The US-UK Fulbright Commission is proud to announce the British scholars from its 2015-2016 cohort. During this academic cycle, 47 British scholars will be going on exchange to study, lecture and/or research in the US.
The scholars celebrated their success with a reception hosted by Jo Johnson, the new Minister for Universities and Science at Lancaster House on Thursday, 9 July. It was also a chance to wave farewell to our departing 2014-2015 cohort of US Scholars.
The Commission is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the US Department of State, with additional support coming from the Scottish Government and a variety of individual and institutional partners.
Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Universities and Science said: “I know first-hand the benefits that international educational exchange brings to individuals and society. I welcome the Fulbright Programme and the life-changing opportunities that it provides for students and researchers, based on the long-standing partnership between the UK and US Governments.”
Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the US and beyond. They will be ambassadors of the programme fulfilling Senator Fulbright’s vision of a world brought closer together through academic exchange. We are honoured to have the new minister, Jo Johnson, hosting our reception and wishing our scholars bon voyage and are hugely grateful for the continued support of the UK government.”
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.
Among the recipients are:
- Jason Sarfo-Annin, an East London native, who undertook his medical training at the University of Oxford. During his Fulbright year Jason will pursue a Master of Public Health degree, focused on Health Policy and Management, at Harvard University. He hopes to better understand how universal healthcare, free at the point of need, can be better organised to become sustainable in both high and low resource countries.
- Katie Revell is a filmmaker and translator with a particular interest in documentary, originally from Scotland but spent time living in Germany and India. She has a degree in German and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. As a student at The New School for Public Engagement, she hopes to develop her understanding of filmmaking not just a means to an end product, but as a tool for empowerment, communication and bridge-building between disparate, even antagonistic, groups.
- Gabriela Misca completed her PhD at Newcastle University studying children who grew up in Romanian orphanages. Currently a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Worcester, Gabriela will spend 10 months in Boston, Massachusetts, hosted by the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the William James College collaborating with both practice agencies and research partners in identifying best practice in supporting military families and assess their cultural transferability.
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 scholar awards for academics and professionals to postgraduate-level student awards, to the undergraduate-level US summer 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 US and UK.
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.
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Notes to Editors: Full details regarding the awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and awards categories, can be found on our 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.
About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author and Commissioner Toby Young and the economist and noble prize winner Milton Friedman.
About the Fulbright Awards Programme: Each year, the Commission supports UK and US citizens to study, lecture, conduct research or focus on professional development at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and nearly 12,000 US nationals in the UK on our educational exchange programmes.
About the Fulbright Advisory Service: The US-UK Fulbright Commission also supports US-UK exchange through its Advisory Service. The Fulbright Advising Team provides a wide range of information and hosts events for individuals interested in any level of US study. The Fulbright Advisory Service is the UK’s only official source of information on educational opportunities in the US and is part of the EducationUSA network of over 450 US advising centres worldwide.