15 things to do before starting and during your Fulbright Fellowship

Orientation Guide by Fulbright Alumna Alina Dolea

Congratulations for being a Fulbrighter!
For me, the Fulbright Scholar Award is the Oscar of academia: (1) it gives you direct access to top schools, top scholars, state of the art knowledge and latest advancements in your field; (2) it offers the framework to develop your own work collaborating closely with these top scholars, while allowing freedom and space for independent thinking; (3) it is a direct experience of a foreign culture that helps you gain valuable insights into the American way of life. For a researcher this blend is truly one of a kind.  

To take full benefit of this awesome experience, here is a 15-things guide I think might help you prepare your departure and the first weeks there. All these are from my direct experience:

1. Read carefully the CIES dedicated webpage. It has all details on logistics, preparations, documents, travel, insurances, etc;

2. Visit the host university webpage in advance to see what it has to offer in general. It is a must to get to know the Department/ School you go to. Pay particular attention to their curricula and how they structure study programs, the axes/centers of research they are conducting, what events and conferences they organize;

Read more: 15 things to do before starting and during your Fulbright Fellowship

Fulbright Participation @ NAFSA 2017

From May 28 till June 2, Rodica Mihăilă, the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission, took part in the 2017 edition of NAFSA (the Association for International Educators), representing Romania alongside the Fulbright educational adviser. The Fulbright Commission’s representatives attended the conference panels on best practices for advising, recruiting and facilitating the integration of international students on American campuses. A number of NAFSA presentations were also dedicated to the initiation and improvement of study abroad programs. The director of the Commission attended several events, panels and workshops for Fulbright executive directors and talked about recent developments and strong points of Fulbright grants to Romania for U.S. students and scholars. The NAFSA participation included a country poster fair, in which the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission had a booth where prospective educational and institutional partners were able to stop by and discuss avenues for future cooperation between U.S. institutions and the Fulbright Commission.

The 41st ARA Congress, July 19-22

Professor Ruxandra VIDU, President of the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences and Fulbright alumna, invites you to the 41th ARA Congress, which will be held in Craiova, July 19-22, 2017. Each year, the ARA Congress provides an open forum for intellectuals to present their ideas and their achievements in fields like literature, philosophy, medicine, social sciences, arts, engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry etc. This year, the ARA Congress will continue to recognize and appreciate the Romanian values, to promote worldwide the scientific partnerships among international, well renowned, personalities of Romanian diaspora. For more than four decades, ARA contributed to scientific development and promotion of Romanian arts and sciences in the world, and brought to the forefront of international academic life's the exceptional results of Romanian diaspora.

The Fantasticks

U.S. Fulbright Scholar David McTier recently directed a production of The Fantasticks, the longest running musical in American theatre history. The premiere was May 26 at Fabrica de Pensule (Paintbrush Factory) in Cluj. The cast was comprised of all eight members of the Masters I Acting Program at UBB's Faculty of Theatre and Television. For them, this was their first musical as well as their first all-English language production. Dr. McTier noted that he was especially proud of these actors for their commitment and courage and their ability to produce this challenging musical in just three weeks.

FEAC-EducationUSA Adviser Connects with Students and Researchers in Suceava

This Monday, May 29, one half of the FEAC-EducationUSA advising team was present in Suceava for a series of outreach presentations, highlighting teaching and research opportunities in the United States via the Fulbright Awards, as well as independent study opportunities at an undergraduate or graduate level.
In the first half of the day, the FEAC adviser met with high schoolers interested in studying in the U.S., at two top high schools in Suceava, “Petru Rareş” National College and “Ştefan cel Mare” National College. An overall audience of roughly 90 students – mainly 10th and 11th graders - attended the two presentations, which highlighted the distinguishing traits of the U.S. higher education system and provided students with advice on how to best approach the application process, so as to enhance their chances of getting financial aid. Several voiced an interest in the U.S. as a study destination and were happy to learn they can keep in touch with the FEAC-EducationUSA team via online advising.

Read more: FEAC-EducationUSA Adviser Connects with Students and Researchers in Suceava

My fulbright experience

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Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission

Adress: 2 Ing. Nicolae Costinescu Street, sector 1, Bucharest, Romania
Phone: 021.230.77.19
Fax: 021.230.77.38
E-mail: office@fulbright.ro

Fulbright Educational Advising Center

Phone: 021.231.90.15
E-mail: feac@fulbright.ro

 Public hours

Tuesday: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Thursday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM