Announcing the British Fulbright Scholars for 2014-2015

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is proud to announce the British scholars from its 2014-2015 cohort. During this academic cycle, 42 British scholars will be going on exchange to study, lecture and/or research in the U.S.

The scholars will be celebrating their success with a reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun at Winfield House, his London residence on Wednesday, 9 July.

Fulbright scholars come from many geographic regions of the UK, and their fields of study and their US host institutions are equally diverse. While on exchange, the cohort puts into practice the Fulbright mission of fostering leadership, learning and understanding between cultures.

View the biographies of all of the British participants on the Fulbright website (PDF, 16 pages).

Among the recipients are:

  • Rachel Bull, a Doncaster native, taught history in East Hull as part of the Teach First programme after graduating from Oxford. As well as studying sociology, Rachel hopes to use Columbia University’s links with New York’s urban communities to look at the factors affecting aspiration in young people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Amakai Kefas is a homicide detective in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).  She has a degree in Law and Criminology and a master’s in Criminology from the London School of Economics. She worked as a Researcher at the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) before joining the MPS, and co-authored “The role of alcohol in Police related deaths” published by the PCA. Her research project will explore how greater engagement and involvement with volunteer community patrol groups can provide an effective approach to crime prevention and increase reporting of certain crime types
  • James Pearson, a graduate of Bristol University, completed his doctoral research at Cardiff University investigating the immune system in Type 1 Diabetes. Alongside his research he ran a diabetes patient group, campaigned for diabetes rights at the Welsh Assembly, and was involved with World Diabetes Day in Cardiff. As a Fulbright Scholar, James he will continue his research at Yale.
  • Satbir Chowdry is a human rights activist, who for the last five years he has worked in India with civil society organisations and government agencies. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oxford and received his master’s from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Satbir will be pursuing an MPA at Columbia University and hopes to refine his understanding of how institutional design can shape social and economic outcomes in developing countries.

The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the UK upon returning.

Fulbright remains the only organisation offering scholarships for study or research in any field, at any accredited institution in the US and UK. Exchange schemes vary in terms of level and field of study: from the Distinguished Chair Awards for senior-level academics to postgraduate-level student awards, to the undergraduate-level US Summer Institutes programmes on topics such as Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental Stewardship. No matter what level, all awards are united under a common aim “to generate a deeper understanding of the differing cultures and peoples of the world” as described by the late Senator Fulbright. Recipients will be tomorrow’s leaders and support the next generation to value “the special relationship” between the U.S. and UK.

The Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the US Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners.

The Fulbright Programme is the flagship international exchange scholarship programme between the United States and operates in 155 countries worldwide. It promotes the goals of academic excellence and cultural understanding.

For press enquiries, contact:

Jamie Dunn
Communication Officer and Educational Advisor
0207 498 4020

Rebecca Cobby
Programme Coordinator – UK Scholars
0207 498 4015

Notes to Editors: Full details regarding the awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and awards categories, can be found on the Fulbright commission website. For information about past Scholars please visit the Meet Our Fulbrighters section of the website. View the biographies of all of the British participants.