The first group of Fulbright grantees to come to the United States from Iraq in 14 years has arrived in the United States. Their visit to Washington (February 2-5, 2004) includes welcomes from both President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell.
This group of Iraqi Fulbright grantees, including 23 students and 2 scholars, will study in Masters programs or conduct research on U.S. campuses. The Fulbright grants are being awarded in the following areas: Public Health, Public Administration, Business, Journalism, Law, and English teaching, among others. The Fulbrighters were selected from an applicant pool of nearly 400 candidates who met Fulbright standards. Two independent, bi-national committees in Iraq reviewed the applications and nominated the finalists who were selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
For background information on the Iraqi Fulbrighters, and official statements, visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
To see news coverage on the Iraqi Fulbrighters, click the links below:
U.S. hope ‘Fulbrights’ will help reconstruction Bush to meet Iraqi scholars amid first exchange in 14 years MSNBC.com article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4145383/
Iraqi Fulbright scholars arrive in U.S.
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