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Paige Haber-Curran Receives Fulbright Award to Austria

Paige Haber-Curran from the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Austria in the area of Leadership Development from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Haber-Curran will be researching and lecturing at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences as part of a project to develop and examine emotionally intelligent leadership in Austrian business administration graduate education. 

"I am thrilled to be selected for this honor. I am very passionate about topics of leadership and emotional intelligence, as I think they are central to building positive and thriving relationships, organizations, and communities. I'm very excited to both teach and research these in an Austrian context. Salzburg University of Applied Sciences has included leadership, emotional intelligence, and social skills as key components of their business management graduate education and I'm excited to collaborate with colleagues there to help advance this great and timely work."

Haber-Curran is one of over 1,200 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide. 

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program's establishment in 1964 under legislation introduced by U.S, Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, Since then, the Program has given more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges–from sustainable energy and climate change to public health and food security–in all areas, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States and the world. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 54 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 33 who have served as a head of state or government. 

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. 

For further information about the Fulbright Program of the U.S. Department of State, please visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or email ECCA-Press@state.egov.