Transcarpathians have good chances to study and do research in US universities as Fulbright Scholarship winners
Scholars and representatives of one of the most respected academic programs for students and scholars - the Fulbright Program - visited Transcarpathia. Twelve American Fulbrighters presented their research projects to students and lecturers of UzhNU and reported on the results achieved in close cooperation with Ukrainian researchers during their visit to Ukraine. Program managers also presented opportunities for Transcarpathian youth and researchers.
Marta Kolomayets, director of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine, said that the program existed since 1946 and was funded by the US government. "We have been working in Ukraine since 1992 and during this period more than 700 American students and scholars have participated in the Fulbright Program in Ukraine as university lecturers, researchers, and consultants. During the same period, more than 1,000 Ukrainian scholars, students, and professionals have traveled to the United States for research or study in U.S. institutions of higher education,- said Ms. Marta. - Every year we have about 25 Americans who come to work in Ukraine. We try to carry out activities at various universities. Last year we visited Chernivtsi and Lviv. This year we have come to Uzhhorod with the American program participants. Our goal is to show Fulbrighters different regions of Ukraine. This time students of UzhNU from the faculty of foreign languages, economics and international relations had a chance to communicate with the Americans. We shouldn’t stay in a closed world, we should open it for everyone."
According to Marta Kolomayets, about 15 Transcarpathians visited the US as participants of the Fulbright Program in different areas. "Unfortunately, Transcarpathians are not very active. They prefer to submit applications to Europe rather than America thinking that it is closer. Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv and Lviv oblasts are more active. In the academic year 2014/15 Associate Professor of the Department of Finance and Banking of Uzhhorod National University Volodymyr Dankiv became a participant of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (SIR). Volodymyr Dankiv directs his efforts to the expansion of international perspectives of Umpqua Community College/UCC (Roseburg, OR), and also teaches business courses to college students, holds seminars and trainings on different topics for college teachers. His colleague from UzhNU Andriy Bryla will go to the USA to teach computer science next year."
Natalia Zalutska, Scholar Program Officer gave more detailed information about the Fulbright Programs. "We have three core programs. The first one is for scholars and researchers. The deadline is October 15th. It is designed for those, who have received a post-graduate academic degree ("Candidate of science" or "Doctor of science"), post-graduate students and researchers who have equivalent experience but have no degree, journalists, artists, librarians, etc. The second program invites young scholars and researchers who were awarded their “Candidate of Science” degree no sooner than 5 years ago. This is the only program that has age limit which is 40 years. And the most popular one is a Fulbright Graduate Student Exchange Program. It proposes achievement of Master's degree and lasts from 1 to 2 years, for law students - 1 year. May 16th is the deadline for submission of applications for this program, "- said Natalia Zalutska. She says that the program creates excellent conditions for scholars. First of all, it allows them to complete their research, see the latest achievements, get access to libraries and software. Participants have great opportunity to establish contacts with American professors and through the program with scholars from 155 countries of the world. "After graduation their cooperation does not stop, they can apply for other programs, invite foreign colleagues to their institutions, travel to America and understand Americans better, - adds Natalia Zalutska. – To be able to go to the USA one should win the contest. Students have to submit two essays, describe the subject and submit a short CV. They should motivate the desire to carry out their scientific research. They may also want to get a letter of invitation from an American Research Center or University that gladly invite Fulbrighters from Ukraine. The program provides full financial support, gives scholarship and pays for tickets."
In spring the Fulbright Program in Ukraine will hold a number of webinars, where students and postgraduates will be given detailed information on how to apply. In autumn the webinars dedicated to writing good contest projects for scholars will take place.
More details can be found on the website of the Program http://www.fulbright.org.ua
Ukrainian higher educational institutions can also invite American scholars to lecture in Ukraine.