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International Writing Program Fellowship - Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown invites proposals from writers who are citizens of and who live in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines who would like to apply to participate in the ten-week International Writer’s Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa’s prestigious international residency program.

Program dates: The IWP is tentatively scheduled in Iowa City from August 23, 2014 to November 11, 2014.

Deadline and Writing Sample: Interested writers should send a curriculum vitae and a 10 to 15 page writing sample to bridgetownexchanges@state.gov by March 27 2014. No applications will be accepted after this deadline. 

Who should apply: The IWP program is designed for established and emerging creative writers in any genre including fiction, poetry, dramatists, screen writers are eligible for nomination. Literary translators and writers of creative non-fiction, e.g. feature journalism, cultural commentary, biography, etc. are also eligible to apply. Applicants must have published at least one book, or their works have appeared in significant publications over the past two years.  Please note that in order for writers to benefit fully from this residency, they will need to have the flexibility in their schedules to spend 10 weeks in the United States. 

All applicants must be fluent in English (spoken and written), comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics, and interested in close interaction with other artists from a multiplicity of diverse cultures. 

Program Description: IWP provides a unique inter-cultural experience for established writers who have achieved literary distinction in their own countries, as well as for rising stars who have demonstrated literary talent, broad appeal and/or an interest in contributing to the creative writing culture in their home countries. 

The IWP brings together a wide range of international and U.S. writers to examine current trends in literature including fiction, drama, poetry, and screenwriting to explore the creative process involved in writing in a unique U.S. environment. The international writers will spend 10 weeks in residence at the University of Iowa in Iowa City presenting their work to local audiences, working with translators, and participating in university level classes and workshops.  This aspect of the program will help these participants bring their countries' literary works to a wider audience and learn more about U.S. literature. The 2011 program will feature increased opportunities for writers to participate in optional collaborative projects with artists from other disciplines including theater and dance.  The residency will also include field trips to attend literary events.  Further details about the program are available on the IWP website http://iwp.uiowa.edu/.

Funding: Successful applicants will receive funding that will cover the costs of the writer participating in cultural exchange activities in the fields of writing, translation, and collaboration with artists from other artistic disciplines. 

Housing and Family: Due to housing limitations at the University of Iowa, and the intense nature of this residency, family members are not permitted to accompany the writer(s) for the duration of the residency.

Further information: email bridgetownexchanges@state.gov

Educational Exchanges

 

Fulbright and Hubert Humphrey Scholarships

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

 

Scholarships for citizens of the Eastern Caribbean

Applicants for the following four scholarships must be citizens of and live in one of the countries to which the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is accredited: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Fulbright Faculty Development Scholarship – deadline is May 31, 2014

The Fulbright Faculty Development program offers opportunities for community college and university faculty from abroad to engage in graduate study at U.S. universities. Applicants must be nominated by their Eastern Caribbean college or university. Apply online.

Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship – deadline is July 1, 2014

The Fulbright Foreign Student program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.  Apply online.

Hubert Humphrey Scholarship – deadline is July 1, 2014

The Hubert Humphrey program brings outstanding mid-career professionals from the developing world and societies in transition to the United States for one year.  Fellows participate in a non-degree program of academic study and gain professional study professional experience.  Apply  online.

Fulbright NEXUS Scholarship - deadline is March 1, 2014

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) program is a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations participating in a program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, a series of three seminar meetings, and a two to three-month research exchange visit to the United States.  Apply online.

Standardized Testing

Most Fulbright applicants will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  For further information on the GRE go the GRE website.

Those applicants who are applying for a Fulbright scholarship in order to be admitted to an MBA program will need to write the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).  For further information please visit the GRE website.

Accreditation

Your desired graduate institution of choice must be accredited.  Please review the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Foreign Residency Requirement

When you participate in a Fulbright program, you will be subject to the two-year, home-country foreign residency requirement.  You must return to your home country for a cumulative total of two years at the end of your Fulbright program.  You are not prohibited from travelling to the United States but may not benefit from certain employment-based or family based visas until the foreign residency requirement is satisfied.

For further information please email us at: BridgetownExchanges@state.gov  of call staff assistant Juanita Lynch at 1-246-227-4102.

Scholarships for Citizens of the United States

The following two programs are available to the citizens of the United States who are interested in pursuing academic work in the Eastern Caribbean

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program – offered annually

The Fulbright U.S Scholar program offers opportunities for American scholars, artists and professionals to conduct research, lecture, and/or consult with other scholars and institutions abroad.  The program sends approximately 80 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.  Visit the website of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars for complete application and eligibility details.  Interested faculty members may also wish to contact their institution’s campus representative.

Eastern Caribbean colleges and universities who wish to host a scholar should contact us at BridgetownExchanges@state.gov

Fulbright American Specialists – rolling deadline

The Fulbright Specialists program sends U.S. faculty and professionals abroad to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for periods of 2 to 6 weeks.  Look here for further information and application forms.  Eastern Caribbean institutions interested in requesting an American specialists should send an email to BridgetownExchanges@state.gov in order to request a username and password which permits access to the Fulbright Specialist’s database.

 

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Several opportunities exist to facilitate educational exchanges with the United States. The Fulbright Program and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program are government funded exchange organizations that promote positive international relationships through mutual understanding. Private organizations also offer scholarships to non-US citizen students. These scholarships are often categorized by applicant demographics or subject matter.
Government Funded

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's premier academic international exchange program and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research; allowing U.S. citizens to go abroad and non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey program brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. The program strengthens international relations through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows' home countries.

Privately Funded

Private organizations offer scholarship opportunities to non-US citizens for study in the United States. Private scholarships often target specific demographics or students interested in specific areas of study. The following are examples of available scholarships.

International Federation of University Women

American Association of University Women

Children of Deaf Adults

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Key Club Members

Rotary International and Rotary Group Study

Current University of the West Indies Students 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers International

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

APICS Association for Operations Management

Jane Coffins Child's Memorial Fund

Culinary Trust

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship

International Furnishings & Design Association

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Study Program in Development-Related Studies

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