Scam Alert:

Targeting International Students

The University of Pennsylvania Police Department is currently investigating incidents involving charity fraud. On or about August 26, 1995 at approximately 1:30 a.m., telephone calls were placed to international students from a woman who said she represented a local charity, that funds were immediately needed in response to an emergency, and that she would meet with the students at their home addresses to collect the donations.

If you have received a call similar to the one described above, or if you can provide any information regarding such calls, please contact one of the below-listed telephone numbers:

Penn Police, 898-7297, or Victim Support/Special Services, 898-7297 or 898-6600

Safety Tips

* Charities do not solicit during the late night or early morning hours. If you receive a solicitation call at an unusual time, write down everything you remember about the call and contact the police.

* To verify the legitimacy of any charity, request the name of the caller and the name of the charity that they represent. Check the White Pages or contact Directory Assistance for the telephone number of the charity. Then contact the charity and confirm that said person is authorized to collect funds on their behalf.

* Do not give your credit card number or automated teller machine personal identification number (ATM PIN) to unknown persons who call over the telephone.

* For information regarding how to restrict access to your local address and telephone number, please contact the Victim Support and Special Services office (3927 Walnut Street) at 898-4481.

Correction: In the following re-published policy, spacing has been corrected to reflect that the last sentence is an integral part of the policy. Otherwise the language is identical with that published September 5.--Ed.

Nondiscrimination Statement Required

In addition to its commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action, the University is required by federal law to include in its recruitment materials and general information publications, a notice of nondiscrimination. The complete University nondiscrimination statement is printed here for your information. It should be used without modification. If you have any questions regarding its use, please call the Office of Affirmative Action at 898-6993 (Voice) or 898-7803 (TDD).

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment.

Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to Anita Jenious, Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action, 1133 Blockley Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021 or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

Opportunities in International Study

Annual Competition For Fulbright Grants

United States Information Agency (USIA), the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Institute of International Education (IIE) announce the 1996-97 competition for Fulbright Grants and other grants for graduate study abroad in academic fields and for professional training in the creative and performing arts.

The purpose of these grants is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Fulbright Grants are funded under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 through an annual appropriation made by Congress to USIA and by foreign governments, universities, corporations and private donors. Fulbright Grants are available for study or research. Travel grants are available to selected countries to supplement maintenance awards from other sources that do not provide funds for international travel or to supplement the applicant's personal funds. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates and has final authority for the awarding of grants.

For all grants, applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. Creative and performing artists are not required to have a bachelor's degree, but they must have four years of relevant training or study. Candidates in medicine must have an M.D. or equivalent (e.g., D.D.S., O.D., etc.) at the time of application.

All applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out their proposed study or research.

Full grants provide round-trip international travel, maintenance for the tenure of the award a research allowance, and tuition waivers, if applicable. Travel grants provide round-trip international travel to the country where the student will pursue study or research. All grants include health and accident insurance.

Complete program and application information is contained in the brochure, "Fulbright Grants and other grants for graduate study and research abroad, 1996-97."

Students currently enrolled at Penn should contact, Ann Kuhlman, OIP, the Fulbright Program Adviser on campus, located in 133 Bennett Hall for brochures, application forms and further information The deadline for the receipt of applications is October 2, 1995. Applications will be reviewed on campus prior to being forwarded to IIE for the October 23, 1995 deadline.

Lady Davis Fellowships in Israel: November 30 Deadline

Awards for study, research or teaching on graduate, post-doctoral or professorial levels at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem or the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, are availble for the 1996-97 academic year.

Lady Davis Fellows are selected on the basis of demonstrated excellence in their studies and promise of distinction in their chosen field of specialization, as well as on qualities of mind, intellect and character.

Graduate Fellowships--only students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program overseas are eligible to apply for the Fellowship at the Hebrew University. Applicants for the Technion must have completed their studies with excellent marks.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships--candidates may apply not later than 3 years after completion of their Ph.D. dissertation. The grant is intended to defray the cost of the Fellows' travel, tuition (where applicable) and to meet reasonable living expenses.

Visiting Professorships--are intended for candidates with the rank of Full or Associate Professor at their own institution. They are tenable for one or two semesters. The grant includes a professorial salary and travel.

All Fellows are subject to acceptance and approval by the respective institutions. Application forms can be obtained directly from the

Lady Davis Trust,
P.O. Box 1255,
Jerusalem 91904, Israel.

Completed applications for all levels of the Fellowship must reach the office of the Trust not later than November 30,1995.

Berlin Funds for Ph.D. Candidates: February 1, 1996 Deadline

Scholarships for one-year dissertation research or coursework at the Free University of Berlin (F.U. Berlin) are available October 1996 to July 1997 for Ph.D. candidates in the School of Arts and Sciences.

The student must be proficient in German since all instruction is in German. Also, the student's field of study must be available at F.U. Berlin. F.U. Berlin will provide ten months' support to cover housing, meals, health insurance, fees and books. Total value is DM 12,800 (approximately $8,000). An application and supporting documents should be submitted to the Office of International Programs by February 1, 1996. For more information contact either the home department chair, graduate chair, or Ms. Amy Grat, Overseas Program Manager, Office of International Programs, 133 Bennett Hall/6275, 898-4665.