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Fulbright Program

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Country Code: P277
Name of Programme: Fulbright Program
Organisation responsible for the programme: Ireland – United States Commission for Educational Exchange
Type of organisation: National Agency
Country: Ireland
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Starting Date 1957
Ending date
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable)

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
"The simple purpose of the exchange program…is to erode the culturally rooted mistrust that sets nations against one another. The exchange program is not a panacea but an avenue of hope…”
Priority actions
Each year the Fulbright Commission awards scholarships to Irish citizens and or EU citizens resident in Ireland for 3 years or more for post-graduate study, research and teaching in the United States and for US citizens for post-graduate study, research study, research and teaching in Ireland.
Fulbright grants which include a monetary award, visa administration, accident and emergency insurance and cultural and professional programs are selected through an open and merit-based competition and final approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, DC.
Students are applicants who intend to enrol on a US Masters or PhD degree program or conduct independent research (minimum 6 months) as part of an Irish or European PhD program. The awards are only available for one academic year but students may remain in the US for the full duration of their academic program if it is greater than the year.
Scholar Awards are for post-doctoral researchers and academics or professionals with more than 5-7 years experience in any discipline including the visual and performing arts to spend 3-12 months researching and or lecturing in the US.
The following awards are offered to Irish students and scholars or EU students or scholars resident in Ireland for 3 years:
• Fulbright All Discipline Student Awards
• Fulbright All Discipline Scholars Awards
• Fulbright Irish Studies Scholar Award
• Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantships
• Fulbright Irish Language Scholars Awards
• Fulbright International Science & Technology Award
• Fulbright – Schuman Awards
The following awards are on offer to US citizens and to Irish institutions interested in hosting a US Fulbrighter:
• Fulbright US Student Awards
• Fulbright US Scholar Awards
• Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards
• Fulbright Inter-Country Awards

Management and coordination
Bi national board consisting of 8 members
Commission staff of 3
Oversight from US Department of State
Co-operation from partner agencies in the US

Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
For 2010 – 2011, 40 scholarships will be awarded, 23 to Irish citizens and 17 to US citizens
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