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Ten new US Fulbright scholars participated in the two-day February 2017 US Fulbright Scholars orientation, which included lectures and discussions with Fulbright alumni and representatives of the US Embassy Vienna in Fulbright Austria's MuseumsQuartier Wien/Q21 offices, a walking tour of Vienna's historic Ringstrasse, and a reception with current US Fulbrighters, Austrian Fulbright candidates, alumni, institutional partners and friends, and more.
Ever since the first American Fulbrighters came to Germany, the Fulbright Commission has arranged a mid-year seminar enabling US Fulbright grantees across Europe to get together, share experiences, and discuss the achievements and challenges of the past semester. The seminar also gives grantees the chance to experience Berlin—all the more important now that Berlin is the governing capital of the country.
The Fulbright Seminar in American Studies is held annually in idyllic Strobl am Wolfgangsee, and is an opportunity for US and Austrian Fulbright students and scholars to connect and learn from each other. US Fulbright scholars give talks on topics related to American Studies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (from portrayals of Austria in American films and gender differences in networking to African-American literature and a historical perspective on US presidential elections) and US Fulbright students share their research through poster presentations. The event serves as a pre-departure orientation for Austrian Fulbrighters and FLTAs, and Austrian students at-large also attend to learn about the Fulbright program, studying in the USA, and American Studies.
Fulbright awards change lives and enhance careers. The Fulbright Student Program provides Austrian students who have completed their first degrees and are interested in enrolling in master’s programs at leading universities all over the United States with generous scholarship support. We coach candidates for these prestigious Fulbright awards through the entire application process that also includes university placement and soliciting valuable additional financial support from US institutions. Fulbright students enhance their skill sets in challenging programs of their own choice and enjoy all of the benefits of being members of an international network of Fulbrighters in the US.
On June 23, Austrian Fulbright students, scholars and FLTAs spent the afternoon in pre-departure orientation sessions, then met up with the US students and scholars for a going-away party at a traditional Viennese wine tavern (Heurigen).
Austrian institutions of higher education and research are enthusiastic supporters of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Over twenty universities and universities of applied sciences, research centers, and museums annually host US Fulbright scholars. This commitment to bilateral and international collaboration makes Austria one of the top ten destinations in the world for US Fulbright scholars, who match their expertise with the interests of Austrian host institutions. Opportunities based on jointly articulated and flexible combinations of teaching and research are available in practically all parts and all disciplines in Austria: ranging from Innsbruck to Vienna and from the arts and the humanities to the social sciences and engineering.
Fulbright awards are life-defining experiences for many students. They benefit from Austrian expertise and become experts on Austria. The Fulbright US Student Program annually provides a diverse cohort of up to 23 students – recent graduates as well as graduate students and PhD candidates – from institutions all over the US with fully funded opportunities to study or to conduct research in Austria. US Fulbright students seek affiliation with Austrian institutions that specialize in their specific fields of interest and come from all disciplines. More than half of the US Fulbright students also are engaged part-time as secondary school teaching assistants or as volunteers with local community and cultural organizations: opportunities that are unique to the Fulbright Austria program.
The Austrian Fulbright Scholars Program serves upcoming as well as established scholars. It enhances the careers of early to mid-career scholars from Austria by providing them with opportunities to teach and pursue research at institutions in the US at critical junctures in their careers. It enables the establishment of professional networks, and it stimulates bilateral collaboration and institutional linkages. Opportunities also include grants for established scholars especially designed to promote Austrian studies and comparative Austrian-American studies in the US.
Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) have the opportunity to spend an entire academic year on a US college campus. Fulbright Austria identifies host institutions for FLTAs, who work together with experienced professors of German in formal as well as informal teaching and learning situations. FLTAs animate the instruction of German as native speakers, serve as linguistic models, and are cultural ambassadors. These assistantships also provide FLTAs with opportunities to pursue their own interests as students on campus on a part-time and tuition-free basis.
Live and teach in Austria! For decades this program has provided college graduates from the United States with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to work as secondary school teaching assistants in communities all over Austria. In addition to serving as valuable linguistic models in classroom English instruction, US teaching assistants are also valuable resources for first-hand information about the "American way of life" and informal representatives of the United States. In this capacity, they contribute substantially to the promotion of mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States of America and the Republic of Austria.
The Fulbright Women's Roundtable hosted a special discussion on "Thriving in the Macondo" with Fulbright alumna Josephine Dorado in honor of International Women's Day this week.
Austrian Student Program Officer Martina Laffer will be participating in an event organized by the University of Salzburg to promote programs for students, teaching assistants and scholars, on March 15.
In honor of Black History Month, the US Embassy Vienna and American Corner Innsbruck are hosting a screening of "Race" and a discussion with US Fulbright Scholar Michaela Hoenicke Moore (University of Iowa) on February 22.
USTA and FLTA Program Office Belona Berchtaler will give a talk on opportunities for young teachers at an event called "Go International - Studying and Teaching Worldwide" by VLC Österreich (Vereinigung christlicherer Lehrerinnen an mittleren und höheren Schulen Österreichs).
Each year, the Fulbright Commission invites other Fulbright offices within the EU to nominate one or two American grantees to travel to Belgium and Luxembourg for a four-day “EU-NATO Seminar,” where approximately 45 participants learn about the structure and function of European institutions and NATO and how these institutions affect their academic, professional, and personal daily lives.
US and Austrian Scholar Program Officer Dr. Susanne Hamscha will be taking part in a Alumnae/i Roundtable: Professional Careers with a Ph.D. in English and American Studies, on Friday, January 20, 12:00 noon, at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna.
US Fulbright Scholar Marciana L. Popescu will be giving an open lecture together with her colleague Markus Frischhut on "Current Challenges of Migration. Social, Legal and Ethical Perspectives", on Wednesday, January 18, 5 p.m. MCI, Universitätsstraße 15.
Fulbright Alumna, Industrial Designer Katharina Unger will be giving a talk on “Edible Insects and Novel Food Innovations” on January 16, 6 p.m.
Fulbright-IFK Junior Fellow Ross Lipton is giving a talk at the IFK exploring the relationship between architectural and musical practices at the turn of the 20th century and how their approach to unity in form are both reflections and critiques of the conditions of urban modernity.
Fulbright Austria organized a guided tour and look behind the scenes of the Theater an der Wien for its US program participants currently in Austria.