The Center for Global Initiatives hosted a Fulbright Program adviser training workshop with the Institute of International Education (IIE) on May 10 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill FedEx Global Education Center.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
The training brought together Fulbright Program advisers (FPA) and senior leadership from across the State of North Carolina to meet staff from IIE, the body that administers the Fulbright awards and Boren scholarships on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer Ron Strauss welcomed the attendees and representatives of IIE to campus. Strauss spoke about the importance of fostering initiatives that provide opportunities for international exchange and scholarship in higher education, such as the Fulbright Programs and Boren Awards for International Study.
The advisers, predominantly from minority serving institutions and universities with few Fulbright Program and Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants, attended breakout sessions that provided overviews of the Fulbright and Boren programs, the available awards for the current application season, and the role of a FPA during the application process.
The Fulbright workshop session, led by the director of Fulbright student outreach Tony Claudino, provided FPAs with resources and best practices for promoting the Fulbright programs, recruiting and counseling candidates, administering the campus interview process and completing and uploading the campus committee evaluation form.
Following the Fulbright workshop, FPAs had the opportunity to connect with their peers over lunch to discuss successes and challenges they have encountered in the promotion of the programs and the advising of applicants.
Attendees also had the opportunity to attend an interactive session about Boren Awards for International Study, also administered by IIE, which covered background of the program, changes to the application, advising strategies, the on-campus review process and program updates on the award for the 2015-2016 season.
“Hosting this workshop allowed us to build relationships with other advisers across the region and with national staff so that we can share best practices and learn tips that will help our students be more competitive applicants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program,” said Tripp Tuttle, UNC-Chapel’s FPA for the past eight years.
During his tenure as FPA, Tuttle and the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) have built the University’s program into one of the most successful Fulbright student programs in the country. Iyman Gaspard, program manager at CGI, recently assumed responsibility for Fulbright at UNC-Chapel Hill.
“Participating in the workshop helped me to understand the intricacies of the Fulbright process so we can better serve our students,” said Gaspard.
The workshop showcased UNC-Chapel Hill’s commitment to serving as a global resource for the University of North Carolina system and to bring a global vision and international engagement to the state, region and nation through collaboration with other institutions and facilitating programs that provide opportunities for global exchange and scholarship.
Interested students are encouraged to visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website and Center for Global Initiatives website to learn more about the program, application process and to schedule an advising appointment.
Applications from UNC-Chapel Hill students to teach, research or study abroad with a Fulbright are due September 12, 2016.