British Fulbright Postgraduate Award Grantees

Our 2017-18 postgraduate scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Many are enrolling in master's and PhD programmes, with some undertaking independent research in the USA as part of their UK qualifications.

Fiona Asiedu

Fiona Asiedu

All Disciplines Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education - Psychology

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Fiona Asiedu

Fiona Asiedu

All Disciplines Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education - Psychology

Fiona has just completed her undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. She will be joining Harvard Graduate School of Education to study a master's in Human Development and Psychology.

As well as the diversity and fluidity of the course offered at Harvard, she was attracted to the opportunity to experience the culture and way of life in the states. Not only does she expect this to be personally enriching, but she hopes that this experience will enhance her cultural capital and cultural intelligence, attributes which she believes are very important for leading initiatives that aim to improve the psychological development of children from minority and disadvantaged background.

The Fulbright grant has aided Fiona in pursuit of her vision – with the first step being attendance to Harvard Graduate School of Education!

Shabina Begum

Shabina Begum

All Disciplines Award, Cornell University - Law

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Shabina Begum

Shabina Begum

All Disciplines Award, Cornell University - Law

Shabina Begum is an International Child Abduction Lawyer at Dawson Cornwell. She was called to the Bar in 2009 and admitted as a solicitor in 2013. She is a UN recognised expert on Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) and she participated in the UN CEFM expert workshop in Geneva.

She conducted legal research on acid violence in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and India as a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow. She conducted specialist research on “Child Brides” as a Visiting Lawyer at Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust. She has won the IKWRO True Honour Award for Special Recognition as a Professional Working to End "Honour" Based Violence. She was recognised by the University of Greenwich as Alumnus of the Year 2016 and as an influential British Bangladeshi by the British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration 2017, UK Top 100.

The LLM at Cornwell University will enable her to conduct research on US, UK and Islamic family law and the implication on CEFM. Her long term goal is to work towards the global end of CEFM.

Karamjit Chohan

Karamjit Chohan

Diamond Foundation Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - International Health

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Karamjit Chohan

Karamjit Chohan

Diamond Foundation Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - International Health

Karamjit Chohan studied economics at the University of Warwick, where he applied his academic training to help address public health issues surrounding pharmaceutical mergers and drug innovation. Since graduating, Karam has acquired a range of experiences in business consulting, entrepreneurship, and in helping to lead a poverty-focused development program in Kenya. He is particularly interested in the health needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations worldwide. 

During his Fulbright year, Karam will pursue a Master of Science in Public Health degree in International Health, with a Health Systems concentration, at Johns Hopkins University. The training, practice, and skills gained from the MSPH and Fulbright programme will enable him to lead programs that help strengthen health systems and improve health services for underserved populations in resource-poor countries and in the UK.

Karam is keen to generate meaningful research in sub-Saharan Africa. He aims to explore how contextually appropriate resources from existing health programs can be best organised to provide new integrated care models that help address some of the region’s biggest challenges – noncommunicable diseases. He is an avid fan of blues, jazz, and soul music, and is excited to explore Baltimore’s rich performing arts culture.

Catherine Deveson

Catherine Deveson

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Award, Tufts University - International Law

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Catherine Deveson

Catherine Deveson

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Award, Tufts University - International Law

Catherine Deveson is a UK-qualified solicitor who has specialised in international human rights and personal injury claims, mainly relating to allegations of torture, abuse and unlawful detention following the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

A passionate advocate for positive social change, she has volunteered on a variety of justice and equality projects, including an anti-death penalty internship in Trinidad and Tobago and the Palestine Choral Festival. Catherine plans to study and explore how the law and international bodies can mitigate the suffering of civilians during armed conflicts, as well as the means to enforce human rights law at national and global levels. As a history graduate, she will take advantage of the multi-disciplinary learning opportunities at the Fletcher School.

She expects a year in the US, studying with people from varied cultures and backgrounds, will help her to contextualise her legal studies, and strengthen her work on behalf of survivors of torture and other grave human rights abuses. 

Michael Docherty

Michael Docherty

All Disciplines Award, California State University, Long Beach - American Literature

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Michael Docherty

Michael Docherty

All Disciplines Award, California State University, Long Beach - American Literature

Michael Docherty is a doctoral student at the University of Kent’s Centre for American Studies; he holds an MA from Kent and a BA from Oxford.

During his Fulbright grant period Michael will research the life and work of Italian-American author John Fante - a central figure in his PhD thesis, which investigates the presence of ‘the frontier’ in literature of mid-20th century Los Angeles. Other research interests include the relationship between blues music and urban planning in post-war America, and fictional presentations of the American presidency.

This opportunity to study in the US represents the fulfilment of a long-held ambition for Michael, as the American focus of his research reflects more broadly a lifelong preoccupation with the culture and history of the nation. His Fulbright grant will enable him to produce a major piece of original research by drawing on essential archival sources that he could not otherwise access.

Michael hopes that the ensuing project will prove to be both a significant contribution to his field and the beginning of a successful academic career.

Sophie Howes

Sophie Howes

Executive MPA Award, NYU Wagner - Public Administration

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Sophie Howes

Sophie Howes

Executive MPA Award, NYU Wagner - Public Administration

Sophie Howes is a public policy practitioner with expertise in human rights, mental health, and violence against women. Since graduating from Newcastle University Sophie has worked in a variety of policy, research, campaigning, and front line service delivery roles for NGO's and government departments.

Sophie is currently a Senior Advocate at Victoria Legal Aid in Melbourne, Australia, establishing an advocacy service for people who are subject to compulsory mental health treatment. Outside of work Sophie co-founded Free Cakes for Kids Hackney; a community service for families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child. With the support of Fulbright Sophie will be studying the Executive Masters in Public Administration at NYU and UCL.

Sophie is looking forward to the opportunity to step back from challenging service delivery roles and learn from a network of experienced academics and practitioners about how to deliver good public services. Sophie is particularly excited to be studying in New York, a city with complex social problems but also some of the most innovative policy solutions. 

Joey Isaac Jenkins

Joey Isaac Jenkins

All Disciplines Award, Duke University - American Literature

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Joey Isaac Jenkins

Joey Isaac Jenkins

All Disciplines Award, Duke University - American Literature

Joey Isaac Jenkins researches late twentieth-century American literature at Newcastle University, with a focus on queer rural representations.

He was presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Faculty of Arts Medal by the Archbishop of York for his academic excellence while an undergraduate at York St John University, following which his MA thesis on the work of Cormac McCarthy won him a Research Excellence Scholarship to undertake his PhD on rural American fiction. He has been involved in various public outreach programmes in the UK that seek to promote wider community engagement with literary cultures, and his own poetry has appeared in a number of North American print journals.

As a researcher whose doctoral work focuses on the literary representation of non-urban communities in the US, he aims to highlight the rich diversity of rural America and its fictions. His time as a Fulbright Visiting Researcher will allow him to approach unique archives held at Duke University that are vital to this project. It represents a life-changing opportunity to share his work with American colleagues and to return to the UK enriched and enlivened by their insights.

Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly

All Disciplines Award, University of Michigan - Developmental Psychology

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Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly

All Disciplines Award, University of Michigan - Developmental Psychology

Dominic is a researcher in social and developmental psychology with a particular interest in sex differences.

Dominic previously attended Pearson College UWC in Canada and completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Pembroke College, Cambridge. His master’s thesis explored whether the structures of current ability tests at the end of secondary school adequately measure women’s aptitude in mathematics. His upcoming research as a doctoral student in the University of Michigan’s psychology programme, specialising in developmental psychology, will use advanced quantitative methods to measure sex differences and explore the biological and social reasons they exist and persist.

He firmly believes that public policy must fundamentally be informed by cutting-edge social scientific research and hopes to influence policy in the UK in this manner, particularly in education and health. He is looking forward to collaborating with his peers in the USA on work which can simultaneously increase both the talent and diversity in STEM fields in both countries.

Jac Larner

Jac Larner

All Disciplines Award, University of Michigan - Political Science

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Jac Larner

Jac Larner

All Disciplines Award, University of Michigan - Political Science

Jac is a political scientist based at the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University, where he is completing his PhD in Political Science. He is from Caerphilly in the South Wales Valleys, and prior to his PhD he received a first-class BA Politics from the University of Essex, and a distinction in MSc ECON Politics and Public Policy from Cardiff University. Jac’s research focuses on voters and sub-state elections, and he is currently employed as a research assistant working on the Welsh Election Study.

Away from his research, Jac is an active member of Amnesty International and volunteers in several governance roles, currently serving as the organisation’s representative in Wales. As a Fulbright scholar, Jac will work with the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a visiting researcher. He hopes to work with and learn from the American National Election Study team, and use this experience to create a better understanding of political behaviour in the UK. Go Blue!

Rebecca Macklin

Rebecca Macklin

All Disciplines Award, Cornell University - Comparative Literature

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Rebecca Macklin

Rebecca Macklin

All Disciplines Award, Cornell University - Comparative Literature

Rebecca Macklin is a literary scholar and international development practitioner undertaking a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds.

