Fulbright Visiting Scholars Programme information session

 

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The Fulbright Visiting Scholars Programme information session was hosted by the Department of Research and Innovation Support (DRIS). The session, which was presented by Mr EJ Monster, Cultural Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy, covered everything related to the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Programme.

My name is EJ Monster.

I’m the Cultural Affairs Officer at the American Embassy. I manage a number of programmes, one of which is the Fulbright Programme.

I want to introduce my colleague, Margot Moore. Margot primarily works with our programmes for American scholars coming to South Africa. But Margot will be covering the portfolio of the South Africa scholars going to the US.

Some very general background here. You’ve all heard of Fulbright, we have a former Fulbright participant here so thank you very much for jumping in for any thoughts you have about Fulbright if I miss anything. Fulbright is our premier educational exchange programme that we run in over 150 countries around the world. We have been running the Fulbright programme here is SA since 1953, in fact our very first grantee from South Africa to go to the US on a Fulbright programme was from the University of Pretoria. A music professor. It’s that name I have a hard time pronouncing again…

Grové.

Grové. Exactly. He passed away I think two years ago. But was a very well-known music professor here. He went to Harvard on the Fulbright programme. He was South Africa’s very first Fulbright grantee.

I would just preface by saying that you are a fantastic institution and you [have] a wonderful track record with Fulbright.

We established Fulbright in the US in 1946. It’s primarily funded by the us congress; named after senator j William Fulbright from Arkansas who thought, and really frankly, thought the idea was hopefully with more interaction and educational exchange between people of the united states and people of the world, then we wouldn’t have any future world war three ec cetera ec cetera. And I think he has been somewhat successful since then. So the programme is run by the State Department, which is our Ministry of Foreign Affairs - the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

When we talk about Fulbright, there are actually several Fulbright programmes. We have actually nine different Fulbright programmes that we offer for South Africans so it’s not just one Fulbright programme. We have the, probably our largest and most known, is the Fulbright student programme or Fulbright visiting student programme which is for students who wish to get a masters or PhD degree in the US. That’s not the programme that I am here to talk about today.

Obviously you all are at a different point in your careers but I’ll just throw that out there for you to know that it’s out there. We receive over 300 applications every year for approximately 20 grants or scholarships for South Africans to go to the US every year to do their masters or PhD.

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