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Fulbright Scholar Program Senator J. William Fulbright (1905-1995) Established in 1946 Sends U.S. academics and professionals overseas Brings scholars and professionals from abroad to the U.S. Sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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senator j william fulbright 1905 1995

Fulbright Scholar Program

Senator J. William Fulbright (1905-1995)
  • Established in 1946
  • Sends U.S. academics and professionals overseas
  • Brings scholars and professionals from abroad to the U.S.
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

“International education exchange is the most significant current project designed to continue the process of humanizing mankind to the point, we would hope, that nations can learn to live in peace.”

cynthia richards

Fulbright Scholar 2005

Cynthia Richards
  • Professor
  • Department of English
  • Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
  • English and American Literature
  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • American Literature in Relief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
why i chose to apply
Why I Chose to Apply

Professional Development: Opportunity to work with colleagues in the field, as well as develop new relationships for myself and my institution

Exposure to Different Culture and People: Access to a different approaches and methodologies on my academic field

Make a Difference: Chance to contribute to the host country as well as bring that expertise back into my own classroom

Prestige: Recognition of scholarship and cultural ambassador for American public

Family: Opportunity to travel abroad with my family and to expose my young children to a different culture

american literature in relief a cross cultural perspective
American Literature in Relief : A Cross –Cultural Perspective
  • Lecture:4 undergraduate level classes of 15-25 students each
  • Courses:
  • Survey of American Literature
  • Genres: Romance
  • Transatlantic Literature
  • The Structure of the Monstrous

Public Lectures: “Anger and the Liberated Girl: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Early Writings and the Troubled Girlhood of Feminism”

Published Interviews: “The Monstrous in American Culture,” Cine Pur (39) Spring 2005

professional and personal outcomes
Professional and Personal Outcomes

Expanded Curriculum: Introduced Czech literature into my courses and developed a deeper understanding of what is uniquely American about my native literature.

Flexibility: Living and working in a different environment and culture enhanced my understanding of that part of the world and of my own country

Collaborative Opportunities: Met new colleagues and further developed relationships with peers in my field. Currently developing with a colleague from Palacky University a summer study abroad program in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Improved Teaching Skills: Challenge of teaching students from another culture honed my communication skills in the classroom and reaffirmed my commitment to teaching literature from a cross-cultural perspective.

institutional impact
Institutional Impact

Curriculum Development: Developed new course and incorporated more international material into existing courses. 

Study Abroad: Advocated for study abroad programs. Became a member of the Field Studies Committee, overseeing study abroad programs and promoting their value on campus.

Student Advisor: Improved my ability to work individually with students studying abroad and led to a student teaching in the Slovak Republic.

Public Lecture: Gave a departmental colloquium on experiences teaching in the Czech Republic.

council for international exchange of scholars cies
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

U.S. SCHOLAR Programs offer U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars

Traditional • Specialists • New Century • Chairs • IEA Seminars • German Studies

NON-U.S. SCHOLAR Programs support the research and teaching of scholars visiting colleges and universities in the United States. These programs offer joint collaborative opportunities with U.S. Scholars. Traditional • Visiting Specialists • New Century • Scholar-in-Residence • Occasional Lecturer • European Scholar-in-Residence • AHEC

Opportunities for U.S. Institutions allow campuses to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars and professionals from abroad to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities.

Scholar-in-Residence • Visiting Specialists • Occasional Lecturer • European Scholar-in-Residence

other fulbright programs
Other Fulbright Programs

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • For recent graduates, postgraduate candidates up through dissertation level and developing professionals and artists to study and research abroad
  • Administered by Institute of International Education, IIE

Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange

  • Principally for primary- and secondary- level educators

Fulbright-Hays Awards

  • For faculty research, group projects and seminars abroad in certain social sciences and humanities fields
  • Administered by the International Education and Graduate Programs Service of the U.S. Department of Education