SAINT AUGUSTINE – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announce that Lisa Fiala of Flagler College has received a Fulbright International Educators Administrator (IEA) award to travel to France this October. While in France, Fiala will meet with representatives of higher education institutions and international organizations in Bordeaux and Paris including Université de Bordeaux, Université de Paris, OECD and the Sorbonne, where she will learn more about higher education in France and discuss potential collaborations for Flagler College.
Fiala was one of 12 professionals across the United States selected for the award to France this year. She is the third Flagler College faculty or staff member to receive this award.
Fiala is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.
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