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US Ambassador Welcomes Fulbright Scholars to the UK

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is proud to announce the American scholars of its 2016-17 cohort. During this academic cycle, 91 American scholars will be coming to the UK on exchange to study, lecture and/or research. Their expertise covers a diverse range, including immigration, cyber security, race relations, political journalism, human rights and radicalisation.

US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, at an event for UK scholars earlier this yearThe scholars celebrated their success during a meeting with US Ambassador Matthew Barzun in London. This session was part of a 3-day welcome orientation to the UK where they participated in academic and cultural activities.

As part of their welcome orientation, scholars were welcomed at the Palace of Westminster by Baroness Andrews and Fulbright Commissioner Lord Adebowale for an overview of the British parliamentary system.

The American scholars also attended a lecture on international politics hosted by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. Gabrielle Rifkind and the newly appointed Fulbright Chairman and former British Ambassador to the USA, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, talked to the scholars on the use of hard and soft power in contemporary international politics.

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “As our British Fulbright scholars head across the Atlantic, we welcome our latest American cohort to what will be a transformative cultural and academic experience. Our incoming American scholars will contribute greatly to British academia, as ambassadors for Senator Fulbright’s vision of a world brought closer together through educational exchange.”

Among the 2016-17 Fulbright scholars are:

Fulbright remains the only organisation offering scholarships for study or research in any field, at any accredited institution in the US and UK. Scholars come from many geographic regions of the US, and their fields of study and their UK host institutions are equally diverse. While on exchange, the cohort puts into practice the Fulbright mission of fostering leadership, learning and understanding between cultures.

The programme’s aim is to ‘bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship,’ as described by Senator J William Fulbright. Recipients will be tomorrow’s leaders and support the next generation to value the special relationship between the US and UK.

View the biographies of all of the American participants.



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