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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.

Fulbright Impact In the Field Panel Series

Since the emergence of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Fulbright participants and alumni have been working tirelessly to uplift, innovate, and find solutions to challenges facing our communities and world.

Eager to tap into the extensive expertise of our alumni, we are pleased to announce “Fulbright Impact in the Field,” an ongoing series of panels on a variety of timely issues. These 90-minute panels, open to Fulbrighters and the general public, provide a digital space for Fulbright thought leaders to share their insights, expertise, and Fulbright’s impact on local and global communities.

Our panel series includes:

September 16th, 2021, 1:30PM ET
75 Years of Public Diplomacy

Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has sought the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of people from all backgrounds — recent graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, artists, and more — in the fields of education, culture, and science, among others. Celebrating the Fulbright Program’s establishment on August 1, 1946, “Fulbright Impact in the Field: 75 Years of Public Diplomacy” will convene a panel of Fulbrighters who make a difference through connecting peoples and nations. It will include recorded comments by retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, followed by discussion about how the Fulbright Program impacts diplomacy and prepares participants for success in a diplomatic career.

View the recording of the webinar.

Remarks from: Amb. Thomas Pickering (1954 Fulbright U.S. Student to Australia) - Thomas R. Pickering is a retired U.S. ambassador. His decorated four-decade-long career in foreign service included ambassadorships in Russia (1993–1996); India (1992–1993); to the United Nations (1989–1992); Israel (1985–1988); El Salvador (1983–1985); Nigeria (1981–1983); and Jordan (1974–1978). Additionally, he served as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1997 to 2000. He holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank  in the U.S. Foreign Service. He received a second master’s degree while a 1954 Fulbright U.S. Student at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Following Ambassador Pickering’s retirement, the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was renamed The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program in his honor. The program continues Ambassador Pickering’s work, preparing outstanding young people for careers in the U.S. Foreign Service, including members of historically underrepresented groups. Ambassador Pickering joined the private sector as the Senior Vice President for International Relations and Executive Council Member for The Boeing Company, and continues working toward a more peaceful world through his involvement with various organizations including the International Crisis Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Project on National Security Reform.


Edward J. (E.J.) Monster (1999 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Belgium) - Mr. Monster joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2002 after completing a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Ghent, Belgium. He has served overseas in Bolivia, Kenya, Malawi, Poland, and South Africa. In Washington, D.C., he has completed assignments in the U.S. Department of State’s Operations Center and Bureau of Global Talent Management, as well as the White House Situation Room. He currently serves as a Policy and Planning Officer in the Office of the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Mr. Monster earned master’s degrees in national security strategy at the National War College and international studies at George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in foreign language education at Nazareth College.


Abeer Jarrar (2006 Fulbright Foreign Student from Jordan) - Dr. Abeer Jarrar is Partner, Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Capital Markets at Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. She has over 18 years’ experience in the Middle East, with a particular focus on equity capital markets. Having advised in recent years on some of the most complex and high-profile regional and international M&A transactions, Dr. Jarrar combines a profound understanding of the legal environment and the distinct business culture of the Middle East and their interaction with international market practice. She was previously Managing Associate, Corporate M&A at Linklaters based in the UAE, and Senior Associate of Corporate M&A at Clifford Chance. From 2002 to 2006, she was Third Secretary/Consul with the Embassy of Jordan in Washington, D.C. As a 2006 Fulbright Foreign Student from Jordan, Dr. Jarrar studied at Georgetown University, where she earned a Doctor of Juridical Science. She also holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Kent and a higher diploma in diplomatic studies and negotiations from the Junior Diplomats Proficiency Program at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy.  

Amb. Michal Mlynár (1998 Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program from the Slovak Republic) - Ambassador Michal Mlynár has been the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations in New York since August 2017, and is Vice Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) for 2021. From 2015 to 2017, Ambassador Mlynár was Director General for International Organizations, Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. He has served as the Slovak Republic's Ambassador in Kenya; Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to UN-Habitat; and as President of the 25th session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council. Ambassador Mlynár holds a PhD and a master’s degree in applied linguistics and teaching foreign languages from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. In 1998, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles as a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program participant.      

