2020-21 British Postgraduate Award grantees

Manú Bartlett

Manú Bartlett

Postgraduate Award at The New School, The New School - Anthropology

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Manú Bartlett

Manú Bartlett

Postgraduate Award at The New School, The New School - Anthropology

By growing up between London and Lima (Peru) Manú gained a bicultural understanding of non-normative identities and inequalities. She studied Geography at the London School of Economics, where she wrote a first-class thesis on “Latin Americans in London: ‘Othering’ and the Coloniality of Power”. While at the LSE Manú was selected to undertake a year-long exchange to SciencesPo University in France, where she studied Latin American Social Sciences. After her BA she joined the prestigious UK Department for International Development, gaining experience in international diplomacy and humanitarian programming. Manú’s long term research interests are centred around the global Latinx diaspora. She has chosen to study an MA in Anthropology at the New School due to her interests in postcolonial theory, ethnomusicology, migration, and linguistic identity. After her MA Manú hopes to continue this research to PhD level. By becoming a lifelong Fulbrighter, Manú’s work will aim to contribute to the acquisition of knowledge, in order to solve global inequalities and to represent the needs of marginal communities.

Philip Bell

Philip Bell

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - International Education

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Philip Bell

Philip Bell

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - International Education

Phil is from Belfast, in Northern Ireland. He graduated from Oxford with a first-class History degree in 2014. He then became a teacher through the Teach First program and taught at Alec Reed Academy in Northolt, West London, and then at School 21 in Stratford. During this time he volunteered as a Limited Resource Teacher Training Fellow in Penang, Malaysia, and on Chios island, Greece.

These experiences have driven an interest in developing lifelong learning systems that form a coherent journey from early years to adult education. Phil is particularly interested in how work readiness and citizenship can complement one another, especially with regard to climate education and re-skilling for a just transition. At Harvard Phil will pursue an Ed.M. in International Education Policy to explore policy pathways that might point towards a holistic lifelong learning system in the UK, as well as the technology systems which can support this. While in America, Phil hopes to take inspiration from the US community college system, as well as innovative projects such as High Tech High and Harlem Children's Zone. He also hopes to play sport, including cycling and outdoor swimming.

Ciara Brown

Ciara Brown

All Disciplines Award, University of Southern California - Astrophysics

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Ciara Brown

Ciara Brown

All Disciplines Award, University of Southern California - Astrophysics

Ciara grew up with a passion for space and has witnessed exceptional UK and international astronauts push the boundaries of what is considered possible. Completing a University of Hertfordshire degree in Astrophysics galvanized her into using STEM in a hands-on manner. The University of Southern California is one of a handful of universities in the world that offers a masters in Astronautical Engineering, and Southern California is in the heart of the US aerospace industry. Her specific research is focused on space exploration and advanced spacecraft propulsion systems. This intriguing field is in its infancy, which gives students like her the ability to create new technologies to benefit space systems research and test innovative theories that have applications extending far beyond use in engineering. Upon her return to the UK, Ciara plans to help drive innovation in British Space Systems, promote STEM education at grassroots levels to support Generation Alpha and beyond, as well as achieving her PhD. She is extremely grateful to the Fulbright Programme as it has given her the opportunity to live the belief that science is without borders and become part of the next generation of UK space pioneers.

William Carter

William Carter

All Disciplines Award, University of California, Berkeley - Geography

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William Carter

William Carter

All Disciplines Award, University of California, Berkeley - Geography

Right from his first day in school, William has always tried to trace the source of political authority. Receiving the best A-level results in his year, William was awarded a double scholarship to read Politics at the University of Bristol. Whilst there, he teamed up with a senior faculty member to co-found “Phillennials” to teach political philosophy to the world’s teenagers. In his three years at Bristol, William has been invited to attend Commonwealth, Council of Europe and EU policy forums as a youth delegate, expert and paid keynote speaker as well as being selected to give the final address at the closing plenary on the future of the Commonwealth.

William will use his Fulbright award to begin his PhD studies in Human Geography at the University of California, Berkeley – where he will focus on Black and Oceanic Geographies. His original thesis is on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the relationship between slave ships and the practice of throwing overboard the “dead and the dying”, the feeding patterns of sharks, and the formation of Race in the middle passage. At Berkeley, he also hopes to gain a designated emphasis [minor] in Contemporary Political Theory.

Edward Clennett

Edward Clennett

All Disciplines Award, University of Texas at Austin - Geophysics & Seismology

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Edward Clennett

Edward Clennett

All Disciplines Award, University of Texas at Austin - Geophysics & Seismology

Edward grew up in Reading and completed his undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2019. He currently works as a researcher at the University of Oxford, where he has been modelling tectonic plate movement in the eastern Pacific. He will be using his Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a PhD in Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and continue to research plate tectonics. As part of the Geodynamics and Tectonics group, he will be using geodynamic modelling, seismology and geological fieldwork to understand the processes by which tectonic plates move. He hopes to then apply his research to wider issues – for example, by linking plate reconstructions to climate models, or by identifying areas at risk of earthquake hazards. Edward is also a keen saxophone player, so he is excited to join one of the world-class wind orchestras at UT, experience American culture by playing in a marching band at college football matches, and of course enjoy Austin’s incredible live music scene. Finally, he is looking forward to exploring some of America’s stunning national parks – perfectly combining his love of geology and travelling.

Conan Cooper

Conan Cooper

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard Business School - Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies

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Conan Cooper

Conan Cooper

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard Business School - Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies

Since graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2014, Conan has worked for Total S.A. across Europe and Africa, seeking out pockets of creativity to deliver unconventional solutions to conventional problems in the high-stakes, high-stress environment of Offshore Oil and Gas. Conan believes the future of energy is renewable and is excited for that future. However, the hard truth is that Oil and Gas is going to be here for a while; we cannot turn the “taps” off tomorrow without negatively impacting the lives of millions. What is needed is innovation in the industry, to keep pushing it to be better while our energy needs transition.

At Harvard Business School, he will be working to help facilitate this transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future. Conan is fluent in French, depending on who is listening. He is a tenacious health and fitness disciple who cannot resist pizza (despite having a milk allergy). He is terrified of flying but addicted to travelling. He is excited to put on his hiking boots and explore America’s trails!

Nina Dahan-Reljich

Nina Dahan-Reljich

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Writing

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Nina Dahan-Reljich

Nina Dahan-Reljich

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Writing

Nina Dahan-Reljich is a poet and fiction writer. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, where she was awarded the Faculty of Humanities Dean’s Award for Achievement, the Shakespeare Scholarship (2019) the Edith C. Wilson Prize (2020) and the Level 3 Prize for Fiction (2020). She is the Senior Editor and Head of Creative Writing for the University’s English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing academic journal. Her poetry has been published in UK-based literary magazines The Tangerine, The Manchester Review, and Bath Magg, under the name Nina Reljić. Nina will undertake a two-year Writing MFA Program at Columbia University, specialising in Poetry. She hopes to develop her writing practice within the academic and creative environment offered by Columbia, as well as the historic and culturally rich literary setting of New York City. She is looking forward to meeting emerging and experienced writers in the USA with whom she hopes to collaborate on creative projects. Nina is committed to publicising writing as a medium of celebration, reflection and resistance. She aims to publish her poetry as a collection, and eventually establish an independent publishing press.

Brenda Efurhievwe

Brenda Efurhievwe

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Human Rights Law

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Brenda Efurhievwe

Brenda Efurhievwe

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Human Rights Law

Brenda Efurhievwe is a human rights activist and aspiring barrister. “Nigerian by blood, Polish by nationality and British by experience”, she was drawn to the Fulbright Programme due to her high regard for the benefits of intercultural exchange. Brenda obtained a first-class honours LLB in the UK and went on to work as an Asylum Caseworker at UK Visas & Immigration. Witnessing the practical application of the Refugee Convention and its effect on asylum seekers motivated her to undertake research in this field, with a view of influencing asylum policy and practice in the future. Brenda’s research interests focus on refugee law, LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice. She is currently providing remote assistance as a Volunteer Asylum Lawyer with European Lawyers in Lesvos, while continuing to act in the organising committee of Black Protest Legal Support. At Columbia Brenda hopes to benefit from clinical practice in immigration and human rights, while continuing her research into the means of avoiding the current catch-22 mechanism inherent in applying for refugee status. In her spare time Brenda enjoys participating in improv classes, travelling, swimming, cycling and attending the theatre.

