News & Events

Announcements for January 2013

Welcome Back

I hope you all had a restful break.  Onward to spring semester!!

Engineering in Burma through Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program is currently looking for a Professor with U.S. citizenship to undertake a short-term (approximately 6-week) grant to assist a Burmese university in restarting its undergraduate engineering program.  Project Description: Engineering Education (Jan – mid March 2013 start date): The Yangon Technological University is one of two science and technology-focused universities in Burma, with the second in Mandalay. YTU is under the Ministry of Science and Technology (rather than the Ministry of Education). Its senior leadership is eager to interact with American experts. In December, YTU will restart its BA level engineering program after a hiatus of over 10 years.  Interested candidates should first apply for the Fulbright Specialist Program through CIES at For question on the Fulbright Specialist program, please contact CIES: or (202) 686-6235 – I can also provide some guidance, and the contact information of NIU faculty who have participated in the Fulbright Specialist Program. 

Fellowship for Bachelor’s degree holders – deadline 02/25/2013

Your graduating seniors may be interested in the following fellowship program: the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship is a full-time position lasting for two years and will begin in summer 2013. The Fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded through PRB’s IDEA Project (Informing Decisionmakers to Act), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID. Requirements include B.A. or B.S., computer skills, strong communication skills; stipend is $35,000 - $40,000/year plus benefits.  May involve foreign travel. 
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Cobb Fellowships Suspended for 2013

The Lillian (“Pauline”) Cobb Faculty Travel Fellowship Program has been suspended for Academic Year 2012/2013, because the available funding is too small to warrant conducting a competition. We hope to be able to reopen the program during Academic Year 2013/2014. Many thanks to those faculty who have been named as Cobb Fellows in the past! Their contributions to international research, artistry, teaching and engagement have strengthened Global NIU significantly.

Did you have a Student Fulbright Fellowship?

If you held a Student Fulbright Fellowship during your graduate student days, we would love to hear about it!  We know there are Student Fulbright alumni among our outstanding faculty, and we would like to recognize you as we recognize colleagues who have held faculty Fulbright appointments.  Please send an email to Sarah Lindell at or call her at 815-753-9526.  Many thanks!

Culturally competent teaching and learning

We’ve posted an article on this interesting topic on our webpage:  Please scroll down to the link for “Fascinating Article in Faculty Focus”.

Thanks for everything you do for Global NIU!  Wishing you all the best for a great spring semester,