Kelley Whitson (2011 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Malaysia) - Ms. Whitson joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 2014 and currently serves as a Gender, Entrepreneurship, and Health Officer in the Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Economic Policy in Washington, D.C. Ms. Whitson previously worked as a Staff Assistant in the African Affairs Bureau, providing support to the Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the Deputy Assistant Secretaries. She also completed overseas tours in Copenhagen, Denmark and Monterrey, Mexico. Ms. Whitson holds a master’s degree in International Development from American University and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Spelman College. She speaks Spanish and Danish. As a 2011 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Ms. Whitson taught English to Malaysian students in Terengganu, Malaysia.


April 23rd, 2021, 1:00PM EDT
Climate Change and Environmental Justice

This “Fulbright Impact in the Field: Climate Change and Environmental Justice'' panel convened scientists, researchers, and other professionals involved in combating climate change. They discussed the latest scientific and policy developments; how their Fulbright experiences enhanced collaboration within the international scientific community; and how the new ideas they brought back with them benefit their institutions and communities.

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Tim McDonnell (2016 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow to Kenya): Tim McDonnell is a climate and energy journalist at the global business magazine Quartz, covering the people, companies, technologies, and policies driving—or impeding—the clean energy transition. McDonnell was a 2018 National Geographic Explorer to Bangladesh, formerly on the staff of NPR and Mother Jones, and has contributed bylines in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Slate, IRIN, Wired, The Huffington Post, Nautilus, Grist, Audubon, Sierra, and elsewhere. As a 2016 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow to Kenya, McDonnell studied climate change’s impact on food security in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria.


Amber Ajani (2014 Fulbright Foreign Student to American University from Pakistan): Amber Ajani is a Climate Fellow at the UN Climate Change secretariat and a recipient of the UNFCCC-UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship. Ajani has teaching and conservation experience in environmental education, climate change, integrated coastal management, and environmental journalism. She has worked with International Union for Conservation of Nature, Iracambi Rainforest Research Center, Greenpeace USA, Subh-e-Nau Magazine, Shehri Citizens for a Better Environment, and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. As a 2014 Fulbright Foreign Student, Ajani completed a master’s degree in environmental science from American University.

Shalanda Baker, JD (2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Mexico): Shalanda Baker, JD, is a leading expert on environmental and energy law. She is Deputy Director for Energy Justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In 2018, she co-founded the Initiative for Energy Justice to support the delivery of equity-centered energy policy research and technical assistance to policymakers and frontline communities across the country. As a 2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Mexico, Baker researched energy reform, climate change, and its impact on Indigenous rights in Oaxaca.

Dr. M Jackson (2011 Fulbright U.S. Student to Turkey, 2015 Fulbright U.S. Student to Iceland, 2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Iceland): Dr. M Jackson is a geographer, glaciologist, TED Fellow, Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, and National Geographic Society Explorer. Jackson has worked for decades in the Arctic chronicling climate change and communities, and is the author of two award-winning science books, The Secret Lives of Glaciers (2019) and While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change (2015). Jackson travels widely giving public talks and lectures on climate change and women in science. As a Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar to Iceland, Dr. Jackson studied glacial change.

Dr. Greg Poelzer (2015 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar, 2021 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Co-Lead Scholar): Dr. Greg Poelzer researches comparative politics and policy related to Indigenous relations, energy and resource development, and capacity-building in the North. He is Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) and the Renewable Energy in Remote and Indigenous Communities Flagship Initiative Lead at the University of Saskatchewan. He is co-director of a multi-million-dollar Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant for 17 Indigenous and Northern communities. As a 2015 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar, Dr. Poelzer studied Arctic energy policy and governance from a First Nations perspective in the Energy Working Group.


March 8th, 2021, 11:00AM ET
Strengthening International Engagement on U.S. Campuses

In celebration of the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary, this “Fulbright Impact in the Field” panel convened higher education leaders from across the United States for a wide-ranging discussion on international engagement. Panelists described how their Fulbright experiences abroad shaped their careers and influenced their outlook on international education. They shared their perspectives on the current challenges and opportunities facing higher education in the United States, the positive impacts of international engagement, the effects of COVID-19, and how engagement with Fulbright has strengthened globalization of their respective campuses.

