), Aylar Japarova (2012), Lachin Artykova (2018), Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow, Guljahan Gochova (2019), Ayjemal Gurbanova (influencer), CAO Nigel Robinson, Palvan Orazdurdyyev (recipient 2020), PAO Tammy Paltchikov, Durnabat Atagarryyeva (recipient 2021)

Seated, L-R: Yakub Annanepesov (2012), Sahetmyrat Garyagdyyev (recipient 2021), Exchange Program Coordinator Maysa Niyazova, Serdar Agayev (scholar, 2008, 2021), Gaplan Esenamanov (scholar, 2004, 2012, 2021)
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Celebrating the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary, the Commission in Peru will host a Facebook Live event with Fulbright alumni who will discuss their participation in Fulbright Projects, an initiative that provides funds for the implementation of projects that promote mutual understanding between Peru and the United States and the importance of the Fulbright Program.

This event will be held on December 15, 2022, at 19:00 Peru Time/EST and livestreamed using the Fulbright Commission in Peru’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/fulbrightperu

See below for two videos created by the Fulbright Commission in Peru celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Program.

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To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the global Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Commission in Sri Lanka presents a virtual keynote address, “Connecting Crossing Boundaries and Imaging sans Structures: Reflections on Fulbright Experiences,” by Fulbright alumnus and eminent scholar Prof. Gamini Keerawella. The talk will draw from his vast experiences in international affairs to highlight the true benefits of international education.

Professor Keerawella is a two-time Fulbright award recipient – Scholar-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, MA and Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His internationally recognized research has focused on diverse areas such as peace and security in the Indian Ocean, regional security architecture and cooperation in South Asia, identity politics and post-colonial State formation in Sri Lanka. He is the Executive Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, a South Asian think tank based in Sri Lanka and is Professor Emeritus, Department of Modern History at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.

The event will occur on Monday, December 13, at 7 p.m. IST/8:30 a.m. EST. Register here.

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Steve Carr, Milk and Honey, 2010, c-type photographic print

To celebrate 75 years of the global Fulbright Program, Fulbright New Zealand are bringing together a dynamic group of visual artists whose Fulbright experience significantly shaped key turning points in their artistic practice.

We often find solace in art and creativity during times of adversity, and this has certainly been the case since Covid-19 became a global pandemic. Rarely have we seen such a proliferation of online arts events, exhibitions, performances, readings and more. As artists and creative practitioners around the world are increasingly occupying an important place on the world stage, perhaps now is a good time to ask: What can our artists teach us about resilience and the imagination in these difficult times?

Featuring artists Steve Carr (Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award, 2013), Jim Dennison (Fulbright NZ Scholar, 2008), and Anne Noble (Fulbright NZ Scholar, 2013.)

This panel discussion will be chaired by renowned art-historian and Director of the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington, Tina Barton (Fulbright Travel Award in 2009). A video recording of the event is available below and on Fulbright NZ’s Youtube channel.

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Photo taken by Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Jen Guyton, who was in Mozambique in 2018.

Our Fulbright Day commemoration will consist of a virtual panel of alumni from different Fulbright programs available, including Gaspar Come, Fulbright Teaching English Assistant; Sandra Buvane, Hubert Humphrey Fellow; Tani Machonissa, Fulbright Scholar. The panelists will share their experiences on the impact of their Fulbright exchange, the ways it shaped their current professional trajectories, and offer advice to the future generation of Fulbright applicants that will comprise our target audience. Following their testimonials, there will be a Q&A session for the alumni panel as well as the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) staff hosting and coordinating the event.

The platform for the panel will be Zoom and the event will be conducted in Portuguese to maximize participation. Sound bites from the testimonials given during the panel will also be used as stand-alone social media posts on Facebook for further amplification. The event will also serve as a way to re-engage with alumni and harness the power of their experiences for additional recruitment to Fulbright programs.

A recording of the panel will be available after the event on this page.