Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)

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  • 21 May 2018 3:06 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    The WG Walker Scholarship Fund is the proud legacy of AFAA.  This fund is held and administered by the Commission and is open for donations by any alumni.  The WG Walker Scholarship is awarded to the top Fulbright Scholar annually.  AFAA has fund-raised more than $250,000 for this fund since its inception in 1993.

    As a sign of continued dedication to this Fund AFAA decided will donate 25% of all membership dues to the fund on an annual basis.

    While AFAA can no longer receive direct donations for this fund as part of your membership renewal, we encourage all of our members to continue their tradition of donating to this fund on an annual basis.  To do this - just visit the donation page and make sure to select the 'W.G. Walker Memorial Alumni Scholarship Fund' from the menu so that your donation goes to this fund.

  • 11 May 2018 9:49 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    CALLING ALL FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS!

    The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association is an official sponsor of AFFORDABLE LIVING IN SUSTAINABLE CITIES: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda

    Newcastle NSW, 1st - 2nd November 2018.

    Opportunity for AFAA Members

    The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association has been invited to sponsor this event, and bring to the Conference the richness of our members’ expertise as thought leaders, entrepreneurs, catalysts, researchers, creatives, educators, policy makers, and facilitators.

    Ways in which AFAA members can engage

    We are keen to hear from members who are interested to take part as:

    • Keynote speakers
    • Presenters
    • Panellists
    • Session moderators
    • Discussants
    • Workshop curators and facilitators
    • Performers/artists in residence
    • Organisers that can help us to:
    • Connect to Newcastle experts, entrepreneurs, politicians, NGOs, practitioners, activists, researchers, community builders, thinkers and leaders;
    • Secure sponsorship from key partners;
    • Connect to the University of Newcastle and other universities;
    • Engage with other regional cities, which are critical to implementing the NUA.
  • 11 May 2018 9:43 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    We thank all those who joined us at our AGM. It was a lively meeting with nearly twenty members in attendance (in person or by teleconference).  The president and treasurer presented their reports as a start of the discussion and overall review of AFAA in 2017 (AFAA 2017 Treasurer's Report 2018 AGM.pdf and AFAA 2017 President's Report 2018 AGM - FINAL.pdf). Big news items include decisions about hosting our next conference in 2019, supporting additional symposiums in 2018, and dedicating 25% of all membership dues to the WG Walker Scholarship Fund. 

    To see all that was discussed visit the minutes: AFAA AGM 2018 Minutes.pdf

  • 11 May 2018 9:31 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    AFAA continues to host local events across Australia for current scholars and alumni. Make sure to visit our events calendar to see what events are coming to you.

    Tasmanian Fulbrighters and friends enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast in December 2017.


    New South Wales welcomed new scholars with a classic fish and chips gathering in Balmoral in April 2018.

  • 20 Nov 2017 1:32 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)
    The Western Australian Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association held their annual dinner on Thursday 12th October.  With a healthy turn-out of fifty-four people, including alumni and partners, registrants enjoyed the beautiful outlook over the Swan River, as well as a sumptuous three-course meal courtesy of Acqua Viva in Nedlands (also known as JoJos Restaurant).  Keynote speaker Prof. Ray Wills from the University of Western Australia spoke on “Preparing for the Clean Tech Tsunammi” in a lecture that reflected on the rapid pace of economic and technological change in the modern era. The US Consul General for Western Australia, Rachel Cooke, gave a welcome address, in which she urged the alumni to continue their recruiting efforts for the Fulbright scholarship program.  Dr Jonathan Paget, President of the WA Chapter, gave a brief overview of the WA chapter’s 2017 activities, including statements from recently returned WA alumni Craig McCormack and Shraddha Kashyap. Also in attendance was Dr Pablo Jimenez, Alumni Relations Manager at the Fulbright Commission (Canberra).
  • 20 Nov 2017 10:34 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)
    On behalf of the organizing committee, I want to thank all those who attended the inaugural AFAA Conference - Leadership in a new era - this past Friday and Saturday. Reflecting on the day, it reminded me what I consider to be so special about Fulbrighters - the willingness to share ideas and personal experiences in a such an extraordinary way. For me, the day was filled with awe at those doing amazing things and enjoyment from getting to know my fellow alumni a bit better. Visit the conference page for a few photos that captured the excitement of the day.

    Thank you to all who presented and all who came to share in the day. AFAA hopes to host similar events in the future. To make sure that we tailor these events to the interests of our members, we ask that you complete this post-conference survey. It should only take 5-10 minutes of your time.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AFAAConference

    If you want to co-host an event in the future please feel free to contact us with your ideas!

    On behalf of the AFAA Committee,

    Vanessa Adams

  • 16 Nov 2017 7:57 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    We are pleased to launch our new logo which has been thoughtfully designed by our secretary Rebecca Smith. 

    2017 has marked a year of growth and change for AFAA and is culminating in a flurry of activity at a national level, with our inaugural conference just days a way, and a local level with many Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations being hosted by local contacts. 

    What better way to mark this growth than with a renewed logo that reflects our path forward guided by our vision and mission?

    About the logo: The logo includes some classic imagery associated with the ideals laid out in the AFAA vision - books for knowledge, a light bulb for ideas, and a wreath to symbolise peace and communication. The eucalypt wreath also adds that sense of Australiana, being both iconic and immediately recognisable.

    We will formally launch the logo at the national conference and put to our members for a final vote at our AGM in early 2018.

  • 14 Nov 2017 6:46 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    AFAA took over your airwaves on Friday when current Fulbright Scholar Caroline Park joined Jon Faine, co-Host Tim Ferguson and guests to talk about her conference presentation:
    A recipe for disaster: the link between extreme weather and nutrition.

    Missed out? Re-stream it here!
    Love what you hear? Come to our inaugural conference on November 18. Registration is FREE https://www.fulbrightalumni.org.au/2017-Conference

  • 14 Nov 2017 2:42 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that AFAA now has a Facebook page and Instagram account. Please start following our posts and connect with us on our new social media platforms.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Australian-Fulbright-Alumni-Association-185660041992782/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/australianfulbrightalumni/

    And there are easy links on our home page to these as well! Join us and keep the conversation going.

  • 20 Sep 2017 1:20 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    The Inaugural conference program and public Salon are shaping up. Early bird registration has been extended to October 6 so that you can take advantage of our reduced registration rates.

    Register now as spaces are limited!

    With a vision to stimulate national dialogue around critical issues, and provide an opportunity for people to develop a strategy for collective action, the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA) will host its inaugural conference Fulbright Alumni: Leadership in a new era on Saturday 18 November at the University of Melbourne. The conference will be launched with a free public Salon on the evening of Friday 17 November, Challenges for Liveability in Australia's cities: Have we reached a tipping point? with Keynote Speaker Professor Billie Giles-Corti.

    The AFAA chose the conference theme and Salon topic in their conviction that we have entered a challenging new era, in which old ways of seeing and acting no longer apply; and that leadership is needed, more than ever, in critical areas of our society. The question posed by both events is: how can we help strengthen economic, cultural, environmental, and social sustainability for this new global age by providing leadership to form a new agenda?

    The program features talks from 20 Fulbright alumni from a diverse range of backgrounds. The keynote and panellist sessions are designed to inspire attendees to take on leadership roles in this new era across all aspects of building a sustainable society.  Prof Bob Carr’s keynote, “Leading change in a new era: Challenges and Opportunities” and the panel session “What are the greatest gaps in leadership today and how do we fill them” promise to inspire action!  Details of the panellists are available here.


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