The U.S. State Department announced Monday that Canadian rock duo Tegan and Sara will sit on a panel of experts selecting recipients for a Fulbright Fellowship that focuses on research in musical culture.
The 2014-15 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is an annual grant allowing recipients to conduct one academic year of research to explore music as a common language that transcends borders and cultures through projects of their own design.
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After academic leaders, area experts, Fulbright commissions and U.S. embassies overseas review the applications, the Blue Ribbon Panel will then nominate top candidates and forward them to a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for final selection. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28.
In addition to the indie rock sister duo from Calgary, other panel members include Scottish synthpop band Chvrches and Dutch DJ Hardwell.
The U.S. government’s Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program, supported by the U.S. and partner countries around the world.
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Finding a niche in academia, Tegan and Sara recently announced that they will be part of a group of musicians teaching an online course at Stanford University, focused on music as a tool for unlocking creative potential.
The sister duo also collaborated on a song featured on the soundtrack for The Lego Movie, a current box office hit. The song Everything Is Awesome debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart.