1) 2014-15 Core Fulbright Scholar Program Competition OPENS February 1
The Core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800+ U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. The Catalog of Awards will be available beginning February 1 at http://catalog.cies.org/. To register your interest in the program, join the My Fulbright online community for updates and to access helpful resources for applicants: http://www.cies2.org/s/1064/index.aspx
2) New Fulbright Scholarship Board Members and Policies
There are a series of new and significant developments impacting the Fulbright Program for the coming year, including the appointment of two new board members, lifetime limit restrictions being lifted for the scholar programs and the addition of same-sex domestic partnership benefits for accompanying dependents on Fulbright Scholar Program grants. Mr. Rye Barcott and Dr. Christie Gilson have been appointed by President Barack Obama to the J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Mr. Barcott is co-founder of Carolina for Kibera, a non-governmental organization that uses participatory development to break cycles of violence and develop leaders in the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Gilson is an Assistant Professor of Education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. For more information about the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and to read member profiles visit:http://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/j-william-fulbright-foreign-scholarship-board-ffsb/ffsb-members. With the launch of the 2014-15 Core Fulbright Scholar Program competition, restrictions regarding previous Fulbright experiences will no longer be a prohibitive factor in applying for a Fulbright Scholar grant. Lifetime limit restrictions that were implemented beginning in June of 2006 have now been lifted. However, as stipulated in section 624.2 of the Fulbright Program Policies, general preference for Fulbright Scholar opportunities will continue to be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar grant. The Fulbright Program now includes dependent supplements for same-sex domestic partners. According to section 641.2 of the Fulbright Program Policies concerning dependent supplements, the definition of a dependent is either (1) a spouse, or (2) a qualified same-sex domestic partner, or (3) a relative (child, grandchild, parent, or sibling) who is financially dependent on the grantee. Accompany dependents are those who spend at least 80% of the grant period with the grantee abroad. In order to qualify for a domestic partner for purposes of obtaining depended supplements, the grantee must submit an affidavit containing information set forth in Appendix II.