Fulbright program invites Mindanaoans to study in US

Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2018 05:27 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2018 11:43 PM

The Fulbright Commission in the Philippines is inviting Mindanaoans to study in the US. Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY—The Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) on Saturday invited close to 100 students, teachers and researchers from public and private institutions to study in the United States.

It offers various scholarships and fellowships: Graduate Student program, Advanced Research and University Lecturing program, ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative, Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Hubert Humphrey Program and Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, among others.

The Fulbright Commission in the Philippines, the oldest among the 50 Fulbright commissions in the world, is celebrating its 70th year. It aims to promote mutual understanding in terms of education and culture between the Philippines and the US.

Among its first batch of Filipino scholars was a woman from Mindanao.

Fulbright alumni from Mindanao also shared their experiences in studying in the US under the program.

“It’s really life-changing, na-empowered ako. I have been able to collaborate with some of the best-known scientists in the US," said Dr. Emma Bayugan.

Bayugan did research under the Fulbright Philippine Agriculture Program in 2001 (University of Hawaii-Manoa) and 2010 (University of California-Davis) about extending the shelf life of papaya and different types of vegetables.

Vienna Monteverde said believes it's an “opportunity to share our [Filipino] culture.” 

Since 1948, nearly 3,000 Filipinos and 1,000 Americans have studied, researched and taught in the US and in the Philippines under the Fulbright scholarship.

"He (William Fulbright) was the longest-serving chair of the US Senate foreign relations committee. His belief, educational exchanges were the best means of exchanging bilateral relationship and also enhancing understanding between countries so he filed a bill which came into law in 1946 which established the Fulbright program,” PAEF executive director Benjie Garcia said.

“We offer short-term programs from 6 months to 1 year, we have Global Ungrad for students studying bachelor’s program, they can spend a semester in the US in a field of study of their choice."

Applicants have until March to submit their applications.