Announcing the British Fulbright scholars for 2017-18

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce the British scholars from its 2017-18 cohort. During this academic cycle, 42 British scholars will be going on exchange to study, lecture or research in the US.

Among the 2017-18 grantees are researchers, visiting lecturers, postgraduate students, and other professionals across a wide range of disciplines.

The recipients include:

Hannah Mumby, who will be based at Colorado State University, hosted by George Wittemyer and his group of researchers working on the famed long-term study of the Samburu population of elephants in northern Kenya.

Hannah researches the interface between behavioural ecology and conservation in elephants. She conducted research for her PhD and first post-doc in Myanmar on the associations between environmental conditions and life history variables in logging elephants. She is a Drapers’ Company Research Fellow at Pembroke College and Society in Science – Branco Weiss Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology in Cambridge and a Research Associate at the non-profit Elephants Alive. She leads the Bull Elephant Network Project, in which her team investigate the overlap between social and genetic relationships in male elephants in South Africa and Mozambique.

For her Fulbright Award, she will conduct research on the impacts of poaching and legal hunting on social networks and demographic parameters. She Hannah is looking forward to forming a fruitful collaboration as well as seeing bears, elk, bighorn sheep and everything else the Rockies have to offer.

Cameron Richardson-Eames, a classical pianist. 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.

Shabina Begum, 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.

Studying for an LLM at Cornell University, she will 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.

The scholars celebrated their success at a reception hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and were able to meet US Fulbright scholars returning to the USA after their Fulbright year.

Speaking to scholars gathered at the FCO, Drake Dubin, US-UK Fulbright Commissioner said:

“The US-UK Fulbright programme is the most competitive in the world, and you now stand among those alumni who have come before you, as future leaders. Congratulations to you all.”

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission also said:

“It is wonderful to see international exchange flourish with both our US and UK grantees gathered here.

The impact of the Fulbright programme can change the world. Our Fulbrighters will return to the UK having been exposed to different cultures, value systems and schools of thought. They will have the capacity to be more empathetic global citizens and be better prepared for collaboration across borders, between the US and the UK, and beyond.”

DCI Tor Garnett, Fulbright Police Research Scholar Award 2014-15, Founder of Police Now added:

 “You will learn so much about yourselves and other people during your Fulbright year. The Fulbright experience opens your heart and opens doors to the rest of the world.”

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 recipient’s home country upon returning.

The Commission is funded by the Department for Education in the UK and the U.S. Department of State, with additional support coming from the Scottish Government and a variety of individual and institutional partners.

Fulbright Awards for 2018-19 for British citizens will open in August.