Fulbright Commission Hungary Signs Four New Cooperation Agreements
During a Gala Dinner at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences held on September 17, 2013 and co-hosted by the Embassy of the United States of America, the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission celebrated its 100th Board Meeting since 1992 by signing new cooperative agreements with three Hungarian and one American educational and research institution.
Starting in academic year 2015-16, the Fulbright Commission will jointly fund opportunities for American scholars at Central European University, the Aquincum Institute of Technology, and the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. In addition, Fulbright and Quinnipiac University (CT) will share in the cost of sending one Hungarian student to Quinnipiac’s business school to earn an MBA degree.
Fulbright Hungary’s Executive Director Dr. Károly Jókay co-designed these programs with these new partners over the course of early 2013. These new jointly funded awards to will appear in our call for applications in February, 2014, are as follows:
Fulbright Business Studies Grant at Quinnipiac University
This grant will provide a Hungarian student free tuition, a significant stipend, discounted university-owned housing, travel and insurance during an 18 month MBA program that includes an internship requirement. The student will join several other Hungarian counterparts who will be supported by QU’s other funds. Professor Christopher Ball, Director of the Central European Institute, Istvan Szechenyi Chair in International Economics, signed on behalf of QU.
Fulbright-Central European University Teaching and Research Grant
CEU offered to host one junior or senior lecturer from the US per semester in any of its academic departments. CEU will provide a high-standard apartment at the Raoul Wallenberg House located on the slopes of Castle Hill in Buda. The grant also offers a generous stipend, travel, insurance, and visa support benefits. In addition to the lecturers, the CEU Institute of Advanced Studies will host one junior or senior research fellow per semester. The call for applications will be designed to meet CEU’s and CEU IAS’s academic needs, and evaluation will be done in full accordance with Fulbright regulations. Provost and Academic Pro-Rector, Professor Katalin Farkas, will be the point of contact for CEU.
Fulbright-Aquincum Institute of Technology Teaching Grant in Information Technology
Founded by architectural software entrepreneur Gábor Bojár, AIT offers intensive, interdisciplinary “Budapest” semesters for US faculty and students from elite universities. Students from computer science and related hard sciences fields combined with entrepreneurship interact with their Hungarian counterparts in a campus located in a business park surrounded by Roman ruins. This grant is for a part-time lecturer from the US in the area of data mining and other aspects of cutting-edge information technology that will be defined in the call for applications by Mr. Bojár and his head of academic affairs, Professor András Recski. This Fulbright lecture grant will be shared with another Hungarian academic institution, so the scholar will have an opportunity to do research at another institution as well.
Fulbright Foreign and Regional Policy Research Grant at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs
The Fulbright Commission, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs agreed to co-sponsor researchers (any rank) to spend up to one academic year (9 months-subject to funding) at HIIA to study foreign policy issues related Hungary’s security, Balkan affairs, Central European affairs or Baltic politics. The researcher will have access to an office at HIIA, a studio apartment if unaccompanied, as well as monthly visits of up to 4 days each to Balkan, Visegrad4, Baltic or CIS states to do lecture series hosted by Hungarian Embassies and perhaps other Fulbright Commissions. The grant announcement will be done in coordination with HIIA based on their strategic needs, but in full accordance with the usual Fulbright procedures for selection, processing and feedback. State Secretary Iván Bába from MFA and András Király, Executive Director of HIIA, represent the host institution.