URGENT: Your Help Needed to Save the Fulbright-Hays Program

This message just went out to AAS members; If you are US-based or a US citizen please read and take the time to act today.  Fulbright-Hays recently funded, for example, NIU’s program on Ethno-Religious Diversity and Human Rights led by Susan Russell and Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail in 2015.  If you know of other specific examples you’d like to share on this list, please let me know.  –Megan    

Dear Members of the Association for Asian Studies,

We are writing today with an urgent request for help from all of you. On the morning of Wednesday, July 19—that is, tomorrow—the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee will mark up a bill that, in its present form, eliminates the Fulbright-Hays program. Fulbright-Hays grants have supported generations of AAS members in their research and language training, and while the program has already suffered severe budget cuts in recent years, eliminating it entirely would cut off a vital source of funding for area studies specialists.

We urge all AAS members to take action TODAY to prevent the elimination of Fulbright-Hays.

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) has prepared a summary evaluation of the draft bill that will be considered by the House Appropriations Committee.

Use this form provided by the NHA to express your support for Fulbright-Hays.

If your representative is on the House Appropriations Committee, please contact his/her office directly to voice your support for Fulbright-Hays and the continuation of area studies in the United States. (List of House Appropriations Committee members.)

Thank you for your assistance in this urgent and important matter.

The Association for Asian Studies

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