Monthly Archives: May 2013

11 UW–Madison students receive 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards

Eleven University of Wisconsin–Madison students have received 2013-14 fellowships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the country’s flagship program for international exchange.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides recipients with funding for a full academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad. This program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

UW–Madison has been among the leading U.S. research institutions producing Fulbright fellows and scholars.

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Fulbright Profile: Studying Buddhism through architecture

Just three weeks after Anthony Irwin arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, the Thai Army staged a coup to overthrow the elected government under Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Irwin recalls seeing soldiers and tanks beginning to crowd the streets.

He had just graduated from State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz and decided to take time off. He had come to Bangkok, where his brother had recently moved, with the intention of living there for a year.

Soon after landing in Bangkok, Irwin traveled to Chiang Rai, a town in northern Thailand.

“I was just planning on going on vacation; I had bought a round-trip plane ticket,” he says. “But I really didn’t like Bangkok, and not just because of the coup, that wasn’t the only reason why. I ended up staying in Chiang Rai and finding a job there.”

In Chiang Rai, Irwin began to recognize Buddhism as more than a religion—but as a way of life.

After a year of living in Thailand, Irwin returned to the United States to pursue his master’s degree in southeast Asian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In August, he will return to Chiang Rai on a Fulbright scholarship to work on his PhD dissertation.

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Seven UW-Madison students awarded Boren Scholarships, Fellowships

Four University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduates are receiving David L. Boren Scholarships to fund their study abroad during the 2013-14 academic year. Also, three UW–Madison graduate students are receiving 2013-14 Boren Fellowships to support their dissertation research and language study overseas.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a federal initiative designed to broaden the pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.

Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work for at least one year in a federal government position with national security responsibilities.

“The National Security Education Program represents an essential component of a comprehensive national security strategy to address serious and long-time deficiencies in critical language expertise,” says NSEP Director Michael A. Nugent.

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2013 Fulbright-Hays DDRA competition open

The 2013 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) competition has been posted in the Federal Register. The CAMPUS DEADLINE for submission of a complete application is 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, May 24, 2013. Applications must be submitted using the G5 application system, The national deadline listed is Monday, June 3, but this is the institutional deadline, not the deadline for student applicants. Student applicants must submit an application, including letters of recommendation and language references, by the CAMPUS DEADLINE. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The campus information and instructions will be updated as soon as possible and available on the site–links are currently to the information for the 2012 competition. The information is still good, the dates are not current. For any questions or advice needed about the competition, please contact Erin Crawley

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