Writing Center Workshop: Fulbright US Student Program

The Writing Center is holding a workshop on how to prepare for the Fulbright US Student program application essays:

Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: Advice on the Application Essays
Friday, May 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Are you a graduating senior or graduate student and thinking about applying for a student Fulbright scholarship this fall? In this workshop, you’ll learn about the requirements for the two essays which play a key role in the outcome of your application. You’ll also have a chance to analyze successful samples from past applicants and to ask questions about the essays

Please pre-register for the workshop here, https://writing.wisc.edu/

The Fulbright US Student competition is open to US citizens; UW-Madison students who will be applying in the fall of their senior year and graduate students at any level are invited to attend the workshop. Participants in the workshop are not required to have met with Erin Crawley, the campus Fulbright program advisor, prior to the workshop. They are welcome to contact her at any time during the application process. The 2015-16 Fulbright US Student competition will open on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Please note: this workshop is NOT appropriate for students who are applying to the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad competition.

Fulbright Israel Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Fulbright Israel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for
American Researchers in All Academic Disciplines
2015/2016 – 2016/2017

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright commission for Israel, plans to offer 8 fellowships to American post-doctoral researchers in support of work to be carried out at Israeli universities during the course of the 2015/2016-2016/2017 academic years.

The US Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program is open to candidates in all academic disciplines.

Holders of tenure track positions are not eligible to apply. Individuals who have already begun research activities in Israel prior to the application date are not eligible.

Program grants total $40,000, $20,000 per academic year.

Program Fellows must be accepted as post-doctoral researchers by Israeli host institutions, which agree to provide them with a standard post-doctoral grant, which they will receive in addition to their Fulbright Fellowship. Thus, the total financial support received by Program Fellows is likely to be in the range of at least $35,000-$40,000 per year.

Applications for 2015/2016-2016/2017 Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships must be submitted to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars by August 1, 2014.

The full Program announcement is available at http://fulbright.org.il/uspostdoc.

Potential candidates may contact Ms. Judy Stavsky, Deputy Director, USIEF (jstavsky@fulbright.org.il; +972-3-517-2392) for advice and assistance.

Fulbright NEXUS Climate Change (Faculty)

From Dr. Michael Hawes, CEO, Fulbright Canada: I am writing today to encourage you to reach out to your colleagues and encourage them to apply for the Fulbright NEXUS Program. This two-year collaborative research program on “Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies,” is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in this area to make a significant positive impact. Please understand that we are working on a short deadline as applications must be submitted on April 1, 2014.

Successful applicants will collaborate with lead scholars Dr. Daniel M Kammen and Dr. Sergio Pacca, as well as 20 of the best and brightest in North America with similar goals and interests. If you know of anyone who is studying the themes below, please share this email with them so that they can join us for the professional and personal experience of a lifetime.


Renewable Energy, including Micro-Grid Innovations;

Social and Behavioral Adaptation to Climate Change;

Measuring Climate Change and its Impact (Metrics and Standards);

Climate Change and Biodiversity; and

Climate Change and Food and Water Security

Thank you for encouraging your faculty to consider this exciting opportunity. Potential applicants can reach out to Brad Hector (bhector@fulbrihgt.ca), program officer for scholars, with any questions they may have.


Dr. Michael K. Hawes
Chief Executive Officer / Président-directeur général
Fulbright Canada
2015-350 rue Albert Street Ottawa, Canada K1R1A4
t. 613.688.5521; f. 613.237.2029;

Core Facts about the awards

· The Fulbright NEXUS program is now open, and closes April 1, 2014

· Program activities commence June 2014 and conclude May 2016

· All grantees are expected to attend three seminar group meetings, complete a research visit for two to three months, and maintain ongoing virtual communication with fellow grantees and lead scholars. American applicants may conduct their research visit in Canada. The research visit must be completed prior to March 2016

· The three seminars are scheduled for:

August 2014 – First Group Meeting and Orientation (Brazil)

June 2015 – Mid-year Group Meeting (TBD)

May 2016 – Final Group Meeting (Washington, DC)

· Candidates must be Canadian or U.S. citizens,

· Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree as appropriate. Candidates outside academia (e.g., professionals, artists) with recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are also eligible, and

· Be proficient in English.

American Applicants can apply to the:

Ø NEXUS Program: Two-year collaborative research program on
“Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies”

* Inquiries: Brad Hector, Program Officer (Scholars), bhector@fulbright.ca


Sandy Ng, Fulbright NEXUS Scholar

“This exchange has broadened my perspectives, allowed me to be immersed in other cultures, and provoked me to think of the implications of my work beyond my own country. While the possibilities are endless, it all started with NEXUS! In this globalized world, it is very important that the next generation of scholars be enlightened with a world perspective.”

