In 1946 Arkansas' then-Senator William Fulbright introduced legislation to increase understanding between Americans and persons of other countries through a variety of educational exchanges. Over the nearly seventy years since then, 370,000+ people have participated in the Fulbright program, receiving competitive scholarships to teach, research and study in countries around the globe. Today there are 160 countries in which the program
Two Wichita women, both adjunct instructors at Friends University, will teach as Fulbright Scholars at universities outside the U.S. this academic year. Lakshmi Kambampati will teach in north central India and Dr.
Gretchen Eick in Mostar, in southwestern Bosnia.
Both women are familiar with the countries they will call home for most of the next year. Kambampati was born in India and Eick's husband, Michael Poage, has traveled to Bosnia six times since the civil war there ended in 1995 (Eick accompanied him in 2010). Preparing to be out of the country for almost a year is stressful, with all sorts of details to arrange in advance, as both acknowledge, but they are eager to begin their adventure abroad.
The Fulbright program operates out of the U.S. Department of State. Recent college graduates can apply to participate as Teaching Assistants of English, senior scholars can apply for short term assignments, and scholars from other countries can apply teach and/or do research as Fulbright Scholars. There are also Fulbright Scholars from countries around the globe who come to U.S. universities. For information about the programs for
2018-19, application deadlines and online applications for each Fulbright program, go to www.cies.org.
Those receiving Fulbright fellowships have included 57 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 70 MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients and 37 current or former heads of