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NOVA Named Fulbright Top Producing Institution for 2017-18


The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Professor Amy Coren from NOVA’s Alexandria campus was awarded a Fulbright grant for 2017-2018 to the University of Pecs in Hungary. NOVA was one of 25 community colleges who had Fulbright scholarships awarded this year.  NOVA faculty have consistently been awarded Fulbright scholarships over the past decade.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is supported at NOVA through the Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs.  Interested faculty can reach out to Stacey Bustillos ( who acts as the College’s Fulbright Liaison and can assist with application strategies and country selection.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in over 125 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

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Scholarship for Business, Technology, and Innovation Internships in Russia!

American Councils Study Abroad is pleased to announce a new Scholarship for Business, Technology, and Innovation Internships in Russia!

U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in business, innovation, and STEM fields are now eligible to apply for the Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship for internships in Russia across two programs:

Scholarship Awards
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, program compatibility, and academic merit. Awards range from $3,000 to $5,000. Click here to learn about the Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship.

Internship Program

Students are matched with internship hosts from a network of companies in business consulting, finance, advertising, marketing, social media, technology, e-commerce, fashion, education, and more. Participants will prepare internship goals before departure, earn credit, and complete a capstone project of their choice upon program completion.

U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in business or STEM fields are eligible to apply for American Councils Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarships. Applicants must be admitted to either OPIT or BRLI to receive funding. No prior study of Russian is required to participate in OPIT.

Application & Questions
Interested students should submit an online application to OPIT or BRLI by February 15 for summer 2018, or by March 15 for the fall 2018 BRLI program. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at

NOVA Psychology Professor Awarded Fulbright to Hungary

NOVA professor Amy Coren arrived in Pécs, Hungary (about 100 miles southwest of Budapest) at the beginning of September to begin her Fulbright fellowship in teaching and research at the Institute of Psychology and the Faculty of Law at Hungary’s oldest university – the University of Pécs, founded in 1367.

Professor Coren is proud to be one of only five Americans from U.S. universities who were selected by the Fulbright Commission to teach and carry out research in Hungary for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a result of her unique qualifications (Ph.D. in Psychology, and J.D.), she has been engaged with both the faculty of law and the psychology department in teaching courses – an advanced undergraduate and M.A. level course in cross-cultural psychology, a seminar for Ph.D. students on the psychology of consciousness, and a lecture series in forensic psychology.

In addition to her teaching responsibility, Prof. Coren is also a thesis advisor for several undergraduate research projects spanning the fields of law and psychology (including one project examining the correlation between criminality and frontal lobe processing).

During her time in Hungary, Prof. Coren has attended several conferences on neuroscience (specifically the Regional European Neuroscience Conference, FENS), and will be delivering additional lectures to students and faculty interested in the US educational system.

At the end of October, she will be delivering a keynote address on the mental health challenges facing migrants at a conference sponsored by the University of Pécs Medical School and U.S. State Department. In addition to her ongoing teaching responsibilities, the rest of the semester spent in Hungary will involve collecting data for an international collaborative research project on positive youth development and continuing to lay the groundwork for exchange programs bringing Hungarian scholars and students to the US for academic exchanges.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards annually in over 125 countries. For more information on the Fulbright application process faculty can contact Stacey Bustillos ( in the Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs for tips and guidance.