June 2, 1999
Release No. 033-99

CONTACT: Lois Herrmann
PHONE: (202) 691-4365

United States Information Agency - News Release


Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Information Agency (USIA) has selected the Institute of International Education (IIE)/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to receive a $4.5 million cooperative agreement for one year beginning October 1, 1999, to assist in the administration of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program. Under the terms of the new cooperative agreement, recruitment, selection, and placement services will be provided for approximately 750 American scholars and professionals to lecture and conduct research abroad. Similar services will be extended to 800 visiting foreign scholars for like activities in the United States.

The selection of IIE/CIES was the outcome of the first competition for the cooperative agreement in the 52-year history of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program. Dr. William B. Bader, Associate Director of USIA's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in announcing the Agency's decision stated: "I am confident that the award to IIE/CIES will provide an excellent base upon which to build a reinvigorated, forward-looking Fulbright Program."

The Fulbright Educational Exchange Program was created by the U.S. Congress at the end of World War II to exchange U.S. and foreign students and scholars, providing them with the opportunity to experience firsthand the political, economic, and cultural institutions and societies in each other's countries. The Fulbright Program has evolved into the premier educational exchange program sponsored by the people of the United States through their federal government, and thus an important element in the conduct of U.S. foreign affairs. Active today in approximately 140 countries, the Fulbright Program involves 5,000 scholars, professionals, students, and teachers annually and has helped to form and inform tens of thousands of the world's leaders in every academic and professional field.

Responsibility for the management of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program is shared among USIA and IIE/CIES in the United States, and 90 U.S. Information Service (USIS) posts and 51 bilateral Fulbright Commissions overseas. Overall policy guidelines for the Program are determined by the Presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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The United States Information Agency, headed by Acting Director Penn Kemble, is an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch that explains and supports U.S. foreign policy and national security interests abroad through a wide range of information programs. The Agency promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through a series of educational and cultural exchange activities.

USIA's programs include the Voice of America, Radio and TV Martí, the WORLDNET satellite television system, the daily Washington File newswire, the Fulbright scholarship program, the International Visitor Program, the Speakers and Specialists Program, three Foreign Press Centers in the United States, and a network of overseas resource and cultural centers. The Agency has 190 posts in 141 countries.

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