IFLE News Blast - Fulbright-Hays 55th Anniversary

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Fulbright-Hays 55th Anniversary

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2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office of the U.S. Department of Education is commemorating this anniversary by celebrating the importance and achievements of current participants and alumni of the Fulbright-Hays grant and fellowship programs.


Current Fulbright-Hays Programs

Learn more about Fulbright-Hays grant and fellowship programs, which support U.S. students and educators as they research and travel abroad:

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships
    The DDRA Program provides fellowship funding to doctoral students looking to perform research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies in order to complete their dissertations. Recipients are encouraged to pursue teaching or public service careers upon completion of their doctoral programs.

  • Group Projects Abroad (GPA)
    The GPA program supports groups of K-12 teachers, college students, and faculty as they engage in short-term and long-term overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. Short-term projects include seminars, curriculum development, and group research or study. Long-term projects support advanced intensive overseas programs that focus on the humanities, social sciences, or languages.

  • Seminars Abroad
    The Seminars Abroad Program provides four to six-week summer seminars for K-12 teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, and college faculty in the fields of foreign languages, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Upon their return, participants complete curriculum projects for implementation in the classroom, and share their broadened knowledge and experiences with their local communities through various outreach activities.
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Calling Fulbright-Hays Alumni!

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Did you receive a Fulbright-Hays fellowship or grant in the past? Would you be willing to share your experience with others? We want to hear from you!


We are seeking alumni of the Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowship program, Faculty Research Abroad (FRA)Group Projects Abroad (GPA), and Seminars Abroad grant programs to share stories of how the Fulbright-Hays programs have had an impact on their lives and careers. If you are interested in sharing your experience, please email Pamela Maimer at DDRA@ed.gov.

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Celebrate with us on Social Media!

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Join us in a Thunderclap to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Fulbright-Hays on September 21, 2016. This campaign to get at least 250 people and organizations to send tweets, Facebook posts, or tumblr posts at the same time on the same day will create a “thunderclap” across social media!

You can join the campaign here: http://thndr.me/62WBQj


When you click the “support with” button for your platform of choice, the site will request authorization to post a celebratory message from your account at 2pm Eastern on September 21st.

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LinkedIn Group for Fulbright-Hays Alumni

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IFLE recently created a LinkedIn group for Fulbright-Hays Program Alumni. This group is a place where alumni of the following programs can connect:

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships Program
  • Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program
  • Seminars Abroad Program
  • Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Program

In addition, the group will help IFLE track and gather more detailed outcome data on the ways in which Fulbright-Hays grants have long-lasting impact. Please share this invitation and link with any current or former Fulbright-Hays grant recipients you know! 

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