Fulbright Canada at a glance:

· With more than 300,000 Fulbright alumni in more than 150 countries, the Fulbright program is the gold standard in academic exchange and a leader in public diplomacy.

· The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange.

· The mandate of Fulbright Canada is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America by providing support to outstanding individuals. These individuals conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the other country. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders.

· For details about all of our awards, please visit http://www.fulbright.ca/programs/apply-now/

Int’l Conference for Literature Grad Students

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been invited to select candidates in literature to attend a Doctoral Seminar sponsored by the Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, to be held in Finland at the University of Helsinki in June 2014. The topic of this year’s seminar is: Reading Reconsidered: History, Practices, Materialities, Affects.

The full call for papers appears below. Those interested in applying may also contact Professor Ellen Sapega (ewsapega@wisc.edu) or Professor B. Venkat Mani (bvmani@wisc.edu).

The UW campus deadline for applications is Friday, February 28. Applications (by email only) containing name, institutional address, email address, 200-word abstract of doctoral project, and 300-word abstract of proposed paper should be sent to: director@global.wisc.edu.


HERMES seminar 2014
Reading Reconsidered: History, Practices, Materialities, Affects

Helsinki, June 8-13, 2014
Annual International Post-Graduate Seminar
in collaboration with the universities united in the HERMES-network

It is a truism that literature does not exist unless there is someone who reads it. We are used to think of reading as a meeting of text and reader. We are familiar with debates about which of the two dominate this encounter: do the embedded reception structures, conceptualized as, for example, the distinction between authorial and narrative audiences guide the reader’s response? Or is reading primarily steered by our reading strategies that are institutionally formed? New dimensions were added to this debate when we realized that reading is not simply a matter of relating content to form, but that it responds to a text’s materiality. The concrete forms of books affect our reading. Further, reading has a physical side, too; this dimension was better known in earlier times when reading aloud was a common practice. In Karin Littau’s words, reading brings together two bodies, “one made of paper and ink, the other of flesh and blood.” The growing awareness of the physicality of reading involves a heightened perception of the effects of reading. Besides whetting our imaginations and challenging our intellect, reading affects our emotions. It supplies not only occasions for interpretation but also opportunities for feeling. Reading may excite us, make us weep, make us angry and anxious, or soothe us. An important realization garnered from discussions and debates about reading concerns the fact that reading is historically variable and physically as well as emotionally conditioned.

While these familiar questions are still being examined, a host of new issues has emerged, thanks to changing reading habits and environments. New technologies have created new platforms on which to read: we have desktops, laptops, e-readers (Kindle), tablets (iPad), and handheld devices (phones, iPod Touch). These devices raise questions about their effects. Is reading on an electronic platform different from reading a hard copy? Does it require a new reading strategy? One solution has been to distinguish between “deep” and “quick” reading, strategies that consider the specific goals of reading. Others have promoted an expanded notion of reading, one that takes as its starting point the fact that literature, films, television programs, and songs can all be downloaded from the same sites and played on the same device. Reading becomes a new kind of activity when it is combined with intermediality – with viewing and listening. Still others have called for an examination of what they call amateur reading; that is, reading for the love of literature, yet not for purposes of academic study. Harold Bloom reminds us that the fundamental goal of reading is the development of the self. In his view, reading is the most healing of pleasures because the mind is expanded, not anesthetized. For her part, Rita Felski observes that literary theory offers tools for exploring everyday readers’ experience, yet it has difficulties recognizing that literature may be valued for different, even incommensurable reasons.reasons.

The Hermes 2014 seminar at the University of Helsinki invites participants to reflect on the various facets and strategies of reading in the context of the cultural and technological transformations of our time. We welcome examinations of reading from a wide variety of approaches. Issues to be discussed might include, but are not restricted to:

*Textually-embedded reader roles

* Reading and affect

* Histories and representations of reading

* The materiality of texts and reading

* Embodied reading, the physicality of reading

* Academic and amateur reading strategies

* Empirical reading research
* New technologies, reading platforms and environments of reading and their effects

Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship program Summer 2014 applications

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship program is now accepting applications from graduate students for Summer 2014 awards.
Two different types of awards are given annually:

- International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students interested in undertaking practitioner internships abroad

- International Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research

The program is open to graduate students of any nationality enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The deadline to submit applications is 24 February 2014.

Complete details on the application requirements are available online at:


There have been some changes to policies and procedures from previous years — of particular note: while applications with a social justice component will receive favorable consideration it is NOT a requirement this year. Applicants should review the information thoroughly before applying.

