Teaching & Learning Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Teach in Ukraine

Dr. Lisa Blank

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Lisa M. Blank of the PJW College of Education and Human Sciences has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Ukraine. Blank will conduct a semester-long seminar and related workshops designed to support teachers in advancing education reform in their classrooms, buildings, and communities at Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, Kyiv Ukraine.

Blank is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. This year ‐ the 25th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine – is also a banner year; Ukraine will be hosting 29 US Fulbright grantees, plus up to 10 Fulbright specialists. This is the largest cohort in Ukraine in the past 5 years. This year Ukraine will also be celebrating 26 years of Ukrainian independence. Although the country gained its independence in 1991, with over 91 percent of the population voting for an independent Ukraine, it only became free in 2014. Fulbright awardees will have the opportunity to witness living history during their time in Ukraine.


The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.


Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.


Fulbrighters address critical global in all disciplines while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov