Being a Fulbrighter doesn’t end with the conclusion of your Fulbright grant period; it’s a part of your identity that you can continue to nourish by getting involved with your local alumni association. Local alumni associations offer opportunities for professional, intellectual and social interaction with other Fulbrighters.
Alumni associations hold regular events and publish news of interest to the larger Fulbright community. Joining an alumni association is a great way to stay connected to the Fulbright program and to network with other Fulbright alumni. Since the inception of the program in 1949, more than 1,500 Americans have been to Norway with a Fulbright grant, and more than 3,600 Norwegian Fulbrighters can look back on a year in the United States. Interacting with your fellow Fulbrighters is a good way to establish useful networking partners, and to expand your own horizons.
For Norwegians, your local alumni group is the Fulbright Alumni Association of Norway (FAAN) an energetic group that organizes a couple of larger events throughout the year. FAAN also sponsors the Norwegian Fulbright “article of the year” awards, for both established and younger researchers.
If you’re not already a member, or would like to be more involved, please don’t hesitate to contact them. You are also encouraged to become a member of the larger multinational alumni organizations.
For Americans, the best way to keep in touch is through one of the large alumni organizations, organized by region in the US. If you are interested in keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in Norway, consider joining the Fulbright Alumni Association of Norway
Both Norwegian and American alumni of the Norwegian Fulbright program are warmly encouraged to join the global Fulbright networking platform, Fulbrighternetwork.com.