Launched in 2010, the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program supports U.S. foreign policy initiatives that fight poverty and encourage innovation in market-driven and socially responsible ways while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Program participants explore public-policy research questions and involve governments, NGOs, businesses, and communities in the implementation of their projects. As Western Hemisphere nations take steps to work together on shared challenges, the Fulbright NEXUS Program offers a collaborative model for regional scholarly exchange that moves beyond theory into practice. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-2013 cycle of the program.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants from more than 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Dr. Daniel M. Kammen, Professor and Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, is the 2012-2013 Fulbright NEXUS Lead Scholar. Dr. Kammen leads 20 Department of State-sponsored Fulbright scholars from across the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, for one year spent addressing public policy challenges through international exchanges, seminars, and collaborative research. The scholars focus on three primary areas—science, technology and innovation; entrepreneurship; and sustainable energy—with a particular focus on climate change adaptation technologies.