Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

Download PDF Download PDF
Fulbright Scholar Award

Improving Media and Information Literacy

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

The Scholar is expected to co-teach a course in Media and Information Literacy (MIL) to first year students in the Communication Sciences Bachelor Program, at the University College Beder in Tirana. This course will be taught for the first time at an Albanian university in the academic year 2022-2023.  The course aims to analyze the goals and methods of different media industries, to identify the effects that media has on people, to understand the potential benefits and negative effects of content in the media, and to identify techniques to become more informed consumers of information on an individual and societal level. Students will develop the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms. They will also develop critical skills that will empower them to effectively engage with traditional media and new technologies.

The scholar will also be asked to teach seminar classes related to MIL in the “News Writing and Reporting” course. In addition, the scholar will co-organize and co-teach a faculty development program offering 2-3 workshops on MIL, and an extra-curricular module with students in the departments of English, Islamic Studies, Education.  The scholar will also serve on the steering committee for an international scientific conference in Media and Information Literacy organized by the Department of Communication Sciences.

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Award Length
Five months
Award Dates

October 2022 - February 2023


University College Beder, Tirana
Beder University College started its academic activities during the 2011-2012 academic year and operates in compliance with the Albanian Law on Higher Education, offering studies in the first and second level (3+2) according to the Bologna Accord.
Beder University College has two faculties, the Humanities and Law faculty and the Technology and Business faculty.  It also has three research centers, and publishes the Beder Journal of Humanities, the Beder Journal of Educational Sciences, and the Albanian Journal of Law and Society.
Beder University College has numerous agreements with national and international universities and research centers and has partnered with them in organizing conferences, seminars, research projects, and exchange programs for students and academic staff. These include but are not limited to The White House and State Department university initiative P2P: Challenging Violent Extremism; JESSUP - Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition for law students; Interfaith dialogue - Academic cooperation with Muslim Community of Albania; and Scholas Occurrentes, an initiative aimed at young people in the world integrating public and private school students of all religions. 
Beder College University is home to several State Department Exchange alumni.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

Media and Information Literacy

Application Deadline
Activity Type
Professional Project

A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.


Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.


Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Number of Recipients
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

Related Awards


Teach courses at the undergraduate or graduate level or both in area of specialization. Conduct research in area of specialization.  Pending specific program needs, the Scholars may also be asked to assist with curriculum revision or new course development. Albanian universities could utilize...


The Scholar will work with faculty members to strengthen the pedagogical component of the courses they teach to students pursuing studies in the Initial Training Program of the School of Magistrates.  Through this award, the Scholar will help the next generation of Albania’s judges and...