International Study Tours

Since 2002, the National Association of Fellowships Advisors has coordinated biennial summer study tours for fellowship advisors. Previous trips have taken us to Germany, the UK, Ireland, China, and Taiwan. These study tours have allowed us to become more familiar with universities, the higher education systems of our destinations, and the foundations that sponsor scholarships and fellowships for study in these countries. Below is more detailed information about these tours.

2018 Study Tours

2018 China Study Tour

May 8-17, 2018

Leaders: CET Academic Programs and NAFAns Charlotte Evans & Brian Souders

20 NAFA members traveled to three cities in China in May 2018: Beijing, Harbin, and Nanjing. They visited Schwarzman College, Yenching Academy, Princeton in Asia, Fulbright scholars based in China, CET Beijing, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and more.

Cost: $2,400 (included accommodation, in-country travel, and some meals). Participants were responsible for covering international airfare, travel to/from departure and arrival airports, health insurance, and any additional meals that are not covered in the finalized itinerary.

You can read about the China Study Tour 2018 on this blog.

2018 UK Study Tour

June 3 - 15, 2018

Leaders: NAFAns LuAnn Saunders-Kanabay & Barbara Wise; Mary Denyer (Assistant Secretary and Head of Marshall Scholarship Administration)

This ever-popular tour was sponsored by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, with cooperation from the Rhodes Trust at Oxford, the Gates Cambridge Trust at Cambridge and the Fulbright UK Commission at selected sites.

About: To Cardiff and Back! Members of NAFA learned about UK postgraduate education and funding; experienced select universities and met with fellowship recipients.

Cost: $1,300 (included accommodation, in-country travel, and some meals). All participants were responsible for covering international airfare, travel to/from departure and arrival airports, health insurance, and any additional meals that are not covered in the finalized itinerary.

2018 UK Study Tour Summary & Reports

2016 Study Tours

2016 UK Study Tour

To Glasgow and Back!  34 NAFAns learned about UK postgraduate education and funding and visited select universities in June 2016.

Sponsored by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Mary Denyer (Assistant Secretary and Head of Scholarship Administration) again hosted and arranged this ever-popular tour with cooperation from the Rhodes Trust and the Rothmere Institute at Oxford, the Gates Cambridge Trust at Cambridge, and the Fulbright UK Commission at selected sites. 

You can read about the 2016 UK Study Tour on this blog.

2016 Germany Study Tour

In June 2016, 19 NAFAns met with representatives from nine funding agencies and visited universities and research institutions that are members of the German Excellence Initiative. The tour was generously organized and supported by Fulbright Germany and the DAAD. NAFAns traveled to Berlin, Dresden, and Leipzig. Participants also met with U.S. students and fellowship recipients who shared their firsthand experiences with those programs.

You can read about the 2016 Germany Study Tour on this blog.

2016 Taiwan Study Tour

From March 10 - 20, 2016, the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (i.e., Fulbright Taiwan) and the Taiwan Ministry of Education, International Division, hosted members of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors in Taiwan. Led by Brian Souders and Jeanne Sokoloski, the Taiwan trip was the first, exploratory NAFA trip to Asia.

A group of 12 NAFA members visited major Taiwanese universities where Fulbright partnership awards are offered (National Chengchi University, Cheng Kung University, and National Taiwan University), in addition to visiting two Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship sites throughout the country. The group benefited from being introduced to the Taiwanese education system; took part in discussions with the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs; meet with Foreign Service Officers at the American Institute in Taiwan (the unofficial American embassy); and, were introduced to the fellowships available in Taiwan to U.S. students and faculty.

Taiwan Study Tour Summary

2014 UK Study Tour

In June 2014, NAFAns traveled from London to Cardiff, to Southampton, to Reading and East Anglia, visiting 14 different institutions of higher education. During the site visits participants met with university administrators, as well as with U.S. students who were studying in the UK. Universities included UCL, Imperial, Kings College, Royal Holloway, Reading, Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff, Surrey, Southampton, Birmingham, Nottingham, East Anglia, and Cambridge.

2012 Study Tours

2012 UK Study Tour

This May 2012 study tour took participants “on the road,” traveling from London to Edinburgh, to Cardiff, visiting with 13 different institutions of higher education. Accompanied by Mary Denyer, Assistant Secretary & Head of Scholarship Administration of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, participants were hosted by many of the institutions.

During the site visits, participants met with university administrators, as well as with American students who are currently studying in the UK. The agenda included the Universities of Southampton, Cambridge, Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Imperial, UCL, Kings, Bristol, Cardiff, Keele, Warwick, and Oxford.

2012 Washington D.C. Study Tour

This June 2012 tour provided participants with a range of intensive workshops including a "science day" with visits to the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and presentations from other relevant foundations (e.g., Goldwater, EPA, DoD/SMART). There was also be half-day workshops on the UK/Ireland (Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge, Rhodes), IIE (Fulbright, Gilman, Boren, Freeman-Asia), and Truman/Udall. Participants traveled using the easily accessible Metro system. The tour also included a group dinner and an evening of entertainment at either the Capital Steps or Pal Joey.

2011 Germany Study Tour

In January 2010, NAFAns traveled to Germany on a tour organized and supported by both the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Fulbright Commission. Participants learned about the German educational system and various fellowship opportunities, some of which fund professional internships. Scholarship advisors were able to talk with faculty and administrators during site visits to a variety of institutions.

2008 Study Tours

2008 UK Study Tour

2008 was the fourth time members of NAFA traveled to the United Kingdom to visit universities and meet with fellowship organizations.

2008 Germany Study Tour

The first ever Germany Study Tour took place in June 2008.

2006 UK Study Tour

In late June/early July of 2006, NAFAns spent four days at Cambridge for a symposium. The following universities gave presentations: The University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, University of Manchester, School of Oriental and African Studies, Cardiff University, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of East Anglia, University of Bradford, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The group then traveled through Southern England (including a visit to Rhodes House, Oxford) and Wales before taking a ferry to Dublin, Ireland. While in Dublin the group visited a number of Irish universities.

2004 UK + Ireland Study Tour

In early June 2004, Members of NAFA were able to experience first-hand higher education in England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland through site visits to universities. Participants were able to choose one week in either England or Ireland or both weeks. The following visits were part of this tour: London School of Economics and Politics, Imperial College, School of Oriental and African Studies, University College London, Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Manchester, and Westminster.

Ireland: University of Ulster, Queens University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland, Cork, Limerick, and Maynooth.

2002 UK Study Tour

In June 2002, NAFA members visited universities in England and Scotland.

England: London School of Economics and Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, Imperial College, Oxford Brooks, Oxford, Cambridge, York, Durham.

Scotland: Edinburgh, St. Andrews