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Posted January 1, 2012

New Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

November 2, 2011

Today, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the
creation of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, a new component of
the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  The Fulbright Public Policy
Fellowship will allow U.S. citizens to contribute to the strengthening
of the public sector abroad by serving in professional placements
within foreign government ministries or institutions while
simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.  The
fellowship will help advance public policy research agendas, fosters
mutual understanding and builds lasting ties between the U.S. and
partner countries.

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides a distinctive
opportunity for U.S. citizens to work side-by-side with the citizens
of other countries to tackle the toughest public policy problems of
the day.  This new exchange is the vanguard of international public
diplomacy, as it leverages the excellence of the Fulbright program to
achieve global development objectives.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will serve in partner country
governments, which include: Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, the Dominican
Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria,
Thailand, and Tunisia.  The State Department, partner country
governments, and the Institute of International Education will
coordinate professional placements for candidates in public policy
areas including, but not limited to, health, education, agriculture,
justice, energy, environment, public finance, economic development,
housing, and communications. Candidates must be in receipt of a
master’s or J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship (Summer
2012) or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program.  Applicants must
also have at least two years of work experience in public
policy-related fields.  Final selection will be made by the
Presidentially-appointed Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Applications will be accepted from November 4, 2011 through February
1, 2012.  More information, including complete eligibility
requirements, is available at
http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html.  Please visit
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applynow.html to apply.  Fulbright
Public Policy Fellows will begin their assignments in summer/fall

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international
educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the
United States and partner countries around the world.  Since 1946, the
Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants from
over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct
research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared
international concerns.

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