We recently launched the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, the newest element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. This innovative exchange opportunity is at the vanguard of international public diplomacy, as it leverages the excellence of the Fulbright Program to achieve global development objectives while simultaneously advancing the public policy research agenda and fostering mutual understanding and lasting ties between the United States and partner countries.
The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will allow fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while carrying out academic research or a study project. With this new fellowship, we further align the Fulbright Program with the foreign policy imperative set forth by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to elevate development as a central pillar, alongside diplomacy and defense, in all that we do.
In this inaugural year of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, we are pleased to announce opportunities for professional placements within the governments of Tunisia, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand, Haiti, Jamaica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. The Fellowship will provide one-year placements within cabinet ministries or senior offices of host-country governments. In these positions, Fulbright Fellows will work side-by-side with government leaders to tackle the toughest public policy issues such as public health, education, energy, finance, agriculture, or rule of law. In tandem with this placement, fellows will pursue an academic project related to their professional assignment.
Beyond learning new skills and helping to build public sector capacity, Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships will help to achieve the ultimate goal of the Fulbright Program -- to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will join a network of more than 310,000 Fulbright alumni from the United States and over 150 countries around the world who have conducted research, exchanged ideas and contributed to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
For complete application and eligibility information, please visit: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-public-policy-fellowships.html.
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Meghann Curtis serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Exchange Programs.