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Harris Pastides, Ph.D., MPH (Chairman of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, 1987 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Greece)Harris Pastides is President Emeritus at the University of South Carolina (USC), having served as its 28th President. Throughout his career, Dr. Pastides has advocated for extracurricular student engagement through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships, and undergraduate research. Under his leadership, USC's student population grew to record levels, and prioritized non-traditional programs to increase university access and affordability. 


Ronald A. Crutcher, Ph.D. (President of the University of Richmond, 1972 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany) -
Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher is a national leader in higher education and a distinguished classical musician and professor of music. He became president and professor of music at the University of Richmond in 2015 having previously served as president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts for 10 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Crutcher has actively promoted access, affordability, and inclusive excellence. 

Joan T.A. Gabel, J.D. (President of the University of Minnesota, 2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholar International Education Administrators (IEA) Award to India) - As the University of Minnesota’s 17th President, Gabel has advanced impact and equity of the University System through the development and implementation of a new strategic plan, MPact 2025, which emphasizes student success, equity, outreach and engagement, fiscal stewardship, and research and solutions to impact the world. She is leading the university’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, while reimagining opportunities to honor its nearly 170-year legacy, and its bright future of teaching, research, and service. Gabel’s academic interests include legal and ethical issues in business, public higher education mission, ethical governance, and women’s leadership. 

Willard Gingerich, Ph.D. (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montclair State University, 1980 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Panama) - Willard Gingerich serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Montclair State University. Prior to assuming his position at Montclair State, Gingerich served as provost, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, and professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As an administrator, Dr. Gingerich's wide range of accomplishments include the creation of a consortium of academic institutions accredited as NGOs by the United Nations, and the launch of online programs. 

Mark B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. (President of Florida International University (FIU), 1982 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad award recipient to Honduras) - Mark B. Rosenberg is the fifth president of Florida International University (FIU). A political scientist specializing in Latin America, Dr. Rosenberg is the first FIU faculty member to ascend to the university’s presidency. A public, majority-minority institution of higher education that leads the country in the production of minority degrees in the sciences and engineering, FIU is the future of U.S. higher education.

January 29th, 2021, 10:30AM ET
Special "Fulbright Impact in the Field" Reunion Panel: Global Health & COVID-19


Building on the success of May 2020’s inaugural “Fulbright Impact in the Field” panel, this Fulbright 75th Anniversary Special "Fulbright Impact in the Field" Reunion Panel on Global Heath & COVID-19 reunited our original panelists for a follow-up discussion. Participating Fulbright alumni, who are physicians and scientists, shared updates about their experiences combatting the pandemic over the past year. They discussed changes in coronavirus treatment, lessons learned about the virus, the current state of vaccine production and distribution, and more.

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Imre Varju, MD, PhD, MPH, CHES (2016 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Hungary to Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School) – Dr. Varju is a medical scientist and health communications specialist. He is currently working as a Health Education and Behavior Change Strategist, interested in sharing how to accurately communicate risk and public health developments.


Serena Dasani, MD, MBA (2013 ETA to Indonesia) – Dr. Dasani is an anesthesia resident physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and has conducted research quantifying the financial impact that COVID-19 had on U.S. hospitals.

Javier Jaimes, DVM, MS, MBA, PhD (2014 Foreign Fulbright Student from Colombia to Cornell University) – Dr. Jaimes is a virologist working in research and education, currently studying the pathogenesis of the SARS-Co V-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 emergency.

Igor Stoma, MD, PhD (2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Belarus to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) – Dr. Stoma is Chancellor and Professor of Infectious Diseases at Gomel State Medical University in Belarus, with research interests in emerging infectious diseases. He is also an Infectious Diseases attending physician and strategist who consults on the treatment of the most complex cases of COVID-19.

