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37th Annual Fulbright Conference & Prize Ceremony

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The Fulbright Association’s 37th Annual Conference and the J. William Fulbright Prize Ceremony are the leading forum for connecting the Fulbright community and our alumni from around the globe. We continue to honor courageous world leaders including our inaugural winner, Nelson Mandela.


Conference Theme: Dare to Act!

This year’s event draws upon a renewed energy amongst our chapters, members and the Fulbright family!  It will bring the who’s who of international big thinkers, dignitaries and influencers in the global economy – all who routinely dare to inspire and dare to act!  With unprecedented budget cuts to the program looming, it is important to show Fulbright’s vibrant presence as we go on to do great things in the world.

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Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill & Ronald Reagan Center | Washington, DC  October 16 – 18, 2014


Fulbright Conference Details

With the theme of Dare to Act!, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Draw inspiration and relevant best practices from accomplished speakers who address current international issues all in ”Dare” themed interactive sessions.
  • Learn about the future of the Fulbright program, share your impact stories and learn about ways to make your voices heard to legislators.
  • Meet remarkable social entrepreneurs among our own membership as we interact informally, share ideas and explore ways to turn the Fulbright spirit into action.
  • Witness the awarding of the Fulbright Prize to Hans Blix, our 2014 Prize recipient – all-conference registration costs cover all official Fulbright events!
  • Convene with visiting Fulbrighters, chapter representatives, international alumni, foreign policy professionals and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
  • Lend your vision and voice to the future of the Fulbright Association and the impact Fulbright has on the world.

The conference will include an opening embassy reception, prize ceremony and gala, the Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecturer award, agents of change and social impact sessions, and several other stimulating presentations.


The Annual Conference schedule and timing is in progress and will be updated as events are confirmed – check back often to see the exciting line-up!

In the meantime, what are you waiting for?  Register today to be a part of the new, inspired Fulbright Association!    Interested in reading about last year’s conference – click here.

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Conference Date and Location

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill & Ronald Regan Center | Washington, DC | October 16 – 18, 2014

Register today for the international Fulbright event of the year!  As the annual conference and prize ceremony are combined this year, your full registration fee will cover all events.  Members receive a discounted rate and you will need to log in to receive this rate.  If you do not know your username and password, please contact us at

Early bird deadline is August 31, 2014.

Registration Fees

Those not currently members of the Fulbright Association will have a 1-year membership to the Association included in their conference registration.

Full Registration Type Earlybird Standard Onsite
Full Conference Member $350 $370 $390
Full Conference Non-Member $375 $395 $425
Student (enrolled full time) $99 $99 $99
Young Professional (under 30) $120 $140 $160
Single Day (Friday Only) $315 $335 $355
Single Event & Guest Tickets Earlybird Standard Onsite
Opening Reception $99 $125
Diversity Lunch $65 $85
Prize Ceremony (Only) $215 $235
Sponsor a Fulbright Grantee to Attend $295 $295

Conference Registration Cancellation Policy: Those who cancel before August 31 will be eligible for a full refund. Those who cancel on or before September 19 will be eligible for a refund minus a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for those cancellations received after September 19. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to the Fulbright Association at

Conference Schedule of Events

The Annual Conference schedule and timing is in progress and will be updated as events are confirmed – check back often to see the exciting line-up! All events take place at the Hyatt Regency unless otherwise noted.

Please Note: we are currently finalizing this schedule so session times and content are subject to change.

Thursday, October 16

3:00 – 6:00pm               Registration

6:30 – 8:30pm               Welcome Embassy Reception

Friday, October 17

7:00am – 4:00pm           Registration

8:30am – 10:00am         DARE to Inspire & Rally!  Opening Plenary Session: Dr. Hans Blix keynote with Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Allison MacFarlane

10:00 – 12:00pm            DARE to Impact!  Agents of Change: Multiple presentations and Best Practices from Fulbrighters innovating in their fields

12:00 – 1:30pm              DARE to Collaborate & Include!  Shared lessons on diversity and inclusion between the academic and corporate worlds featuring Deloitte, Lowe’s and Morgan Stanley

1:30 – 2:45pm                 DARE to Advocate, Collaborate and Act! Imagine a World Without Fulbright – Lessons learned from a $30 Million Cut featuring  President Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru and moderator Tom Healy, Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board 

2:45 – 3:15pm                  Networking Poster Fair Break

3:30 – 4:30pm                  DARE to Create!  Selma Jeanne Cohen Performance

6:30 – 10:00pm                DARE to Lead!  Prize Reception & Dinner* Honoring Dr. Hans Blix, introduced by  Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Ms. Harriett Fulbright

*Held at the Ronald Reagan International Center

Saturday, October 18

7:30 – 9:30am                  Registration & FA Store (Books & Merchandise)

8:30 – 9:15am                  DARE to Advocate! Update and Action Items! Engaging your Congressman

9:15 – 10:15am                DARE to Impact! Round-table discussions

10:15 – 12:00pm              DARE to Engage ! FA Your Way!  Chapter recognition and closing remarks

Afternoon                         Optional Activities around DC. Check back for details!

J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding – Ceremony & Gala

Hans Blix Fulbright {focus_keyword} Annual Conference hansblix2For many years the conference and Prize events were hosted in the same weekend so we are very happy to return to that tradition for 2014. We continue to honor courageous world leaders including our inaugural winner, Nelson Mandela. This year’s Prize event will be a gala to celebrate the contributions and life work of a fellow Fulbrighter, Dr. Hans Blix.

