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U.S. Department Of State And MtvU Unveil First-Ever Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships
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The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, announced the first four winners of the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships, inaugurated this year to promote "the power of music" as a global force for mutual understanding.

The new Fellowships, administered by the Institute of International Education, have been awarded to Larnies Bowen of New York University, Phally Chroy of Temple University, James Collins of Harvard University, and Aaron Shneyer of Georgetown University.

Recipients were chosen through a multi-tiered, merit-based selection process beginning with field and discipline merit review by U.S. and overseas academic leaders and area experts. mtvU and musical icons Fiona Apple, James Mercer of The Shins, Common, and Perry Farrell of Satellite Party next reviewed and nominated candidates. Final selection was made by the Presidentially appointed Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

As a result of overwhelming response to the inaugural cycle, the Fulbright program and mtvU also announced that they are launching their search for the next Fulbright-mtvU Fellows. Applications will be accepted through October 19, 2007, and more information is available at

The first four Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship winners will conduct research abroad for one academic year on study projects of their own design around an aspect of international musical culture. Winners will share their experiences with their peers during their Fulbright year via video reports, blogs and podcasts that will be showcased on mtvU and

Through the creation of this new fellowship, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and mtvU are promoting the role of music in mutual understanding, invigorating interest in international education among U.S. college and university students, and furthering the positive impact of public-private partnerships.

Inaugural Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships

Larnies Bowen, an undergraduate student at New York University in Politics of Language and Identity in the Caribbean, will travel to Panama to study Panamanian Reggae music as a vehicle for understanding West Indian-Panamanian identity, culture, and collective experience.

Phally Chroy, who is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts at Temple University in Film and Media Arts, will travel to Cambodia to make a documentary examining the reclamation of Cambodia's lost musical heritage of the 1950s and 60s – music outlawed during the reign of the Khmer Rouge regime – and how the post-Khmer generation has used this music to reconstruct their identity and rediscover their cultural roots.

James Collins, who will graduate from Harvard University in June 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies, will travel to South Africa to create a documentary film exploring the impact and influence of marching band music on underprivileged South African youth.

Aaron Shneyer, who earned a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from Georgetown University, will travel to Jerusalem to develop a year-long music program that that will bring together Israeli and Palestinian high school students to write and play music together, culminating in performances in their own communities.


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