Charlotte Summers, PhD, MRCP, FFICM (2013 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from the UK to University of California, San Francisco) – Dr. Summers is an academic critical care physician at Cambridge with a passion for translating basic science into therapies for critically ill patients.

Benjamin tenOever, PhD (2014 U.S. Scholar to research and teach at Institut Pasteur and Ecole Normale Superieure in France) – Dr. tenOever is Director of the Virus Engineering Center for Therapeutics and Research (VECToR) at Mount Sinai. He is presently involved in an international consortium to develop vaccines and antivirals against Novel Conronavirus (SARS-Co V-2).


November 20th, 2020, 2PM EST
Re-Imagining International Education in a Post-Pandemic World

In celebration of International Education Week 2020, this panel convened a panel of international education and exchange experts to share their perspectives on the current challenges and opportunities facing international education and study abroad. As experts in international education and student fellowships, they discussed the positive impacts of study abroad on U.S. campus communities, the effects of COVID-19, how higher education professionals continue to adapt to the “new normal,” and how their respective Fulbright experiences shaped their careers and influence their outlook on international education.

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Charles Sasaki is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Windward Community College in Hawaii. He has nearly thirty years of professional experience in higher education academic affairs, student affairs, and as chief diversity officer. His work has primarily centered on the creation of inclusive teaching and learning environments and leadership for Minority Serving Institutions. Charles is a former Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassador and three-time Fulbright recipient, including a Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar to Russia and Ukraine (2012), as well as Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars to Germany (2008) and Taiwan (2019).


Adria Baker, EdD is the Associate Vice Provost for International Education and the Executive Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She has served as a leader in international education for over 20 years at Rice, where she has won recognition for furthering international education exchange. She supports Rice’s campus internationalization, overseeing operations for incoming foreign nationals, which, at nearly 1000 scholars, is almost 24% of the overall student population. She directs the Brasil@Rice initiatives and won the 2020 Andrew Heiskell and 2015 Paul Simon campus internationalization awards for Rice’s Brazilian initiatives. Adria has written articles and presented often on international education subjects including advocacy issues, international student and scholar advising, educational systems, immigration topics, and other issues promoting international education exchange. She is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassador and 2013 Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminar alumna to South Korea.

Donathan Brown, PhD is the Assistant Provost and AVP for Faculty Diversity and Recruitment and an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In his role, he provides institutional leadership for the effective recruitment and advancement of a diverse and excellent faculty body. He places particular emphasis on recruiting historically underrepresented faculty and providing strategic guidance to support retention-related efforts that include professional development, mentoring, academic diversity and equity, and work-life policies. Donathan is an expert on race and public policy, especially as it pertains to African Americans and Latinos. He is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassador, a 2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumnus to Slovenia, and is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

John M. Dunn, EdD has had an extensive career in higher education leadership at a number of institutions. He recently concluded his tenure as interim chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to that, John retired as president emeritus of Western Michigan University after a decade of leadership, during which he oversaw an expansion of WMU’s internationalization through significant new international agreements with overseas institutions, as well as a substantial increase in the number of international students, from approximately 900 students to 1900 students, representing more than 100 countries. John served as a 2018 Fulbright Specialist to the Dominican Republic, where he was hosted by Universidad Iberoamericana and primarily assisted university leadership with designing a new strategic plan.

Olga Selezeneva, PhD is the Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Office at the Higher School of Economics at the National Research University in Moscow, Russia. In her role, she oversees the establishment and development of international partnerships, including the implementation of agreements with current and prospective partner institutions. Additionally, she collaborates with representatives of foreign universities and international organizations, as well as Russian and foreign diplomatic representatives in relation to international partnerships. She is a 2013 Fulbright Russian International Education Administrators (RIEA) Seminar alumna to the United States.

Adelina S. Silva, PhD is the Vice Chancellor for Student Success at the Alamo Community College District (ACCD) in San Antonio, Texas. She has held several positions in her over 40-year career with the Alamo Colleges District as counselor, founder and director of the San Antonio College Women’s Center, project director for federal programs in Student Services, vice president of Student Services at Palo Alto College, district director of Student and Community Program Development, and district vice president of Student Program Development. Adelina has presented extensively on leadership, student development, advising, and equity. She is a former Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassador and 2013 Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar alumna to Russia.


