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U.S. Department of State and mtvU Announce Expert Panel for Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship


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Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 24, 2014

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The U.S. Department of State and mtvU today announced the “Blue Ribbon Panel” of musical artists who will help select U.S. candidates for the 2014-2015 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships.

The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship promotes the power of music to foster cross-cultural communication, overcome cultural barriers between nations, and identify the ideas that unite our diverse societies. Fellows are empowered to explore music as a common language that transcends borders and cultures through projects of their own design.

Candidates who demonstrate the dynamism and flexibility necessary for active involvement in the host culture, who have a record of academic and professional excellence, and whose projects focus on aspects of music and social activism, music in learning, music as a form of community expression, or musical performance will be chosen through a multi-tiered process. U.S. and foreign academic leaders and area experts will review for academic content. Fulbright Commissions or U.S. Embassies overseas will also assess the applications for their potential impact. The Blue Ribbon Panel will then nominate top candidates and forward them to the Presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for final selection.

The Blue Ribbon Panel announced today includes:

Canadian Indie rock duo Tegan and Sara
Scottish synthpop band Chvrches
Dutch DJ Hardwell

The Fulbright Program awards up to four Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship grants annually for Fellows to conduct one academic year of research on projects of their own design around an aspect of international musical culture. They share their experiences via video reports, blogs and podcasts at Fulbright.mtvU.com. The competition is now open for the 2014-15 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships. Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2014. For more information on how to apply visit: http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org or http://www.fulbright.mtvU.com.

About mtvU:
Broadcast to nearly 750 college campuses as well as via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches more than eight million U.S. college students – making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit http://www.mtvU.com

About Fulbright:
The U.S. government’s Fulbright Program, an international educational exchange program, is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Press Contacts:
Jake Urbanski, mtvU, 212.846.6888, jake.urbanski@mtvstaff.com
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 202.632.6454, ECA-PRESS@state.gov



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