General Meeting of the Executive Directors

Dr. Rodica Mihaila, Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission attended the General Meeting of the Executive Directors of the European Fulbright Commissions, hosted by Hanka Ripkova, Executive Director of the Czech Fulbright Commission in Prague, from April 9th to 11th.  Among the most important topics on the agenda were the future of Fulbright in EUR, European cooperation, fundraising, alumni data management, grant initiatives, etc.

   

Making the Fulbright Student Application: Tips and Suggestions

Students intending to apply to the Fulbright Student Award had a chance to clarify their application questions at the webinar carried out on the Watchitoo platform on April 10.

Felix Zaharia, Fulbright Alumnus (Harvard University) put emphasis on the importance of the essays in terms of structure, approach and style. He recommended the participants to make their essays targeted and organized.

Ana Sherrod, US Fulbright grantee (Pepperdine University) came up with several examples and tips as regards crafting high-quality essay(s): addressing a specific idea such as - a personally relevant story or a life turning point, including a unique perspective or identifying the personal contribution to the chosen field of study, paying attention to the logical flow of thoughts. In addition, Anna offered advice concerning the letters of reference and finding the most suitable recommenders.

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The Enrichment Seminar in Washington DC: Thoughts from a Romanian Fulbrighter

Rodica Sutu, Fulbright Junior Researcher in Communication Sciences, University of Florida, sent us her thoughts on participation in the Enrichment Seminar held in Washington DC on April 2-6.

"I must confess that, in the beginning, I was not very happy that the topic I applied for - “Political change and leadership” - was changed to - “Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation” - for the enrichment seminar to which I was invited this April.  However, I now realize the importance of this topic in the long run; it is very much like changing the mindset to go beyond your comfort zone, think bigger than your field of expertise, to get inspired to develop strategies that redesign your life and others. As a social experiment, it was a challenge indeed to talk with as many as possible interesting Fulbrighters in 4 days, as we are 150 people there... It was very similar to a speed-dating event, so rewarding in the end, as I feel that this specific enrichment seminar gathered the leaders of the whole Fulbright program."

Fulbright Commission Reaches Students of SNSPA

On Tuesday, April 8, the students of the National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA) had the opportunity to find out more on graduate study opportunities in the US during the presentation entitled “The Fulbright Student Award 2015-2016 and Independent Study Opportunities in the U.S.” , given by Romanian Program Coordinator Corina Danaila, Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission. The participants learned on the two directions they can choose in order to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. – applying for a Fulbright Student Award or applying directly to programs with funding from US universities. The event focused on specific topics such as the admission procedure, types of programs, university selection, the application package and funding. It was also an occasion for the participants to learn more on the online and direct resources and services provided by the Fulbright Educational Advising Center, which is part of Education USA network and offers guidance to high school students, undergraduates and graduates planning to study in the U.S.

Fulbright Ambassador Nicoleta Corbu, Dean of the Department of Communication and Public Relations spoke to students on the advantages and new approach offered by the U.S. higher education system and culture and encouraged them to apply for a graduate program in the States. Dr. Elena Negrea, Fulbright Senior Alumna, shared impressions about her recent research stage as well as about the professional network and academic cooperation developped with U.S. academics and professionals in her field. The presentation ended with a Q&A session.

EAAS 2014

The EAAS 2014 conference on “America: Justice, Conflict, War” was hosted by the NASA and the Leiden University College in The Hague from April 3-6.  Bringing about 400 Americanists from across Europe and across the globe the conference also marked the 60th anniversary of the EAAS (European Association for American Studies). The challenging conference program featured three keynote speeches, six plenary lectures, forty workshops and six shoptalks. Rodica Mihaila, Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and founding President of RAAS, organized  the shoptalk on “European Relevance of the Fulbright Program: Best Practices and Future Perspectives”. The shoptalk was well attended by directors of Fulbright Commissions from various countries, presidents of American Studies Associations and Fulbright alumni. Fulbright and the internationalization of higher education, the impact of Fulbright programs on American Studies, the future of Fulbright in Europe and U.S. government support for Fulbright were among the topics presented by  Penny Egan (Director, Fulbright Commission UK), Julia Stefanova (Director, Fulbright Commission, Bulgaria), Marcel Oomen (Director, Fulbright Commission, Netherlands), Malgorzata Krasowska (Director, Fulbright Commission, Poland), Boris Vejdovsky (University of Lausanne), Adina Ciugureanu (RAAS President) and Robert Anderson (Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Embassy of the United States of America - The Hague, Netherlands).

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