“And this prize, this award, is a source of tremendous inspiration, not only to an individual, but to the men and women right across the length and breadth of our country who decided to fight back, and [to] you, part of that family, those men and women who have chosen the world to be the theater of your efforts.” – Nelson Mandela, 1993 Fulbright Prize Address

The gala will be hosted in the beautiful atrium of the Ronald Reagan Center a few blocks from the White House and will include an opening reception, a plated dinner, and a program of speakers, including Dr. Blix.

The gala event is included in the conference registration fee or tickets may be purchased separately.

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Conference Speakers

We seek to inspire you through the work and ideas of our dynamic speakers.  Fulbrighters make an impact every day in their respective fields of professional and academic expertise – learn from and connect with the brightest minds committed to action at this year’s conference!  The Annual Conference schedule and timing is in progress and will be updated as events are confirmed – check back often to see the exciting line-up!

The 2014 Selma Jeanne Cohen Awardee ! Dr. Patrick Alcedo

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Dr. Patrick Alcedo, an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at York University in Toronto, Canada is the recipient for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Lecture Award. This fall he will also begin his tenure as Director of York’s MA and Ph.D. programs in Dance Studies. Under the auspices of the Asian Cultural Council through its Ford Foundation Fellowship, Alcedo received his Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory at the University of California, Riverside—a multidisciplinary program that Selma Jeanne Cohen helped found.

Having been born and raised in the Philippines, he grew up performing Philippine folk dance in an array of community and professional settings. Entitled “An Empire Stages Back: Nationalism, Post-Coloniality, and the Canadian Diaspora in Philippine Dance,” his lecture-demonstration will focus on various Philippine dances, which are understood as folk dance traditions Filipinos embody not only in the Philippines and but also in the diaspora, particularly in North America.

About the Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Program

The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance honors the pioneering and seminal contributions of preeminent dance historian Selma Jeanne Cohen. The Fulbright Association created the fund with a generous gift from Dr. Cohen in 2000 to recognize the importance of her Fulbright exchange experience in Russia and to perpetuate her interests in dance as an international enterprise.

Dr. Cohen was an historian, editor, and teacher who devoted her career to proving dance an art worthy of the same scholarly respect traditionally given to painting, music, and literature. She was America’s leading figure in dance scholarship and edited the six-volume “International Encyclopedia of Dance” (1998), the most comprehensive guide of its kind. Dr. Cohen served as a dance critic for the “New York Times” and the “Saturday Review,” wrote and edited several books, and taught at the University of Chicago and other higher education institutions.

The endowed lecture supported by the Selma Jeanne Cohen fund occurs at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference, an important multidisciplinary forum whose participants are prominent Fulbright alumni, public officials, and representatives of the higher education and foreign affairs communities. The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund provides an honorarium, round-trip travel funds, and expenses for a dance scholar to give a major presentation on dance scholarship at the conference.  To inquire about submitting an application for the 2015 Annual Conference, please email us directly at

Conference and Prize Sponsorship

The Annual Conference & Prize are combined this year, affording sponsors with multiple exposure and engagement options. We are expecting a record turnout of attendees including the who’s who of international big thinkers, dignitaries and influencers in the global economy as well as professionals from many different fields.

We are committed to providing value based sponsorship options that are geared towards your organizations goals. Our reach is extensive and based on your sponsorship package, you will be recognized in any number of outlets. We will publicize the event to our audience that encompasses over 300,000 Fulbrighters and interested parties, strategic industry partners, international commissions and alumni associations, main stream media and our social media outlets such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Facebook.

Timing is critical as the earlier you register for your sponsorship, the more recognition you will receive. Download the sponsor options form and submit your request today (link)! Interested in customizing your sponsorship or have questions please contact or 202.775.7725.


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Located in walking distance of the National Mall and its beautiful museums, the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill is conveniently located just three blocks from Union Station, making access to all of metro DC easy and comfortable.

The Fulbright Association has negotiated a conference rate of $165 per night + tax. To make your reservations, call 1-888-421-1442 and mention Fulbright Association or visit online at  These rates are good from October 15 – 18, 2014.  In the event you check out prior to your reserved checkout date, an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged. Guests wishing to avoid this fee must advise the hotel at or before check-in.  In order to take advantage of this reservation rate, hotel reservations must be made by September 15, 2013.  Reservations received after September 15 are subject to availability and the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Sharing a room

Are you looking for a roommate for the conference? Please send your contact info to and we will add you to our roommate list. We will put those looking for roommates in contact with one another, but it will be up to the participants to match themselves and book their hotel room.


The best place for attendees to start to determine on whether or not you need a visa to come to the US to attend the conference is on the US State Department website at:  For those that will need a visa to enter, you can determine what kind of visa you’ll need at:

The visa process can sometimes be a lengthy one, so we recommend you start as soon as possible.  Please note that the Fulbright Association is not authorized to provide official advice to conference attendees on visa issues. The information provided is intended as a guideline only. Attendees should read all the information on the US State Department website very closely and should contact the American Embassy in their respective countries for more information about their individual circumstances.

Volunteer Hosts Needed for DC Homestay

The Fulbright Association and our National Capital Chapter is looking for volunteers to host visiting Fulbright alums for a homestay experience during their Annual Fulbright Conference scheduled for October 16-18, 2014. We have several young Fulbrighters who will need a place to stay in order to be able to attend the conference. If you would love to share your home with an international Fulbrighter please send your contact information to