A Century of Australian-American Mateship
Published 4/4/2018 in News
2018 will see the launch of four one-off Fulbright Scholarships to enhance and strengthen our understanding of Australia-U.S. relations.
The Fulbright Scholarships in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies were announced by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as a feature of the Australian Government’s ‘First 100 years of Mateship’ campaign, marking a century of bilateral partnership in war and peace. Co-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the U.S. State Department, the awards will enable Australian scholars to pursue short-term study in U.S. universities, and vice versa.
This investment celebrates a relationship of vital importance to both countries, and serves as a further contribution to the strong ties among our universities and scholars. In 2016, over 10,000 American students studied in Australian educational institutions, and close to 5,000 Australians studied in the U.S.
Each year this bilateral knowledge-sharing grows, as more of our world-class educational institutions produce exceptional candidates for academic exchange.
The Fulbright Program, as the flagship foreign exchange program of the U.S, has acted as a conduit for these connections for nearly seventy years, awarding over 5,000 scholarships to candidates from both countries since it commenced in Australia in 1949. These scholarships will be a fitting tribute to these links, and to 100 years of Australian-American ties forged in shared struggle.
This year, both countries commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Hamel, in which Sir John Monash became the first non-American to command U.S. soldiers in an offensive action.