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May 24, 2007

Fulbright grants now available for foreign travel

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Applications are being accepted through Sept. 28 for the U.S. Student Fulbright Program for the 2008-09 academic year.

The Fulbright program is the largest sponsor of U.S. international exchange. Each year it supports more than 1,200 American citizens in all fields of study for a year of study, research, teaching experience or professional training in the arts in more than 140 different countries. The program is for recent bachelor's degree recipients, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals and artists.

Purdue's Fulbright adviser Brian Harley, assistant dean of international programs and director of Programs for Study Abroad, said that in addition to the academic and career benefits it provides, the program gives students opportunities for personal development, international experience and it lets them design their own programs.

Students benefit from being able to meet, work and live with people of the host country, promoting cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding, Harley said.

The Fulbright Commission also provides a number of other opportunities, such as business grants, Islamic Civilization Initiative Awards, Language Training Initiative grants and English teaching assistantships.

For information on the U.S. Student Fulbright program, call Harley at (765) 494-2383 or visit the Fulbright Web site at

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Sources: Brian Harley, (765) 494-2383,

Christopher Klein, publications and marketing coordinator for the Programs for Study Abroad, (765) 494-9866,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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