fulbright-hays cancelled

The government has eliminated the Fulbright-hays award for next year. This provides money for grad students to study abroad. Almost $6million was expected. Now it’s $0, because of congressional cuts. Sad. Announcement here.

6 thoughts on “fulbright-hays cancelled”

  1. Very sad indeed. And most of the Title VI money for area studies centers is also gone (they had already made their individual FLAS awards so those remain, but the 40% cut in the total for Title VI centers means 100% of non-FLAS money (which is about staff, events, everything that brings non-US scholars to campus). So we are looking at academic isolationism in an age of globalization. Ironic?

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  2. that is unbelievably brutal. my entire grad school existence revolved around FLAS and fulbright-hays monies. yet another reason to not be in grad school now. yikes.

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  3. This is devastating. If I hadn’t gotten a Fulbright-Hays to do fieldwork overseas, I probably would not have stayed in academia. I heard about these threatened cuts a few weeks ago and tried to spread the word among sociologists, but few seemed interested. The retrenchment of interest in other societies, at a time when the U.S. is undergoing a shift from an imperial power to something else, is quite striking to me.

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  4. I think it’s even worse than stalling the careers of new scholars. It’s about paying attention to the rest of the world, or rather, not paying attention. A more sensible way to combat terror would be to invest in developing critical language skills. And the money saved is really trivial in comparison to buying weapons or maintaining tax cuts.

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  5. I agree with all the comments. I also think that this is the direction of federal funding for work — less and less of it. And I worry about two things: (1) the kinds of questions we’ll be able to ask and answer, given the lack of support for work that requires we leave our offices to do it; and (2) the kinds of people we’ll recruit into academia, given the lack of support for work. Those two are interrelated.

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    1. Well put. I think this will particularly impact state universities that don’t have the large endowments of private ones. If it becomes all about hiring people who can get millions from places like NIH, it will mean lots of great academics doing important research won’t get recruited. Which means important questions which should be pursued will be discouraged, particularly for junior faculty.

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