Rosy Ellis

Rosy Ellis

Global Wales All Disciplines Award, University of Florida - Education

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Rosy Ellis

Rosy Ellis

Global Wales All Disciplines Award, University of Florida - Education

Rosy is honoured to become a Fulbrighter and to be a part of a programme that values the power of education. Throughout her educational journey Rosy has become acutely aware of how education systems can reproduce and perpetuate social inequalities. Whilst completing her Geography degree at Exeter University, she had the privilege of researching practitioners’ perceptions of inclusive education. She was inspired by the commitment of teachers to valuing each pupil, establishing life-changing relationships and challenging inequalities. This has sparked her passion and life mission of becoming a young, critically conscious, educational leader within Wales. Rosy will study a Master’s at the University of Florida. She will harness what she learns to challenge educational equity issues on a global and local scale, promoting meaningful change. Growing up in Wales (with the best rugby team in the world!), Rosy has developed a strong love for sport. She has used her enthusiasm to create opportunities for women in sport through her role as a Football Development Officer and Coach. Rosy hopes to continue this work in Gainesville, whilst joining as many sports teams as possible. Go Gators!

Lily Freeston

Lily Freeston

Fulbright-BAFTA Postgraduate Scholarship, Northwestern University - Film Directing

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Lily Freeston

Lily Freeston

Fulbright-BAFTA Postgraduate Scholarship, Northwestern University - Film Directing

Lily was privileged to grow up in a vibrant patch of Manchester, surrounded by people with different backgrounds, cultures and life experiences to her own. Where she is from informs the documentaries she makes, which hear from people whose stories often go unheard in mainstream media. After graduating, Lily trained as a youth-worker, supporting young people to run social justice projects in their communities, before becoming a current affairs journalist at the BBC. She has reported on and produced films, radio documentaries and podcasts internationally – looking at low conviction rates for rape and finding out how fatherhood classes reduce violence. A film she co-directed about child marriage screened at a UN summit, and her documentary about female sexual pleasure was reviewed positively by media outlets such as The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph. Lily will be studying documentary filmmaking in Chicago, a city whose history of community organising makes this move the perfect fit for her. Lily’s ambition is to direct films that challenge perceptions and help people to better understand the world we live in. The turbulent, divisive climate we are in makes now an important time to do this.

Julia Hwang

Julia Hwang

All Disciplines Award, Yale University - Music

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Julia Hwang

Julia Hwang

All Disciplines Award, Yale University - Music

Growing up as a solo violinist has given Julia the opportunity to engage with a rich musical culture in the UK and abroad. She was particularly honoured to perform in the BBC4 documentary on The Lark Ascending and to curate and record her recent album “Subito” under Signum Classics. Since graduating from Cambridge, Julia has been performing extensively and exploring the wider socio-cultural impact of music. Her work as an ambassador for BRACE Alzheimer’s Research and the Concordia Foundation has enabled her to combine her passion for performance and charity work. Performing in diverse venues ranging from the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall to hospitals and care homes in London made Julia truly appreciate the potential of music to provide joy and comfort to those who need it most. As a Fulbright Postgraduate student at the Yale School of Music, Julia will be able to tap into a completely new school of teaching and playing, engaging with other musicians and enriching her own interpretation and approach to the musical discipline. Outside of academia she is looking forward to exploring the diverse cultural and physical landscapes of the US, with hiking the Appalachians and the Rockies high up on the to-do list!

