CRUW Fulbright Scholar Profile: Michael Goldberg

Center For International Affairs
Case Western Reserve University
Tomlinson Hall, Room 143
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106-7031
Telephone: 216.368.2517

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Overview

The Fulbright Program promotes educational exchanges, primarly for university faculty and students, that involve lecturing, research and graduate study. The Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,00 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research abroad.

The program is administered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a private foundation. Fulbright programs receive approximately $120 million in Congressional appropriations. In addition, a number of participating governments contribute an additional amount of around $30 million. CIES is assisted in its activities by binational commissions or the Public Affairs Section of the US embassy in individual countries.

Initially, the Fulbright Program entailed only the Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards. In recent years, the number of different award programs has expanded to meet a variety of academic exchange needs. For detailed information on the awards check the CIES website: http://www.cies.org/.

US Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright Scholar grantees come from all parts of the American academic and professional landscape— community colleges, liberal arts colleges, minority serving institutions, large research universities, private industry, not-for-profits and government agencies. Approximately 500 institutions are represented in each year’s competition. Grantees are drawn from every state in the Union, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico and the Virgin Islands. Fulbrighters are teachers, administrators, lawyers, business people, artists, photographers, and independent scholars.

The majority of Fulbright grantees are new to the program. In fact, more than 85 percent of grantees received their first Fulbright award each competition.

Typical Reasons to Apply for a Fulbright

The reasons for applying for a Fulbright grant are as varied as our applicant pool. You may want your family to experience living abroad. You may be interested in sharing your academic expertise in a classroom overseas, or want to conduct research in an archive or work with your colleagues abroad. You may be interested in the development of foreign educational systems, administration and curricula development. Or, you may be planning to globalize your institution and want to create new linkages between your home campus and a foreign institution.

Whatever your reasons, as a Fulbright grantee you will refresh your thinking, and learn about a discipline in a context other than that of the United States.

Main Programs:

  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Applying: The application cycle is open from February until August 1, 2012 for grants in the 2013-2014 academic year. Visit the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website for complete application and eligibility details. Interested faculty members may also wish to contact their institution's Fulbright Campus Representative.

  • Fulbright Specialist Program. The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to theFulbright U.S. Scholar Program, sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record. Applying: The application cycle is open from February until August 1, 2011 for grants in the 2012-2013 academic year. Visit theFulbright Distinguished Chairs Program website for complete application and eligibility details. Interested faculty members may also wish to contact their institution's Fulbright Campus Representative.


  • Fulbright New Century Scholars Program The Fulbright New Century Scholars Program supports a select group of U.S. and foreign scholars to conduct international, interdisciplinary, collaborative research on a specific topic of global importance. The Fulbright New Century Scholars Program is not accepting applications at this time.

  • Fulbright NEXUS Program The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program brings together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. The Fulbright NEXUS Program is not accepting applications at this time.

  • Fulbright German Studies Seminars.The Fulbright German Studies Seminars examine the political, social and economic institutions of Germany. Each seminar has a specific thematic focus. Applying: Visit the Fulbright German Studies Seminar website for complete application and eligibility information. Interested faculty members may also wish to contact their institution's Fulbright Campus Representative.


  • Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Program. Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors are a select group of Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program alumni who serve as representatives for the Fulbright program at campus workshops and academic conferences across the United States.

You Tube:

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