Host Dinner for Fulbright Scholars

January 5, 2012 in Events

Host a Fulbright ScholarWHEN: Friday, March 2, 2012
WHERE: Your home or favorite restaurant
WHO: Baltimore-area Rotarians & Fulbright scholars from around the globe
CONTACT: Laura Giles | | tel. 212-984-5450

Dear Rotarians,

Each year, first-year foreign Fulbright students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment seminars located in different cities across the United States. Each seminar is organized by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The 2012 Baltimore Fulbright Enrichment Seminar will focus on city revitalization issues and the different ways that urban change affects elections and voter priorities. The seminar will take place from March 1-4 and will be attended by approximately 140 Fulbright Foreign Students, studying at universities across the U.S. The students represent over seventy different countries and are pursuing graduate degrees in diverse fields of study.

A hosted evening has been scheduled for Friday, March 2. This evening will give the students an opportunity to meet Baltimore area residents. We invite you to partake in this event by hosting a small group of Fulbright students for dinner in your home or at a restaurant. If you would like to host students, please contact Laura Giles at ASAP. Ideally, we would like you to host 2 to 4 students, but understand that circumstances may dictate a group of a different size.

The Fulbrighters will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor located at 300 Light Street. There are two options for meeting your students for the hosted evening. Ideally, we would like for you to arrive at the Hyatt at 6:00pm or later to meet your guests and accompany them to your destination. If you prefer, you may provide directions via public transportation or taxi for the students to meet you at the designated location.

We hope that you are able to take advantage of this opportunity to meet an interesting group of international students. If you would like to host Fulbrighters from a specific country or discipline, please indicate your preference on the enclosed forms and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We thank you in advance for your participation in this important program. In past years, the Fulbrighters have consistently ranked the hosted evening as one of their favorite and most important experiences in the United States.

Click here to download the Host Response Form.


Laura Giles
Program Officer, Enrichment Programs
Institute of International Education

Background on the Fulbright Program

The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries…” With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study and teach in each other’s countries, exchange ideas, and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since its inception more than fifty years ago 255,000 “Fulbrighters,” 96,400 from the United States and 158,600 from other countries, have participated in the Program. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 4,500 new grants annually. Fulbright Alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court Justices, and CEOs.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the
United States Department of State under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Currently, the Program operates in 140 countries, including 51 countries with bi-national Fulbright Commissions and Foundations. A number of private, cooperating organizations also assist with the administration of the Program.

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