Humphrey Alumni Share their U.S. Experience with Future Applicants

On July 5, potential applicants to the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship had a chance to meet with Oana Claudia Iacob - Humphrey Alumna 2010-2011, Vlad Odobescu - Humphrey Alumnus 2014-2015, and Madalina Turza - Humphrey Alumna 2016-2017, in an event co-organized by the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Romanian-U.S. Alumni Association, hosted by Funky Citizens Association, with the support of its president, Elena Calistru.

Oana Claudia, also a member of the Romanian-U.S. Alumni Association board, whose Humphrey institutional affiliation was the University of Washington, introduced the topic and mentioned personal anecdotes about the application and the assessment process. She gave the floor to Vlad, who shared his personal experience as a Humphrey Fellow in Journalism at Arizona State University. Madalina, one of the most recent alumnae of the program, offered practical advice to the prospective applicants and provided some useful details about her experience as a Humphrey Fellow in Human Rights Law/Inclusive Education at the University of Minnesota. In keeping with the informal setting, the participants were encouraged to freely join the conversation and ask questions concerning the program and the three speakers’ experience as Humphrey Fellows. The three alumni shared their post-fellowship experience, focusing on the networking and leadership values promoted by this program in particular, as well as on the long-term impact the challenging Humphrey experience brings about.

The competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2019 is still open, applications should be submitted by July 30.

The Pre-departure Orientation for 2018-2019 Romanian Fulbright Grantees and Independent Students

On Friday, June 29, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission hosted its Pre-departure Orientation Seminar devoted to the Romanian Fulbright grantees and independent students leaving for the U.S. to study or conduct research in the academic year 2018-2019.

The proceedings started with a series of welcome speeches by distinguished guest speakers representing the U.S. Embassy in Romania, the Fulbright Board of Directors, the U.S. Fulbright Scholars and the alumni community. The speakers insisted on the importance of the Fulbright program, which has helped build bridges of friendship and understanding between our two countries.

The agenda was intense and comprehensive: Romanian Alumni and U.S. Fulbright Scholars participated in several panel discussions, offering practical information to the current grantees starting their U.S. Fulbright experience in the coming months. We were also joined by representatives of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy Bucharest who provided specific details and advice on J & F visas. The workshop “Emotional Tools for Shaping a Satisfying Fulbright Experience,” which concluded the Orientation, offered guidance and practical tips to all the students and scholars preparing for their forthcoming departure to the U.S., to help them overcome the pressure of adjusting to a new environment.

The Romanian grantees and independent students had the unique opportunity this year to also take part in the celebration of the Independence Day organized by the U.S. Embassy in the evening.

We wish all the best to the 2018-2019 group of Romanian students and scholars and look forward to hearing from them as they embark on their experience in the U.S.!

Discussion about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship @ Colivia

Are you a professional with leadership potential and public service commitment interested in a one-year independent fellowship at a U.S. university? Do you know someone who fits the profile? Learn how you or your friend can apply for the Humphrey Fellowship Program 2019!

Join us on Thursday, July 5, from 6.30 pm to 8 pm, at Colivia, Funky Citizens headquarters (9 Pache Protopopescu Blvd. - http://colivia.ro/harta/), to meet Oana Claudia Iacob, Mădălina Turza and Vlad Odobescu, committed alumni of the Humphrey Program. They will offer useful information, advice, share their unique impressions on their U.S. experience as Humphrey Fellows and answer your questions.

Details about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2019 competition, deadline July 30, 2018, are available at: http://www.fulbright.ro/the-hubert-h-humphrey-fellowship-program-2019

Native American History and Culture Presentation in Cluj

On June 11, 2018, Courtney-Sophia Henry, Fulbright ETA at "Dunarea de Jos" University in Galați, visited the American Corner at Biblioteca Judeteana “Octavian Goga” in Cluj-Napoca. She spoke with teachers and high school students from „Nicolae Balcescu” Theoretical High School, „Victor Babes” Theoretical High School and „Alexandru Borza” Technological High School, as well as faculty from Sports High School and an assistant professor from „Babes-Bolyai” University, with forty attendees in all.
The focus of the presentation was on Native American (Ojibwe) history and culture, as well as Ms. Henry's military service in the United States Navy. Participants were invited to ask their own questions, and a lively discussion took place after the talk about overcoming adversity, tattoo art, Ojibwe spirituality, and Ms. Henry's adjustment to life in Romania.

Fulbright Alumnus Visits Romania with Group from Liberty University

On Wednesday, June 13, Romania Fulbright alumnus Dr. Michael Jones (2000-2001, 2014-2015) visited the Romanian Fulbright Commission with a group of students from Liberty University where he teaches. They were accompanied by two other professors, Dr. Laura Jones from Liberty University and Dr. Laurentiu Gheorghe from the University of Bucharest. Dr. Jones and his group are in Romania for three weeks, studying theology, learning about Romania, sightseeing, and collaborating with churches to host meetings for children and youth groups. The Fulbright staff explained the Fulbright program to the group and encouraged the students to consider a future Fulbright application. Dr. Jones says that his students are loving their time in Romania and that it is likely that some will apply to the Fulbright program when the time is right.

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