A graduate from the universities of Leeds and Lancaster, her research has been funded through the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust and appeared in publications including Native American and Indigenous Studies and Wasafiri. Prior to her PhD Rebecca worked in academic publishing, working with branches of the United Nations as an editor of sustainable development publications. She is a Board Trustee for the Bishop Simeon Trust and has a pervading interest in the role of participatory arts in international development contexts, having led youth empowerment workshops in South Africa.

As a Visiting Student Researcher at Cornell University, Rebecca will carry out research on decolonial resistance in (post)colonial and Indigenous literatures, with a focus on contemporary Native American and South African fiction. Situated within the American Indian and Indigenous Studies programme, Rebecca will have the opportunity to work with leading scholars in the field as well as local Indigenous communities.

Robert Malan

Robert Malan

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award - MBA

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Robert Malan

Robert Malan

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award - MBA

Robert will study for an MBA at Harvard Business School. He hopes, amongst other things, to consider how businesses can be both high-performing and support the achievement of wider public policy aims. This follows a degree in Political Economy from the LSE and early career at HM Treasury on the Civil Service fast stream, advising on public spending strategy and fiscal policy. Most recently, over the EU Referendum period, Robert worked in the Chancellor’s private office. 

As a British student, he is excited to be studying business administration in the United States at a time when in many ways both countries face comparable economic opportunities and challenges. He hopes that he might be able to bring some examples of best practice back. The Fulbright Programme not only opens up this possibility, but also allows it to be pursued in the spirit of strengthening cultural ties. 

Nick Matthews

Nick Matthews

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award - MBA

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Nick Matthews

Nick Matthews

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award - MBA

Nick Matthews will be studying for an MBA at Harvard Business School to explore how impact investment can be used to scale social entrepreneurship and innovation. After starting his career as a consultant at PwC, Nick subsequently joined the non-profit Social Finance where he led partnerships with the public, private and social sectors to develop more effective responses to social problems.

He focused on designing and structuring impact investments such as Social Impact Bonds, both in the UK and internationally. Outside of work he has volunteered as a maths tutor and acted as Deputy Chairman of a charity that uses sport to engage young people at risk of gang involvement.

He is looking forward to studying in the US due to its importance as a global centre for impact investment and social innovation, and for the opportunity to explore America’s great national parks. On completion of the Fulbright programme, Nick aims to continue building his career in the impact investment sector back in the UK.

Charlotte Miller

Charlotte Miller

All Disciplines Award, Boston University - Public Health

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Charlotte Miller

Charlotte Miller

All Disciplines Award, Boston University - Public Health

Charlotte is a women’s and children’s rights activist with a particular interest in preventing violence against women and children and improving their access to healthcare.

She has worked in both the UK and abroad on notable projects, such as supporting children who have been sexually exploited and empowering victims of domestic violence. Charlotte will be exploring these issues further at Boston University by pursuing a Master's in Public Health. She is looking forward to experiencing the flexible learning approach in the US, which will allow her to specialise in women’s and children’s right to health. 

In her spare time, she enjoys running and hopes to explore the Boston area on her jogging routes. On returning to the UK, Charlotte aspires to use her experiences from BU and Fulbright to become a gender policy advisor on violence against women and children. Specifically, she wishes to work on implementing national educational programmes to combat gender based violence in the UK.

Lukasz Rachel

Lukasz Rachel

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Economics

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Lukasz Rachel

Lukasz Rachel

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Economics

Lukasz is a PhD student at the London School of Economics, specialising in macroeconomics, economic growth and political economy. He has eight years of policy experience, having worked as an economist at the Bank of England.

His main research interest revolves around a critical challenge facing many economies today: the threat of a prolonged weakness in aggregate demand. Lukasz is interested in the potential causes of this dreaded phenomenon, particularly the effect of globalisation and technological change on labour markets, and their implications for economic policy and politics more generally. Lukasz’s policy experience, combined with his technical expertise, make him well placed to produce rigorous yet accessible and impactful research.

Visiting Harvard gives him the opportunity to collaborate with the key contributors to the debate. The US is at the forefront of a number of global economic and political trends – such as increasing inequality and anti-establishment politics – that are relevant to Lukasz’s research. The Fulbright grant offers an opportunity to observe the economic and political landscape first-hand, inspiring his future research endeavours. 

Cameron Richardson-Eames

Cameron Richardson-Eames

All Disciplines Award, The Juilliard School - Collaborative Piano

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Cameron Richardson-Eames

Cameron Richardson-Eames

All Disciplines Award, The Juilliard School - Collaborative Piano

Cameron Richardson-Eames is a classical pianist, born in Lincolnshire in 1992. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Senior Academic Scholar, and the Royal Academy of Music, being awarded many prizes at both institutions.

