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Fulbright 2015

Fulbright Program Comes to UWC

 The University of the Western Cape wishes good luck to 34 postgrad students who recently took part in the final panel review for acceptance into the prestigious international Fulbright program.

The Fulbright Program, administered locally by the Public Affairs Office of the U.S Mission in South Africa, aims at increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of South Africa through education exchanges.

It offers invaluable opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth for postgraduate students with a Bachelor (Hons) qualification, an equivalent four-year university or technikon (B.Tech) degree, or a Master’s degree.

It also enables grantees to meet and work not only with people of the host countries - South Africa and the United States - but also with nationals from around the world, in classrooms, libraries and social environments.

Last year, the Fulbright scholarship program was hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT), and in 2015 UWC is fortunate enough to be a part of this program.

The 34 students who scored interviews with the panel at the Fulbright program were also interviewed by judges at the University of the Western Cape.

UWC’s Dean of the Faculty of Natural Science, Professor Davies Coleman, and Head of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Lorna Holtman, had the privilege of being part of the selection committee. The project coordinators from the American Consulate were Mr John Vance and Mr Aloysious Gowne.

Applicants are only considered once their applications have been accepted by a university abroad - and only then can the interviews with the panel begin.

One of UWC's students and a recipient of the Fulbright Program, Sivuyisiwe Wonci, is making waves in the United States. She started her Fulbright program (Master of Public Health) in 2013 at Montclair State University (MSU) in New Jersey and recently graduated from MSU.

For more than 60 years, the Fulbright program in South Africa has produced exceptional leaders, many having come from the disadvantaged communities of the apartheid era. Today they occupy prominent positions in government, parliament, educational institutions and the non-profit and private sectors.

 The primary source of funding for the Fulbright scholarships to and from South Africa comes from the U.S. Government. Higher education and research institutions in South Africa and the United States support the exchange program through shared costs or non-monetary contributions.