Our Fulbright Judges: Imagine Dragons, Rita Ora & Steve Aoki

  by mtvU.

We are psyched to announce the new line-up of artists who will review and help nominate candidates for the 2013-2014 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships. The review panel includes: rock band Imagine Dragons, who are headlining a two month North American tour commencing February 8 behind their platinum-selling single, “It’s Time” and their gold-certified debut album Night Visions; British singer-songwriter and “2013 BRIT Awards” nominee Rita Ora; and DJ/Producer and founder of Dim Mak Records Steve Aoki.

“It’s an honor to be a small part of a program that does so much good. Music is such a universal means of communication – it seems fitting that the Fulbright Fellowship uses it as a tool to make a positive cross-culture impact,” said Imagine Dragons. “We’re excited to see the applicants’ proposals.”

“When mtvU approached me about being involved in the Fulbright scholarship selection process, I agreed without hesitation. As a proud alumnus of UCSB, with a double major in Social Science and Women’s Studies, I know first-hand how important a college education is,” said Steve Aoki. “Without that experience I don’t know that I would have been able to successfully start and operate my own label, Dim Mak, for more than 15 years. I’m excited and proud to be able to help others to further their education.”

The Fellowships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Institute of International Education, were established to promote the “power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding. Applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowships are being accepted now through March 1, 2013 and you can apply right here. The final selection will be made by the Presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Winners of the 2012-2013 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships are currently conducting research in Kosovo, India, Barbados and Botswana for one academic year – on projects of their own design – around an aspect of international musical culture.

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