David McGregor

David McGregor

Elsevier Data Analytics Award, Harvard University - International Health

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David McGregor

David McGregor

Elsevier Data Analytics Award, Harvard University - International Health

David is an emergency medicine physician based in London. He graduated from University College London and took up a National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellowship after completing his foundation training in Scotland. His clinical research interests revolve around sepsis and tropical diseases – specifically malaria. Having witnessed the transition from paper to electronic health records in clinical practice he is also keen to support the use of large electronic health datasets to improve clinical, operational and strategic decisions. At the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, David will learn to combine his knowledge in medicine, epidemiology and machine learning approaches to improve health and clinical care. Specifically, he aims to focus on advanced epidemiology techniques that make use of micro-organism DNA to identify hotspots of malaria transmission and resistance to treatment. He hopes to use that knowledge to support national malaria control and elimination programmes in endemic regions. He is excited to join the Fulbright programme and looks forwards to fostering friendships and research collaborations around innovations in global health. David dreams of exploring America’s national parks and wilderness and will grab any opportunity to do so in his spare time.

Tim Ramsey

Tim Ramsey

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Harvard University - Educational Psychology

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Tim Ramsey

Tim Ramsey

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Harvard University - Educational Psychology

Having experienced the challenges of being gay in a homophobic school environment, Tim founded a non-profit, Just Like Us, to transform the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) young people growing up today. Since launching in 2016, Just Like Us has trained over 300 LGBT young people as relatable role models, delivering anti-bullying workshops to over 50,000 school students. Their national campaign, School Diversity Week, involved 1,400,000 young people and educators in events that celebrated LGBT+ equality in education in 2019.

With his mission to help young people realise their potential, the Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education will provide the foundation for new work to improve the life chances of other disadvantaged and marginalized groups in education. Tim is excited by the opportunity to learn from other Fulbrighters and gain new perspectives from immersing himself in the US education system. He is also looking forward to dusting off his violin and getting involved in the US country music scene!

Alice Rutter

Alice Rutter

Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs Award, University of Minnesota - Policy Analysis

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Alice Rutter

Alice Rutter

Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs Award, University of Minnesota - Policy Analysis

Since graduating from Sheffield University Medical School in 2014, Alice has learnt that the true art of medicine lies in understanding what is important to the person in front of her and how she can help them achieve that. Working as an NHS doctor in anaesthetics and intensive care in Scotland, this is something she puts at the heart of every patient interaction. Through a Master’s in Public Health, Alice will investigate how policy impacts on health, safety and wellbeing; offers opportunities to improve the lives of many if we get it right; and address the issues that matter in people’s lives. In her work as a Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow, she has helped develop policy to improve healthcare workforce wellbeing with the General Medical Council and is now developing policy for the COVID-19 pandemic response with the Chief Medical Officer’s Team. The Master’s in Public Policy at the Humphrey School, University of Minnesota will help Alice develop her understanding of how policy works in other settings and disciplines. Through this, she hopes she will be better able to contribute to health policy in the UK and to improve the lives of more patients as well as the wider population on her return.

Tom Shirley

Tom Shirley

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Harvard University - Business Administration

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Tom Shirley

Tom Shirley

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Harvard University - Business Administration

During his time in America Tom plans to do a Master’s in Public Policy and an MBA, starting with the MPP at Harvard Kennedy School. Tom has always hoped to have a positive impact with his work. He started his career with Mime Education after realising he was not personally suited for the laboratory, following a Natural Sciences BA at Cambridge. This involved analytics for schools and children’s centres, with the mission to improve the life chances of young people using data. After five years he started his own social enterprise, Illustrating Impact, offering data analytics and visualisation to public sector audiences more broadly and has since worked with clients in education, homelessness, and welfare. Tom has become increasingly interested in public sector commissioning. In 2019 he was offered a Winston Churchill Fellowship to meet international leaders who are combining impact measurement with finance to create more sustainable funding models. He is honoured to receive the Sir Cyril Taylor Fulbright Award to explore the academic principles behind how commissioning policy could be made more effective in both the UK and the USA. He is also excited to explore the United States and visit the national parks.

