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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman

Media Note
January 12, 2001 

Department of State Launches Fulbright Senior Specialist Program

The Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the inauguration of a new component of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program. The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program will send U.S. academic experts to overseas academic institutions for two to six weeks, to lecture, lead seminars, work with foreign counterparts in the development of curriculum and course materials and conduct needs assessments.

The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program is open to qualified U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of anthropology/archaeology, business administration, communications and journalism, economics, education, environmental science, information technology, law, library science, political science/public administration, sociology and social work, U.S. studies (for example, art, art history, dance, economics, government, history, literature, music, popular culture, theater) and urban planning. Fulbright Specialists will travel abroad throughout the calendar year in response to requests from foreign academic institutions that have been submitted by U.S. embassies and Fulbright Commissions and have been approved by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Further information about the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program, eligibility requirements and how to apply, is available at http://www.iie.org/cies/specialists or by contacting Vanessa Relli-Moreau at (202) 619-5382 or vmoreau@pd.state.gov.

The new Fulbright Senior Specialist Program, like the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, has been created to fulfill goals of advancing mutual understanding, promoting long-term cooperation and creating opportunities for institutional linkages. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 and operates in 140 countries worldwide.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and training programs. The bureau does so by promoting personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad, as well as by presenting U.S. history, society, art and culture in all of its diversity to overseas audiences. Further information is available at http://exchanges.state.gov.

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