Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)


  • 25 Aug 2017 11:29 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)
    We are excited to announce that our inaugural Conference will be opened Friday November 17th at 6pm with a Salon event hosted by the Victorian Chapter of AFAA and supported by University of Melbourne. This year's Salon theme is Challenges for Liveability in Australia's cities: Have we reached a tipping point?.

    The Salon will feature two leading experts in designing liveable and sustainable communities: Prof Billie Giles-Corti and Dr Iain Butterworth.

    For the full details of our Salon please visit the conference page and make sure to register for both the Salon and full Conference!



    Prof Billie Giles-Corti is the Distinguished Professor and Director of RMIT University’s Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform. She is passionate about building healthy, liveable and sustainable communities. For two decades, Giles-Corti and her multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on our health and wellbeing. It’s critical work. For Giles-Corti, the future of our urban spaces is being decided today.  “We need to create affordable higher-density housing in green leafy communities, with local shops and services and employment using high-quality public transport and walking and cycling infrastructure.”

    Dr Iain Butterworth is trained in community psychology with a strong interest in the interrelationship between urban design, planning, governance and well-being. Iain is currently National President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, and an honorary Associate Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Since 2010, Iain has worked with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and is currently the Manager of Population Health and Planning for East Division Health. Here, Iain is helping to implement the Victorian Labor Government's policy commitment to fostering “Liveable, Inclusive and Sustainable Communities”.
  • 24 Aug 2017 9:53 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    AFAA is excited to be hosting our inaugural conference November 17-18th at the Woodward Conference Centre in Melbourne. The event is shaping up to be an exciting one. 

    The theme of our inaugural conference is Fulbright Alumni: Leadership in a new era.  We have entered a challenging new era, in which old ways of seeing and acting no longer seem to apply.  Leadership is needed, more than ever, on a number of fronts. The question is: how can we help strengthen economic prosperity, cultural vibrancy, environmental responsibility, and social justice for this new global age by providing leadership to form a new agenda?

    We are seeking exciting contributions to the program.  Please submit your abstract today!

  • 28 Jun 2017 9:26 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)
    AFAA is excited to announce our inaugural conference, to be held Saturday 18th November in Melbourne. We plan to host one-day conferences every 1-2 years in rotating locations. Our vision for the conferences is that they provide an opportunity for our members to come together at a national event that provides (i) stimulating dialogue around pressing issues; and (ii) an opportunity for people to develop a strategy for collective action.

    The theme of our inaugural conference is Fulbright Alumni: Leadership in a new era. We have entered a challenging new era, in which old ways of seeing and acting no longer seem to apply.  Leadership is needed, more than ever, on a number of fronts. The question 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?

    This conference will bring together leaders from across these four broad thought streams aligned with the four pillars of sustainability (economic prosperity, cultural vibrancy, environmental responsibility, and social justice). The conference will feature invited keynote presentations, panel sessions, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, breakout sessions, and social events to generate an action agenda. We seek your proposals for concurrent presentations and poster presentations to inspire action and challenge the status quo.  For full guidelines on the sessions and a link for submitting proposal visit the Call for Presentations. Spread the word and circulate our event flier to your fellow Fulbright Alumni and Friends.

    The conference will open with a public salon on the evening of Friday 17th November.  This event follows in the tradition of the annual Victorian Chapter Salons and is kindly hosted, catered and sponsored by the University of Melbourne. Last year’s salon, ‘Remaining Democratic in Extreme Times’ attracted a full-house with 165 people. (This year’s topic to be determined: please share your ideas, including whether you would like to present.) This event is free but conference attendees must register separately here.

    Registration for the conference is open - it's a great opportunity to register before the end of financial year!

    Please contact us with any questions at

  • 26 Jun 2017 11:17 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)
    The Victorian Chapter of the AFAA held an enjoyable group get-together Thursday June 15th in the Leather Room, Melbourne University House. Melbourne University Vice Chancellor’s office has generously made this room available for quarterly AFAA meetings throughout 2017. The meeting, held around the fireside, was attended by two US scholars, Shruti Gujaran and Raechel French and Fulbright alumni across various disciplines, including law, education, music, public health, gerontology and community engagement. The active participation by the Acting Consul General, Mr. Ron Lay and Cultural Affairs Officer, Ms. Kelli Long of the US Consulate was greatly appreciated.

