The program did not only have a positive impact on my own professional development; it also enabled me to inspire people in the US, whom I would have…
When I was invited to consider a Fulbright-sponsored professorship at the University of Vienna during the fall of 1990, I chose to do that rather than to continue my deanship responsibilities at the City College of New York of the City University of New York, as I figured this experience could offer me further opportunities to support faculty and students.
I definitely got a typical US campus university experience at CSB-SJU. But the great thing is I got even more than that."
"I have made invaluable connections through the Fulbright Program that have affected my life positively, sometimes in unexpected ways."
"The research I do on the song contest and the teaching I do back in the United States would not be possible without the lessons I learned through the Fulbright Program both as a student then and as a scholar today."
"It is easy to overlook the necessity of a program like the Fulbright whose effects are not always easily quantifiable in numbers, output or economically. But after my experiences as a grantee there is absolutely no question of the grave importance of the Fulbright program."
"I was extremely fortunate to received the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Humanities from the Institute for Theatre, Film, and Media Research in 2007. I taught hundreds of students from all over the world in German, while researching a book titled 'A Cultural Chronicle of the Weimar Republic.' "
"I am ever so grateful to the Fulbright program and to the people who make it possible for my love of Austria, their literature, their history, their music and culture..."
"...I knew that I would have exciting opportunities to teach in one of the world's most engaging cities. I did not know, however, that my experience would lead to more than 25 years of collaboration, international programs, and scholarly work..."
"I don't know if I will have the opportunity to live [in today´s Vienna] as I did the city of decades past, but I still dream of it ... It gave my succeeding career enormous depth and diversity of knowledge. Nothing short of a Fulbright could have ever been so formative and inspiring."
"[I] taught several courses on Balkan history to American students during the 1990s, when the Balkan region was in the news every night. Without the generosity of the program, I would not have had the same grasp on that history ..."
"During my first year as a USTA, I was assigned to a Gymnasium that both students and teachers described to me as one of the city's worst. That wasn't at all my experience."
"Looking at the pictures from a recent Austrian Studies Conference I hosted ..., I am reminded of the importance of the support of the Fulbright for so many scholars of Austrian Studies."
"In retrospect, now in my mid 80's, I am extremely grateful to the Vienna Fulbright Office for having granted me such wonderful opportunities, not only at Universität Wien but also in experiencing the wonderful city of Vienna."
"...my year was filled to the brim with amazing and wonderful events and people, and opened a world for me that I would never have known otherwise..."
"...without the Fulbright I would not have been able to find the records and archival work that I uncovered..."