Six UW-Madison students receive Fulbright awards for doctoral research

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 2013 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) awards, totaling $265,123, to six doctoral students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These students will use their Fulbright fellowships to conduct research abroad for periods of six to 12 months.

Nationally, the Education Department announced 80 DDRA awards, totaling more than $3 million, to 34 institutions of higher education. UW–Madison’s total amount is second-highest nationally, behind the University of Chicago, which received $281,325.

“In an interconnected, competitive global economy, the only way to secure our common future is through education,” says U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These grants will ensure a steady supply of graduates with expertise in world languages and global issues, helping to build stronger and more productive ties with our neighbors and fostering international collaboration.”

The UW–Madison recipients (listed here with destination country, field, research topic, and grant amount) are:

  • Nicholas Barnes, political science, Brazil, Monopolies of Violence – Gang Governance in Rio de Janeiro, $55,138
  • Christina Cappy, educational policy studies/anthropology, South Africa, South African Youth Experiences of Social Cohesion through Schooling, $32,678
  • Rachael Goodman, anthropology, India, Panning for Projects and Mining NGOs – How NGOs Alter Livelihood Strategies in Rural North India, $26,698
  • James Krueger, environmental studies, Kenya, Drug Crops and Natural Resources under Pluralistic Regulation: A Comparative Study of Khat Farming in Ethiopia and Kenya, $62,207
  • Joseph Quick, anthropology, Ecuador, Capitalizing on Culture: Indigeneity as an Economic Resource in the Ecuadorian Andes, $26,904
  • Samantha Vortherms, political science, Hong Kong, China, The Revival of the Welfare State – Reform of China’s Household Registration System and the Expansion of Social Welfare, $61,408

The DDRA program is part of the larger Fulbright-Hays Program, which dates to 1961 when the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright sponsored legislation for several programs that aim to increase mutual understanding between America and the rest of the world.

For more information and guidance on applying for Fulbright student programs through UW-Madison, go to the International Fellowships Office website,

-by Kerry G. Hill