    In the first part of the meeting Dr Elizabeth Brooke (Victorian Chapter President), reiterated values contained the higher education conference keynote address by Ambassador (ret.) Jeff Bleich (march 3rd 2017).  This speech contains a profound and comprehensive analysis of recent US political events and proposes an inspirational platform for future action. It emphasizes the role of universities and importance of certainty, analysis and education in dealing with political and social futures.

    Dr Iain Butterworth, National AFAA president outlined recent AFAA developments and future plans for a national conference in November (watch the website for the launch of this event shortly).

    In the second part of the meeting, the presentations of the US scholars combined science and humanitarian concerns which absolutely validate the intent of the Fulbright Scholarships. The US scholars showed the potential in their projects of expanding to cross-cultural domains applied in different communities. The discussion revealed crossovers between their interests and those of participants, notably in education, public health and building liveable and safe communities.

    Shruti Gujuran’s project, based at the University of Melbourne focused on antibiotic resistance in hospital-acquired infections under the direction of Professor Richard Strugnell. She reported that her visit exceeded her expectations and she has expanded the application of her project to include indigenous, refugee and local volunteer projects concerning health care and educational disparities. Shrutri has completed her Fulbright scholarship and is currently returning to the US.

    Raechel French’s research as an educational space planner is focused on designing school environments. Her architecture background has been fused with human-environment relations focusing on facility planning and management. In her work she aligns a school's pedagogy, its organisational structures and its spatial design. While in Australia, she is working on an ongoing ARC Linkage Project, Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change. Raechel is at the midpoint of her Fulbright Scholarship.

  • 19 Jun 2017 12:45 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Have you browsed our Events Calendar? We post all AFAA hosted events to this calendar, but we would love for it to be a resource for the broader Fulbright community. If you have a relevant event that you would like to advertise to fellow Fulbright alumni, send the event details to us ( and we will post it to our calendar. 

    Make sure to watch the Calendar for upcoming events and login to your member profile and ensure your group memberships (for local chapters) are up to date. We always email chapter groups to notify members of relevant local events.

  • 31 May 2017 2:03 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    The Fulbright Commission has launched their Fulbright Alumni Engagement Program (FAEP, We encourage our members, as active members of the Fulbright Alumni community, to apply for these grants when hosting local events. The application process is simple and will provide an excellent resource for our members to connect with one another and the wider alumni community. 

    Details of the FAEP from the Commission:

    Through the FAEP small grants are available to support activities aimed at engaging scholars and alumni with the Fulbright Program and with each other. The grantees are teams of at least three Fulbright alumni residing in Australia. Applications are received on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

    Some examples of how FAEP grants may be used are:

    ·        Holding gatherings to welcome Fulbrighters who move to a new city;

    ·        Running seminars, symposia or fora that address regional or global problems;

    ·        Creating initiatives to find “lost alumni” and reconnect them with the Commission and other Fulbrighters.

  • 31 May 2017 1:50 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Ever wonder who else is a Fulbright alumnus? Moving to new a city and wanting to connect into the Fulbright network? Or just fancy a coffee to share fond memories of your Fulbright experience?

    We hope that our new Local Contacts page will serve as a resource for these occasions and more.  We have 29 contacts across Australia and abroad. Visit our Local Contacts page to browse AFAA members who have provided their contact details so that they can serve as a resource to Fulbrighters and friends:

  • 31 May 2017 1:41 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    The AFAA AGM was hosted in Canberra March 9th.  The event was well attended and hosted stimulating discussions around the strategic future of AFAA.  The AGM confirmed the continuing roles of current National Committee members and welcomed Peter Jarvis as a new general member of the National Committee.  For a summary of AFAA's 2016 see the 2016 report (Fulbright report 2016.pdf) and for a full accounting of the AGM see the meeting minutes (AFAA AGM 2017 Minutes.pdf). 

  • 09 Feb 2017 8:07 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    We are  accepting nominations for General Members of the Committee and Treasurer.  Please consider nominating yourself. It is a great way to serve your Alumni community and it can be good fun! For more information or to nominate yourself for a Committee position email your details to:

  • 15 Dec 2016 2:07 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    The 2017 AGM has been scheduled for March 9, 2017 in Canberra.  For more details visit the events page:  For notification of event detail updates register your attendance and you will receive emails directly as we set venue, time and agenda. 

Australia Fulbright Alumni Association. ACT Registered No. A01934. ABN 99 730 723 674. PO Box 5037, University of TAS LPO, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005.

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