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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Nineteen IU Bloomington students win Fulbright grants for 2005-06

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AUG. 16, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert announced today (Aug. 16) that 19 IU graduate students -- six more than last year -- have received prestigious IIE-Fulbright or Fulbright-Hays grants, both funded through major federal grant programs, for the 2005-06 academic year.

"IU has long been fortunate to have so many students chosen to participate in Fulbright grant programs," Herbert said. "But we are especially pleased by the large number of IU students selected this year. This impressive record of accomplishment reflects the high quality of our student body, faculty and academic programs."

Founded in 1946 by the late Sen. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program for U.S. Students aims to increase understanding of American culture and values through scholarly exchanges of knowledge and skills.

"This group of outstanding IU Fulbright scholars will teach and perform important innovative research in countries throughout the world," Herbert said. "They will be great ambassadors for the ideals of Indiana University and Senator Fulbright by building mutual trust and cultural understanding through education."

The IIE-Fulbright Program is an exchange program funded through the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. Its grants are given to graduating college seniors to teach in certain fields and to advanced graduate students to continue further study, conduct research or obtain professional training toward their terminal degrees. Nationwide, approximately 4,500 students apply annually, and about 1,100 awards are granted.

At IU Bloomington, 62 students applied for the IIE-Fulbright grant and 13 received the award. Three of the 13 declined in order to accept other awards, two of them being Fulbright-Hays grants described below. IIE-Fulbright award amounts vary from country to country but average upwards of $20,000.

Separate from the IIE-Fulbright Program, the Fulbright-Hays Program's Doctoral Dissertation Award is funded through the U.S. Department of Education and was established in 1961 when the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange (Fulbright-Hays) Act was enacted. It is given to support dissertation research in modern foreign languages and area studies in non-Western European countries and is especially competitive. Nationwide, about 400 students apply annually, and approximately 140 awards are granted annually.

At IU Bloomington, 17 students applied during the 2005-06 competition and eight students received awards. This year's award amounts for IU recipients varied between $17,000 and $43,000.

IU students who received U.S. Department of State IIE-Fulbright grants and a brief description of their projects follow:

IU students who received Fulbright-Hays grants and a brief description of their projects follow:

The Indiana University Office of International Programs disseminates information on these Fulbright grants and other external grant opportunities for graduate students.

For further information on these grants, the process for application and assistance with application, contact Rose Vondrasek, OIP program associate and student Fulbright program adviser; Franklin Hall 315; telephone 812-855-7557; e-mail

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