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Cybersecurity in universities – Study visits to the US

Fulbright  Bulgaria together with Fulbright Commissions based in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovak Republic invites you to apply for cybersecurity study visits in the U.S.

! Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the application deadline is extended to October 30, 2020, while the expected visits are planned for June-September, 2021.

A 3-week visit designed for university representatives, will be organized in June – September 2021 (departures will depend on the COVID19 situation).*

*Please note: We are closely monitoring the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations it poses on international travel. Updates will be published online: https://fulbright.edu.pl/cybersecurity/.

Scholars representing either public or private universities that have cybersecurity programs (or with a program near to open) are eligible to apply.

Recruitment criteria & eligibility:

  • Both public and private universities are invited to apply.
  • Participants from the following countries are eligible to apply: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovak Republic.
  • Applicants with English command at a minimum B2 level can apply.
  • Universities that plan to establish new, well-designed cybersecurity programs and/or foster the development and strengthening of already existing ones.
  • Applicants with strong academic and/or professional background in the field, position allowing actual influence on the cybersecurity program conducted or planned at their institution and a strong motivation to work on that are our priority.
  • All else being equal, preference is given to early career scholars.

Learning objectives:

  • To acquaint participants with the scope of cybersecurity studies conducted in the US, the catalogue of specializations and most common course content/curriculum,
  • to showcase several examples of successful cybersecurity Ms/ Bs/ certification programs run by distinguished US universities,
  • to reflect upon best practices in organizing and running cybersecurity programs,
  • to discuss the most current challenges in cybersecurity and studies devoted to the subject,
  • to familiarize the group with the latest developments in cybersecurity.

The program of the visit features:

  • Travel to several locations in the U.S.: Washington D.C., Virginia, Georgia, California.
  • A 5-day-long training program at Marymount University – see proposed draft program;
  • Meetings with several universities’ faculty and administrators of cybersecurity programs (i.e. Marymount University, Virginia Tech)
  • Meetings with practitioners in the field of cybersecurity – both business and state-related entities,
  • Visits to tech companies.

Highlights* expected to be included in the visit’s program: University of California Berkeley and/or Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the big five tech companies headquarters (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or Google).

*Note: We do not guarantee meetings with entities explicitly named here. Efforts will be made to secure the specified meetings but in some cases suitable alternatives may be arranged.

The final program will be tailored to the specific needs of the recruited group.

The program is offered free of charge and with following costs covered by the organizers: insurance, visa costs, flights to/from the U.S. and local travel in the U.S., hotels, meals and incidental expenses while in the U.S.. Participants are required to cover local transportation costs in their own countries if necessary, personal expenses and miscellaneous. The program is conducted entirely in English with no translation provided.

To apply for cybersecurity study visit please fill in the online application form: https://form.jotform.com/200704780181045

The deadline for application is on OCTOBER 30, 2021 at 23:59 Warsaw time. Please also visit the website of the Polish Fulbright Commission for reference: https://fulbright.edu.pl/cybersecurity/ The list of successful applicants will be published online.

Please note:

  • you are expected to provide us with a list of 3 persons (+contact details) whom we can ask for recommendations,
  • you are expected to upload a letter of support from a supervisor at your home university describing plans for opening cybersecurity program, if your university does not have one yet,
  • successful applicants will travel to the U.S. on J-1 short-term visas which are subject to specific requirements and restrictions, please see information online.

The program is organized in partnership with two U.S.-based entities: World Learning Inc. and Marymount University and funded by the U.S. Department of State.

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