Fulbrighters, alumni and friends of Fulbright are invited to submit proposals for conference sessions at the Fulbright Association’s 41st annual conference, “Un mundo, muchas voces” (“One World, Many Voices), to be held in Puebla, Mexico from November 1-4, 2018 in cooperation with COMEXUS, the Fulbright-García Robles Commission in Mexico. We welcome proposals that will inspire and inform participants from the Americas and around the world. We are currently accepting themed session, roundtable discussion, and poster proposals. Please see below for information on each format.

General Guidelines

With so many voices who are in a position to be heard and to contribute to the public good, we individually and collectively represent a force for peace. This conference offers a single opportunity each year for our international community to celebrate the “Fulbright effect” by sharing our scholarship, contributions and experiences. The conference committee actively seeks proposals for sessions that will give smart people something to think about.  The proposal should be creative, innovative, interactive and perhaps provocative. We will consider any format that can be successfully presented in a room; it may offer a single presenter or multiple presenters focused on a shared theme. We hope to engage many attendees in the program, so multiple presenters are preferred.

Here are some examples of ideas for themed sessions to address:

  • Inside insights: Updates from Central and South America
  • Did you recently return from a Fulbright grant? How is it applied post-Fulbright?
  • Can the Fulbright community work together to advance environmental sustainability?
  • Global migration – inevitable? controllable? Who benefits?
  • Is there progress being made on human rights and judicial reform?
  • How can we promote peace and justice through international education?
  • Social entrepreneurship: Is this a world-wide phenomenon?
  • The role of arts education and expression in peacemaking
  • Other themes are welcome.

All proposals must be submitted through the online submission form by the deadlines indicated below and will be peer reviewed by the conference program sub-committee.  Each proposal will be evaluated based on its thoroughness, clarity and adherence to session guidelines. Research design, innovation, creativity and thematic cohesiveness will also be considered.

Please review the guidelines below.  Questions should be directed to conference@fulbright.org or may be answered by going to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Themed Session (Deadline: June 1, 2018)

Share your presentation in a panel format. Multiple presenters are encouraged (but not required) and an opportunity for audience participation is expected.

Proposals are due by JUNE 1, 2018

Duration: approximately one hour and fifteen minutes

  • Proposal should relate to the conference theme and be organized around a topic that will have wide appeal to the Fulbright community and potentially inspire future research or service. Research should be professional-level, with additional consideration given to projects that resulted from a Fulbright grant.
  • Session chairs should complete the proposal and provide short bios on the additional co-presenters. Complete information must be provided with the proposal submission.
  • The panel session format allows for considerable coverage of a given topic within a unified theme. You may submit a proposal as a group, or you may submit as an individual that may be placed within a group representing a similar theme. Multiple presenters and an opportunity for audience participation are expected. Panels are approximately one hour in length, and each panelist should prepare to speak for 15-20 minutes.
  • Panel leaders should clearly identify their proposed session theme and their presentation’s role within it in their submission, and should be prepared to suggest additional panelists whose work will fit within the scope of their session.
  • WiFi and projectors will be available for panel sessions.
  • Selected presenters will appeal widely and thoughtfully to Fulbright Association members and help launch future work by session participants.

Roundtable Discussion (Deadline: July 1, 2018)

Presenters will share their research in a seated author-led round table discussion format with other presenters.

Proposals are due by JULY 1, 2018

Duration: 15-20 minutes

  • Research should be professional-level, with additional consideration given to projects that resulted from a Fulbright grant.
  • The roundtable format is a seated, author-led discussion that provides scholars with an opportunity to share their work in a brief presentation with a small, engaged audience. Presenters will be assigned a table and a timeslot for their presentation, and table assignments will include a variety of topics and themes.
  • There will be 2-3 presenters per roundtable, and the full session will run for approximately an hour and a half. Each presenter will be allotted 10-15 minutes for their presentation and discussion and can choose how to divide their time. Time will be monitored for each presentation.
  • You may submit a proposal as a group, but your proposal’s slot will still be only 10-15 minutes total. You may divide this time among multiple group members.
  • Participants will be able to move from table to table between individual roundtables; presenters may also move between tables following their presentations.
  • Handouts and laptop files are encouraged, but please note that WiFi and projectors will not be available for roundtable sessions.

Click here to read FAQs for the Roundtable Presentations.

Poster Presentation (Deadline: July 1, 2018)

Share your Fulbright experience and/or research in a visual format with conference attendees.

Proposals are due by JULY 1, 2018

Duration: The poster presentation period will be approximately one hour, however, posters may remain hanging for the duration of the conference for attendees to see. You are welcome to engage visitors about your research at any time.

  • Eligible presenters include individual and institutional Fulbright Association members as well as prospective members. Returning Fulbright grantees, students, and teachers should feel welcome to submit proposals in this category.
  • Posters can reflect participants’ Fulbright grant experience/research or other work that they are engaged in. This can take many forms: research findings, best practices for teaching, overview of a project, photos from a key experience, or examples of outreach efforts either in country or in the U.S. Past posters have reflected research findings, overview of a project, best practices for teaching, photo journals, and outreach efforts both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Posters should be 4′ H x 3′ W and should demonstrate your topic visually.
  • Electrical outlets will not be available.
  • The Fulbright Association cannot print your poster for you. Please plan to bring your poster with you to the conference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I submit my proposal?

A: Please submit your proposal through the online submission page by clicking here. Please do not e-mail or mail us your submission. Only proposals submitted through the online submission form will be considered. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact us at conference@fulbright.org.

Q: I am not a Fulbrighter. May I still submit a proposal?

A: Yes, however, all presenters must join the Fulbright Association as a member. If you are not a Fulbright grantee, you may join the Fulbright Association as a Friend of Fulbright.

Q: I haven’t decided on a title yet. Can I change it later?

A: Yes. While we require a “working title” for all submissions, if your proposal is accepted, you may change the title at a later date by a given deadline.

Q: I don’t have any co-presenters. Can I submit a proposal for a themed session?

A: Yes, though if you are accepted, it is likely that you will be combined with another group presenting on a thematically similar topic.

Q: I don’t have any co-presenters. Can I submit a proposal for a roundtable or poster?

A: Yes.

Q: May I submit multiple proposals?

A: Yes, however, due to limited slot availability, you may only present one time at the conference. If multiple proposals are approved, you may be asked to select one.

Q: I submitted my proposal through the online submission form. How do I know if it went through?

A: If you completed the form, we have received your registration. You may not automatically receive a confirmation e-mail, but please be assured that it has been received.

Q: If I am accepted, will the Fulbright Association pay my travel expenses or waive my conference registration?

A: Unfortunately, the Fulbright Association cannot pay travel expenses or waive conference registrations for presenters at this time.

Q: If I (or my co-presenters) only intend to present at the conference, without attending any other sessions, do I still need to register?

A: Yes. All presenters must register, however, you might consider purchasing a one-day registration instead of a full conference registration.