October 7th, 2020, 2PM EDT
Nursing, COVID-19, and the Future of Care

 Upcoming Panel

This panel dived into the lived experiences of Fulbrighters who work as nurses in academia, community health, emergency preparedness, technology, and more. Now navigating an environment challenged by COVID-19, the panelists discussed how public health is administered internationally and how technology will impact the future of care, including: telemedicine and remote screening services, faster and more efficient monitoring of affected populations, and more equitable healthcare access.

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Gregory L. Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, IAHSI (2017 U.S. Scholar to Australia and Alumni Ambassador) - Dr. Gregory L. Alexander is an internationally recognized nursing informaticist and clinical expert with more than 25 years of research and clinical practice leadership. His program of research is focused on technologies used to support patient care delivery, with an emphasis on aging populations. He leads an AHRQ-funded R01 to benchmark national trends in information technology adoption and the impact on quality measures in nursing homes. As a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2017, he worked with an Australian research team to investigate IT use as it related to resident care, clinical support, and quality measures in a sample of nursing homes in New South Wales. Dr. Alexander’s book, “An Introduction to Clinical Health Information Technology for Long Term/Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Settings,” shows how research identifies and promotes evidence toward new models of care, including technology implementation trends and safety and quality impacts for long-term and post-acute settings.


Cathy Campbell, PhD, RN (2017 Fulbright U.S. Global Scholar to South Africa and Thailand) - Dr. Campbell, an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, is a 2017 Fulbright Global Scholar to South Africa and Thailand. Her program of research focuses on the role of lay health workers in palliative care, access to palliative care in rural communities, and spiritual care for transgender elders. She is also an ordained Buddhist Chaplain.

Norma G. Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN (2019 Fulbright Specialist to Peru) - Dr. Norma Cuellar’s expertise is in issues related to cultural diversity, working as a leader for diversity in nursing. Her research focus has been health disparities and workforce diversity. She has received over $3 million in funding, including, most recently, a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant. She has served as National President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), the Principal Investigator in the Community Partner Grant Initiative for NIH’s All of Us Research Program, and has served as Editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing for six years. In addition to traveling to Spain, Nicaragua, and Peru as transcultural immersion programs, Dr. Cuellar spent four months in Peru as a 2019 Fulbright Specialist working on scholarship development (research, practice, and service) to improve health care outcomes in Peruvians.

Cheedy Jaja, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP-BC, RN (2018 U.S. Scholar to Sierra Leone) - Dr. Cheedy Jaja, a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and registered nurse (RN), is an associate professor in the University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing. He has more than 12 years experience providing clinical and psychosocial care to patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), and more than two decades of teaching experience in nursing, social sciences, arts and humanities in higher education institutions. He holds leadership positions in the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Physician Assistants, and the Network of Minority Research Investigators (NIMR), and serves on the American Society of Hematology Sickle Cell Disease Coalition Group and the Global Sickle Cell Disease Issues Working Group. During the Ebola epidemic in 2014, he served two tours in Sierra Leone with Partners in Health (PIH), providing clinical care to Ebola patients. He has received recognition from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Future Research Leader, the “Sickle Cell Disease Advocate of the Year” award, and a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Sierra Leone. In October 2020, Dr. Jaja will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PHD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN (2016 U.S. Scholar to Ireland) - Dr. Veenema is an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness. Her decision-support software and information technology applications for disaster response have been presented at conferences around the globe. Her scholarship includes the leading international text in the field, Disaster Nursing: Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards (Springer, 3rd Edition, 2013), and two nationally award-winning Disaster e-Learning Courses, Red Cross ReadyRN Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Health Services (American Red Cross, 2007) and ReadyRN (Elsevier, MC Strategies, 2008). Dr. Veenema received master’s degrees in nursing administration (1992), pediatrics (1993), and public health (1999) and a PhD in health services research and policy (2001) from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a member of the American Red Cross National Scientific Advisory Board and is an elected Fellow in both the National Academies of Practice and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Veenema was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor from the International Red Crescent (Geneva, Switzerland), the highest international award a nurse can receive.