For a full overview of the fellowship, its mission, and history, see:

Questions about the SKJ Fellowship should be directed to Mark Lilleleht, Program Coordinator @ Global Studies, by email (skj@global.wisc.edu) or phone at 608.265.6070.

Fulbright Info sessions for Undergraduate Students

Erin Crawley, the Fellowships Advisor in the Division of International Studies, will hold several information sessions about the Fulbright US Student grant program during spring semester for undergraduates. If you are an undergraduate interested in pursuing a project abroad after you graduate, this session is for you. If you will be graduating in or December 2014 or May 2015, it is not too early to begin preparing for Fulbright application deadlines in the fall (early September). If you are a freshman or sophomore and would like to learn more about this program, you are welcome to attend. To be eligible for the Fulbright US Student program, you must be a US citizen. We will discuss the different types of grant categories, the application process, and how to start planning for your project.
There are two identical information sessions open to all undergraduates who are US citizens:

Wednesday, February 5
336 Ingraham Hall


Thursday, February 27
3:30-4:30 PM
336 Ingraham Hall

There is one information session that will focus specifically on the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program; this is open to all students who are US citizens:

Tuesday, March 4
336 Ingraham Hall

If you cannot make a session, but would like to learn more, please contact Erin Crawley to set up an appointment (skype appointments for those abroad are also encouraged).

Fulbright Info Sessions for Graduate students

Dr. Erin Crawley will hold several information sessions for GRADUATE STUDENTS who are interested in doing graduate research abroad. The first 2 (identical) sessions will introduce two Fulbright programs: the Fulbright US Student Program (MA or PhD research) and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program. We will discuss the types of projects abroad that can be funded and the application processes for both competitions. To be eligible for the Fulbright US Student program you must be a US citizen. Applicants to the Fulbright-Hays DDRA you must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Fulbright general information sessions:

Thursday, January 30
336 Ingraham Hall


Tuesday, Feb. 11
336 Ingraham Hall

There are two sessions for students who are planning on applying to the Fulbright-Hays DDRA competition (no deadline has been set; it is likely to be posted in the spring): one session will discuss how to use the Fulbright-Hays DDRA technical review to put together a competitive application. The other is for those interested in participating in a peer review writing group to discuss DDRA application proposals.

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Technical Review
Monday, February 17
336 Ingraham Hall

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Peer Review Writing session
Tuesday, February 25
206 Ingraham Hall

If you are interested in finding out more about these Fulbright programs, but can not attend a session, please contact Erin Crawley to set up an appointment.

Christina Flach, Bonn University visit

Graduate students, if you are interested in learning more about the UW-Madison/University of Bonn graduate fellowship competition, please to come to an information session with
Christina Flach, the Exchange Programs coordinator at the University of Bonn.
Christina will talk about the research possibilities at the University of Bonn and related research institutes in the area and Erin Crawley will be on hand to answer questions about the campus competition. Pizza will be provided. The session will be held on:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
336 Ingraham Hall

The campus deadline cannot be set until after Christina Flach’s visit. However, you can go here to find out information about the program in general and get an idea of what the competition entailed:

If you are interested in attending, please send Erin Crawley an email, fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu. Registration is not required, but it is helpful.

Fulbright mtvU Award competition

Fulbright mtvU Awards are available to all countries where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to graduating seniors and recent graduates who meet all host country requirements, including those related to language, affiliation and program start dates. Please refer to the Participating Country Summaries for details. In addition to the Fulbright application, an mtvU Documentation and Outreach Plan is required.

The competition deadline is February 28, 2014 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Visit the Fulbright website for more information about the application, http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-mtvu-awards
Note: If you applied to the Fulbright US Student program grant competition in fall 2013, you are NOT eligible to apply for this award.

There will be a webinar on 1/28/2014, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time: Application Overview and Meet a Fellow. To register for the webinar, go to

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes 2014 Programs

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2014 UK Summer Institutes. These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme. Participants will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

There are nine Summer Programmes available for US students in 2014. The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the University, accommodation and social programme, subsistence e.g. food and drink.

Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to:
• Experience an exciting academic programme at a top ranked UK University.
• Explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK.
• Develop their learning skill, improving presentation, research and communication skills.
• Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom, and for the prestigious internationally renowned UK universities.
• Develop their knowledge in the academic programme of their choice, be taught by world leaders in their field and receive credit they can transfer to their US University.

The application deadline is February 27 or March 6, 2014. Please see specific website page for particular programme deadline.

If you would like more information, please visit the website below or contact:

There is no UW-Madison campus component to this competition.

Valerie Schreiner, Programme Coordinator—Summer Institutes
The US-UK Fulbright Commission

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