Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Program
The Institute of International Education (IIE), administers the Fulbright Scholar Program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The worldwide success and sterling reputation of the Fulbright Program has been built on the talent, commitment and professionalism of scholars who have served as Fulbrighters at universities and research institutions in more than 160 countries.
Recognizing the passion Fulbright Scholars bring to their work and the tremendous difference they've made in American academia, we have expanded our engagement with the U.S. higher education community by including Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumni in our outreach efforts. Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the Fulbright Scholar Program at the events for which they are selected.
History and Funding
The Fulbright Scholar Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, supports more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to teach and/or conduct research in more than 125 countries around the world. A key priority of for the State Department and the Institute of International Education (IIE), is to increase the diversity of of the scholar who participate in the program and the range of U.S. higher education institutions that are represented overall. To support this goal, IIE launched the Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Program.
The Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Program identifies, trains and utilizes a select group of Fulbright Scholar alumni to serve as representatives for the Fulbright Scholar Program at campus presentations and academic conferences across the United States. Ambassadors are selected from the full spectrum of U.S. academic disciplines, higher education and geographic regions. Ambassadors serve a two-year terms and present information on their Fulbright experience at multiple outreach events each year.
Alumni Ambassadors are nominated from Fulbright Scholar Program alumni who have successfully completed three years of service as regional peer reviewers for the program. Ambassadors discuss their individual Fulbright experience, with a focus on the impact of their grant on their career, home institution, and communities.
Alumni Ambassador activities are supported by IIE’s Fulbright Legacy Fund, sponsored by the IIE Board of Trustees.
Snapshot of Events
How Fulbright Ambassadors are Nominated
The Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambasssador program is only for Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumni. Alumni Ambassadors are nominated from Fulbright Scholar Program alumni who have successfully completed three years of service as regional peer reviewers for the program. Ambassadors discuss their individual Fulbright experience, with a focus on the impact of their grant on their career, home institution, and communities. If you are interested in serving as a peer review committee member, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Where They Are and Where They Have Been
Blog Posts and Scholar Stories
Emeriti have completed their appointments as official representatives of the Fulbright Scholar program.
Meet the Ambassadors
|Werbel, Amy||China||Area Studies||Fashion Institute of Technology|
|Waters, Karen||India||Language and Literature||Marymount University|
|Vulinec, Kevina||Brazil||Environmental Sciences||Delaware State University|
|Tompkins, Perry||Ecuador||Physics||Southwest Baptist University|
|Standerfer, Christina||Albania||Communication||University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service|
|Silva, Adelina||Russia||Education/Administration||Alamo Colleges|
|Sasaki, Charles||Germany, Russia||International Education Administrator Seminar||Windward Community College|
|Sajko, Brian||Taiwan||Theater||Stephens College|
|Polkinghorn, Brian||Israel||Sociology||Salisbury University|
|Phillips, Amelia||Namibia||Information Technology||Highline Community College|
|Michelson, Bruce||Belgium||English||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|McLoughlin, Shirley||Georgia||Education||Keene State College|
|Maddox Toungara, Jeanne||Cote d'Ivoire||History - Fulbright-Hays Research Award||Howard University|
|Louderback, Pamela||United Kingdom||Education||Northeastern State University|
|Litvin, Stephen||Canada||Business Administration||College of Charleston|
|Keresztesi, Rita||Burkina Faso||English||University of Oklahoma|
|Kendall, Diane||South Africa||Speech and Hearing||University of Washington|
|Hale, Daris||Tanzania||Music||Texas State University|
|Hafer, James||Russia||Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences||Chief Dull Knife College|
|Esber, Rosemarie||Saudi Arabia||History||Independent Scholar/Unaffiliated|
|Engelen-Eigles, Deborah||South Korea||Sociology and Gender Studies||Century College|
|Danico, Mary Yu||South Korea||Sociology||California Polytechnic State University-Pomona|
|Cuevas, Danixia||India||Law||Miami Dade College|
|Cilano, Cara||Austria, Belarus||Literature||Michigan State University|
|Caristi, Dom||Greece, Slovenia||Communications||Ball State University|
|Breckenridge, Stan||Poland||Music||California State University-Fullerton|
|Baker, Adria||South Korea||Linguistics||Rice University|
|Allegrante, John||Iceland||Public/Global Health||Columbia University|