A Park Lane Group Young Artist and former Cambridge choral scholar, he is particularly interested in collaborating with other musicians, and as such has given many performances in major concert halls around Europe. These include the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, and live on BBC Radio 3 for the launch night of the BBC Proms.

As a Fulbright Award holder, Cameron intends to further develop international identification through music, and is keen to investigate the fundamental differences between American and European musical educations. During his two years at The Juilliard School in New York, he is looking forward to deep pianistic and personal challenges, as well as globalising his own musical episteme and allowing a more world-conscious perspective to underpin his work on return to the UK.

Kieron Stopforth

Kieron Stopforth

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award - MBA

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Kieron Stopforth

Kieron Stopforth

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award - MBA

Kieron Stopforth seeks to accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy.

In his work at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, he advised clients on strategy in a changing energy sector. He led an analysis project for UN Sustainable Energy for All that set direction in the initiative’s early stages. He wrote a roadmap for energy in Rwanda led to tens of thousands of people gaining access to electricity. More recently, he worked on strategy in DeepMind's energy team, which is using artificial intelligence to solve problems in the energy sector.

Through these experiences, he built a deep understanding of the energy sector and of the critical role that technology will play. Kieron will build on this through the Fulbright Award, exploring how to get new energy technology to full commercial deployment and developing the skills to lead a business.

He seeks to learn from US energy companies and understand how US energy systems are responding to transition. After the degree, Kieron hopes to apply this in an energy technology company, drive new technology to scale and accelerate the energy transition. Outside of his studies, Kieron is looking forward to participating in student clubs, travelling around the US, exploring the local music scene and playing tennis. Kieron holds an MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering & Policy and a BSc Physics from Imperial College.

Ammar A Waraich

Ammar A Waraich

All Disciplines Award, Harvard Kennedy School - Public Policy

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Ammar A Waraich

Ammar A Waraich

All Disciplines Award, Harvard Kennedy School - Public Policy

Dr Ammar Waraich is a physician by training, having graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in medicine with management. He specialises in internal medicine and has achieved Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. 

He currently works in medical education as a clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Outside of work, he has set up and run multiple organisations that deal with socio-political issues, and has received recognition and numerous awards for his work.

He is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to deepen his understanding of health policy, education policy, the political and economic sciences, and global affairs. He aims to work on developing and improving health systems on the national and international stage. 

As a Muslim who is heavily invested in western society, he is interested in contemporary debates about religion (@MESIglobal) and would like to use his time in the USA to further inform his activism in Muslim affairs. He is a keen photographer, musician, and cyclist.

Laurence Warner

Laurence Warner

Lloyd's of London Award, University of Chicago - Computational Social Science

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Laurence Warner

Laurence Warner

Lloyd's of London Award, University of Chicago - Computational Social Science

Laurence Warner is looking forward to taking part in University of Chicago’s innovative MA in Computational Social Science, a programme in only its second year of existence which seeks to apply modern computer science and statistics tools to data sets across the social sciences.

With a background in the relatively confined and theoretical discipline of economics, Laurence is excited by the prospect of learning useful quantitative skills in an interdisciplinary atmosphere and using them to explore real-life datasets, especially in areas of popular interest such as sports and arts. He is particularly excited about learning computer programming and hopes to write a blog about this journey, as well as sharing data visualisations, to engage people outside of academia.

Laurence is drawn to the US due to its abundance of natural beauty and social diversity. He shivers slightly at the thought of the Chicago winter, but is sure performing in the Chicago theatre scene and perhaps putting his height to good use on the basketball court will keep him in good spirits.

Catherine Wignall

Catherine Wignall

All Disciplines Award, University of California, Los Angeles - Film and Television Screenwriting

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Catherine Wignall

Catherine Wignall

All Disciplines Award, University of California, Los Angeles - Film and Television Screenwriting

Catherine Wignall is a feminist screenwriter with a particular interest in narrative transportation theory, which posits that total engagement in a story changes a person’s attitudes and intentions to fit within that story. Her work uses fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism to challenge cultural preconceptions concerning issues such as sexuality, gender, and race.

After studying English literature at the University of Warwick, Catherine went on to win the Euroscript-Underwire Screenwriting Competition, and was one of four screenwriters annually accepted into the National Youth Film Academy. She went on to study on the Writing Fiction for Young Adults programme, part of the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. She has worked as a production assistant on various television shows and adverts, and at film premieres.

Studying in America will allow her to learn from top practitioners and enable her to continue developing her storytelling skills with the ultimate goal of telling the stories of the underrepresented and changing minds and sympathies.