Gabel Receives Fulbright to Bulgaria

Contact: Carl Nathe

 

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Gabel, who also has a joint appointment as a faculty member in UK’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, will be giving lectures in the cities of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, and Varna during the first two weeks of June. He will speak on several topics related to the development of the European Union, including the draft constitution currently under consideration. Bulgaria is slated to join the European Union in 2007.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2004) -- Matthew Gabel, an associate professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant at the Bulgarian European Community Studies Association (BECSA).

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program offers two-to-six-week grants to leading American scholars and professionals. The grants are designed to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries around the world. Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program which was started in 1946, the Senior Specialists Program aims at increasing the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright.

The Fulbright Scholar program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

“The traditional Fulbright Scholar program offers grants ranging from two months to an academic year, and some academics and professionals find it difficult to be away overseas for that length of time,” said Patti McGill Peterson, executive director for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. “The new Senior Specialists program offers them another option.”

Grantees also undertake other activities, ranging from conducting teacher training and assessing educational materials to leading seminars or workshops.  

“It’s a great honor to be awarded this Fulbright grant,” said Gabel. “This will be very helpful in broadening the scope of the undergraduate classes I teach on such topics as the European Union.”

Gabel, who also has a joint appointment as a faculty member in UK’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, will be giving lectures in the cities of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, and Varna during the first two weeks of June. He will speak on several topics related to the development of the European Union, including the draft constitution currently under consideration. Bulgaria is slated to join the European Union in 2007.

Gabel, who joined the UK faculty in 1994, recently won a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the European Union to establish the Good Governance Consortium. Plans call for the consortium to have a regular exchange of graduate students from the Martin School, as well as from three other universities in the United States, Minnesota, Illinois and Brigham Young (BYU), to study at universities in Austria, Belgium, Finland and Italy. The first two UK students will be selected to take part in the exchange program for the spring of 2005.


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