MTV Wants Fulbright Scholar

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By Brian Bowers
Smile. I like titles and no this is not a joke I promise you. Did you know that Fulbright and mtvU have teamed together to offer a fellowship to individuals interested in documenting and studying the “power” of music on an international scale? But if you are left wondering what I mean by ‘offering’ and ‘fellowship’ let me just give you a few stats on the award:

• Round-trip transportation to the host country
• Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country
• Book and research allowances (Fellows whose projects require extensive research
• funding, materials, or equipment must obtain funding from other sources for such
• purposes.)
• Supplemental health and accident insurance coverage
• Foreign language or cultural orientation courses, where appropriate
• Media resources (e.g., camera and Internet uplink for students to send dispatches to mtvU)

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? I bet anyone who didn’t like music and travelling before likes it a lot more now that someone else might potentially pay for you to take part! It seems following the initial pilot year in 2007-2008, the Fulbright-mtvU fellowship is back and in action. Be warned, this can be a complex application process for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree that requires proposals, recommendations…etc, its not for the faint at heart. But what’s a little paperwork and research for such an amazing opportunity.

If you need encouragement again, look at the awards above! I mean, you can contribute to society, music, academia and media without being on a reality TV show. Sounds great? GOOD, give it a shot.

Find more information here at the official website or here. Although this year’s deadline is coming up VERY soon (March 1, 2010 to be exact), you can always file this away for next year and get started way ahead of time!

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