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Australia's Literary Fulbright Award Winners
A Community of Distinguished Writers
(Status : Public)
Coordinated by Travis Franks
  • The Fulbright Journey

    'Often I’ve been asked how the Fulbright Program stands out from other international exchange programs. There are many reasons, but the most significant difference in my opinion is the Fulbright Journey.

    'Fulbright scholars embark upon a journey across a lifetime of profound, career-transforming connections and experiences. We don’t just sponsor, we foster, encouraging lifelong learning and cooperation. In a sense, the scholars' journeys truly begin once the scholarship ends, and the seeds of collaboration begin to bear fruit.'

    -Thomas Dougherty, Executive Director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission

  • Australian-American Fulbright Commission

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    'The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas.

    'Born in the aftermath of WWII, the program was established by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 with the ethos of turning ‘swords into ploughshares’, whereby credits from the sale of surplus U.S. war materials were used to fund academic exchanges between host countries and the U.S.

    'Since its establishment, the Fulbright Program has grown to become the largest educational exchange program in the world, operating in over 160 countries. In its seventy-year history, more than 370,000 students, academics, and professionals have received Fulbright Scholarships to study, teach, or conduct research, and promote bilateral collaboration and cultural empathy.

    'Since its inception in Australia in 1949, the Fulbright Commission has awarded over 5,000 scholarships, creating a vibrant, dynamic, and interconnected network of Alumni.'

    [sourced from the commission's website with permission]

  • Fulbright's Literary Legacies

    Across the world, Fulbright alumni have achieved extraordinary honours, including positions as heads of governments, Nobel and Pulitzer prizes and MacArthur Fellowships.

    In the US, such literary luminaries as John Steinbeck, Rita Dove, Sylvia Plath, N. Scott Momaday, Edward Albee and John Updike have all previously been awarded Fulbright honours. As this exhibition demonstrates, Australia has it's own emerging literary community of Fulbright alums, including one of the country's most well-known poets, Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee, who became an Australian citizen in 2006.     

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