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Fulbright Association Congratulates 2014 Fulbright Prize Winner Dr. Hans Blix.
The Fulbright Prize honors the largest and most significant educational and cultural exchange program in history, as well as the career and spirit of its creator, the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Dr. Hans Blix has dedicated much of his life to controlling the spread of nuclear weapons and the capacity of nations to produce them. He has served as Chair of the International Atomic Energy Agency during a period of great tension in the Middle East, is credited with reducing the threat of war in Iran and managing the potential for nuclear capabilities in Iraq, and currently serves as Honorary President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations.
A recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship at age 19, Blix has served the international community for over six decades to promote and improve international peace and security.
The Prize ceremony will take place at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference, to be held in Washington, DC on October 16-18, 2014, where Dr. Blix will be a featured speaker. The prize recognizes and rewards outstanding contributions toward bringing peoples, cultures, or nations to greater understanding of others. The inaugural Fulbright Prize was awarded to former South African President Nelson Mandela in 1993.
The Prize, which includes a $50,000 cash award, is presented at a special ceremony during which the laureate makes a substantive address on his/her work and aspirations.
Four recipients of the Fulbright Prize—Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and Martti Ahtisaari—have later been named Nobel Peace Prize laureates.X
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The Fulbright Prize recognizes and rewards outstanding contributions toward bringing peoples, cultures, or nations to greater understanding of others. Considered for the prize will be individuals, groups, or organizations whose contributions have made a substantial impact in breaking through the barriers that divide humankind. In administering the prize, the Fulbright Association and its cooperating international and U.S. associates seek:
- To provide substantial recognition to those who dedicate their energies to improving international understanding and;
- To encourage new generations to undertake life commitments to international understanding.
- The nominees may be living individuals, a cohesive team or group of individuals working in identical or closely related fields, organizations, or institutions.
- The achievements may be either specific in time or may reflect a long period of significant and continuing work.
- The work of nominees must have positively affected people of other countries and cultures as well as their own.
- Nominees may be citizens or residents of any country.
- Nominees, under normal circumstances, must be in sufficiently good health to attend the award ceremony, to present a substantive address on their work and aspirations, and possibly to give one or more lectures as appropriate.
Members of the public are invited to make nominations for the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. A request for nominations is also distributed to all Fulbright Association members.
International Selection Committee
The Fulbright Association Board of Directors convenes an International Selection Committee to choose the Fulbright Prize recipient from nominations submitted by Fulbright Commissions and other international bodies. The International Selection Committee reviews nominations and chooses the laureate. Committee members’ identities remain confidential until the laureate is announced.
Announcement of Laureate
The Fulbright Association posts an announcement on its web site, sends an email announcement to Fulbright alumni worldwide, and distributes a news release to the media.