August 13th, 2020
Disability Rights, Inclusion, and the International Legacy of the ADA

Disability Rights Panel


In celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)'s 30th Anniversary, this panel convened a group of alumni scholars with disabilities, accessibility and inclusion advocates, and legal experts to explain, reflect on, and envision the future of the ADA’s impact in the United States and around the world. Topics of conversation included contemporary issues in the disability rights movement, accessibility and inclusion in an international context, and the experiences of scholars abroad.

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Arlene Kanter, JD, LLM (2009 U.S. Scholar to Israel) - Professor Kanter is the founder and Director of Syracuse University’s College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP), which houses the nation’s most extensive disability law program. She is also Faculty Director of International Programs. From 2001-06, Professor Kanter worked with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CPRD). Since then, she has worked with governments and disability organizations on implementing the CRPD in more than a dozen countries. Professor Kanter’s Fulbright project was “Disability Studies in Israel: The Status of People With Disabilities in Israel and a Proposal to Create Israel's First Disability Studies Program.”


Istou Diallo (2018 U.S. Student to India) - Ms. Diallo is a Senior Program Manager at Incarceration Nations Network, a global network and think tank supporting and popularizing prison reform efforts worldwide. Diallo’s Fulbright-Nehru student research project, “Notions of Disability: Combatting the Stigmatization of Indian Women with Disabilities,” explored personal and political strategies disabled Indian women and those in the disability justice field implemented in combating ableism.

Joseph Hill, PhD (2007 U.S. Student to Italy) - Dr. Hill is a Director of the Deaf Studies Laboratory in the Center on Culture and Language, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Hill, who is deaf, is known for his contributions to the literature on an African-American variety of American Sign Language and evaluative judgments toward signing varieties in the American Deaf community. His Fulbright research project, “Attitudes towards Italian Sign Language (LIS) in Deaf Education,” investigated administrators, parents, and teachers, and their point of view in the use of sign language with deaf children at the Siena School for Liberal Arts. 

Pintu Kumar, PhD (2015 Visiting Scholar from India) - Dr. Kumar is an Assistant Professor of History at Motilal Nehru College (Eve), University of Delhi. Dr. Kumar is a disability rights activist and orthopedically handicapped up to 86%, is known for his contributions to the welfare of people with disabilities in India. He is the author of Buddhist Learning in South Asia: Education, Religion, and Culture at the Ancient Śrī Nālandā Mahāvihāra, which was a part of his Fulbright-Nehru postdoctoral research project: “Buddhist Monasteries in Ancient India: Curriculum and Pedagogy.”


July 1st, 2020
Race, Justice, and the Global Civil Rights Struggle

Upcoming Panel
This panel engaged an interdisciplinary panel of Fulbright alumni experts in an academic discussion designed to deepen our understanding of racial injustice and contemporary issues in policing and criminal justice, and to contextualize our current moment in the global history of the civil rights struggle.

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Race Justice Impact Panel Resource Recommendations (PDF)


LaNitra M. Berger is the senior director of fellowships in the Office of Undergraduate Education and affiliate faculty in the African and African American Studies Program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on modern art in the African diaspora, art and social activism, and the intersections between the African and Jewish diasporas in the twentieth century.


Tanya Katerí Hernández, J.D. (2014 and 2015 U.S. Scholar to Trinidad and France) – Dr. Tanya Katerí Hernández is an Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law at Fordham University, and an internationally recognized comparative race law expert. Dr. Hernández’s areas of expertise include: anti-discrimination law, comparative employment discrimination, critical race theory, and the science of implicit bias.

Tiffany Joseph, PhD (2007 U.S. Fulbright Student to Brazil) – Dr. Tiffany Joseph is an Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. Her research explores comparative frameworks of race, ethnicity, and migration in the Americas, immigrants' health and healthcare access, micro-level impacts of public policy, and the experiences of faculty of color and women in academia.

Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, PhD (2019 U.S. Scholar to Jamaica, 2020 Specialist) – Dr. Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya is a professor at Brooklyn College. His research examines the historical relationship between forms of penal confinement and the accumulation of profits under varying economic systems.

Everette Penn, PhD (2005 U.S. Scholar to Egypt) – Dr. Everette Penn is a professor at University of Houston Clear Lake. Dr. Penn is the Principal Investigator for the Teen and Police Service Academy, Department of Justice-/COPS Office-funded program ( and has authored dozens of publications on juvenile justice, race and crime, and homeland security.

Terrell Jermaine Starr, MS, MA (Fulbright U.S. Student to Ukraine) – Terrell Jermaine Starr is the senior reporter at The Root, where he writes about U.S.-Russia politics and race in America. He is the host and founder of the podcast Black Diplomats, a weekly show that explores global affairs from a Black, non-policy wonk perspective.


May 28th, 2020
Digital Education, COVID-19, and the Future of Teaching and Learning

Previous Panel

U.S. and foreign Fulbright alumni experts shared their perspectives about the current challenges and opportunities for delivering and receiving instruction online. Drawing on their experience, they addressed current best practices for virtual teaching and learning; issues of access, equity, and bridging the “digital divide;” and how educational institutions can successfully adapt to an online-only environment.

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Angela Benson, PhD (2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Namibia) – Dr. Angela Benson is a Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Alabama. Her research addresses the role of culture in technology-mediated learning spaces.

James Arvanitakis, PhD (2019 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Australia) – Dr. James Arvanitakis is the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Western Sydney University in Australia. He also serves as the Milward L. Simpson Visiting Professor in the School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies at the University of Wyoming.

Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., STEM (2018 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow) – Tammy Brecht Dunbar teaches 5th grade in the Manteca Unified School District of California.

Jayne C. Lammers, PhD (2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Indonesia) – Dr. Jayne C. Lammers is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and Human Development, where she directs the secondary English teacher preparation program.

Patrice Moulton, PhD (2017 Fulbright Specialist to Nepal) – Dr. Patrice Moulton is a Professor of Psychology in the Masters’ Program for Clinical Psychology at Northwestern State University, located in Louisiana.

May 15th, 2020
Global Health & COVID-19

Previous PanelPanelists discussed their experience combatting the pandemic as physicians and scientists. They shared stories and perspectives of life on the frontlines of coronavirus treatment, how research makes an impact, how their jobs have changed over the past few months due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, and their hopes for future public health preparedness.

View the recording of the webinar. 


Serena Dasani, MD, MBA (2013 ETA to Indonesia) – Dr. Dasani is a frontline physician at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, sharing with us the perspective of a primary care physician treating COVID patients, and working to improve healthcare administration.

Javier Jaimes, DVM, MS, MBA, PhD (2014 Foreign Fulbright Student from Colombia to Cornell University) – Dr. Jaimes is a virologist working in research and education, currently studying the pathogenesis of the SARS-Co V-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 emergency.

Igor Stoma, MD, PhD (2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Belarus to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) – Dr. Stoma is a Clinical Professor at Belarusian State Medical University with research interests in emerging infectious diseases. He is also an Infectious Diseases Attending Physician who consults on the treatment of the most complex cases of COVID-19.

Charlotte Summers, PhD, MRCP, FFICM (2013 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from the UK to University of California, San Francisco) – Dr. Summers is an academic critical care physician at Cambridge with a passion for translating basic science into therapies for critically ill patients.

Benjamin tenOever, PhD (2014 U.S. Scholar to research and teach at Institut Pasteur and Ecole Normale Superieure in France) – Dr. tenOever is Director of the Virus Engineering Center for Therapeutics and Research (VECToR) at Mount Sinai. He is presently involved in an international consortium to develop vaccines and antivirals against Novel Conronavirus (SARS-Co V-2).

Imre Varju, MD, PhD, MPH, CHES (2016 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Hungary to Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School) – Dr. Varju is a medical scientist and health communications specialist. He is currently working as a Health Education and Behavior Change Strategist, interested in sharing how to accurately communicate risk and public health developments.