Tam Trinh

Tam Trinh

Lloyd’s Postgraduate Award, Yale University - Labor Economics

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Tam Trinh

Tam Trinh

Lloyd’s Postgraduate Award, Yale University - Labor Economics

Born in Vietnam and raised in London, Tam is an economist and a policy advisor who will be studying International and Development Economics at Yale. Since her time as an Economics undergraduate at the LSE, her career has evolved significantly. She has developed strategic workforce plans for blue chip clients, overseen employment initiatives in Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour, worked alongside world experts to estimate the size of the Turkish informal economy, and worked on numerous strategic projects at the heart on HM Treasury. She feels grateful to be able to utilise her skills and knowledge through this journey to influence key decision makers and solve some of society’s most pressing issues. Tam’s experience has helped her to realise her passion for putting people at the heart of all economic and policy decisions. She is immensely excited to take this to the next level. At Yale, she plans to focus on the impact of shocks, such as trade and technology shocks on the labour market, and explore the economic opportunities and challenges for policy makers. She is eager to learn from the experts in the field, to strengthen her quantitative skills to support evidence-based policy making, whilst tapping into Fulbright’s rich and diverse network and fully immerse herself in America’s vibrant culture.

Ashley Uruchurtu

Ashley Uruchurtu

Postgraduate Award at Brown University, Brown University - Allergy and Immunology

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Ashley Uruchurtu

Ashley Uruchurtu

Postgraduate Award at Brown University, Brown University - Allergy and Immunology

Originally from Mexico, Ashley has called the UK their home since 2001. In that time, they have learned English, moved cities twice, and become an ambitious young researcher with a background in respiratory immunology. After graduating with a first-class degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield, Ashley took up a research position at Imperial College London. At Imperial, Ashley took part in training and research visits to other laboratories in Europe. These visits imparted on them the immeasurable value of intercultural exchange and the importance of breaking down international barriers in science. For Ashley, the Fulbright award represents a chance to do just that. Ashley is particularly excited to experience graduate life at Brown University in the gorgeous city of Providence, Rode Island. As part of the Pathobiology PhD program, they will be undertaking classes, laboratory placements, and teacher training. They hope that this exchange will help them achieve their dream of creating new opportunities and avenues of investigation for future generations of scientists.

Jackie Wan

Jackie Wan

All Disciplines Award, University of Rochester - Psychiatric Nursing

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Jackie Wan

Jackie Wan

All Disciplines Award, University of Rochester - Psychiatric Nursing

Jackie has been a mental health nurse for 14 years, specialising in mental health and deafness. After completing a BSc (hons) in Healthcare Practice at the University of London, St. George’s, she was inspired to undertake further education with the aim of achieving a longer-term improvement of services for deaf people. Alongside her clinical work she has had the ground-breaking honour of enabling deaf service users to be “at the table”, working together on innovative projects. Jackie is unspeakably delighted to receive a Fulbright grant as it will be a boost to her greatest passion, which is advocating for deaf mental health service users, particularly as she observes first-hand how many barriers there are for deaf people to access good mental health care. She will undertake a Master’s degree in Clinical Investigation at the University of Rochester, which will be instrumental towards her goal of contributing to evidence-based practice in her field. Chief among her many aspirations is for deaf service users to be centrally involved with the research and development of their mental health services. In her spare time Jackie looks forward to honing her skills at curling, trying out American sports and exploring the surrounding nature with her partner and one-year old child.

Katy Wilson

Katy Wilson

Lloyd’s Postgraduate Award, Columbia University - Environmental Sciences

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Katy Wilson

Katy Wilson

Lloyd’s Postgraduate Award, Columbia University - Environmental Sciences

While at school, Katy designed a wearable device for earthquake relief as part of the New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy programme. This strengthened her fascination with the interactions between the human and physical world and drove her to study geography at the University of Cambridge. Global warming is not just a physical manifestation; it is rooted in social systems with widespread implications for society. An internship founded her specific interest in climatic interplay with business. She was shocked at the limited action of companies to adjust to the realities of climate change; rather than resisting change, there are benefits for the private sector in adjusting to a low-carbon economy by facilitating climate mitigation practices. This motivated her decision to study Climate and Society at Columbia. Katy is looking forward to the experience of living and working in New York and continuing to develop her views of environmental management under leading academics while allowing her to study alongside other passionate students. She believes her Fulbright experience will be the foundation of a career in contributing to climate management and having a positive impact on society and the future of our planet.