12 UW–Madison students offered 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants

Twelve University of Wisconsin–Madison students have been offered 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

These students are among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens offered the opportunity to travel abroad for the 2015-16 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the country’s flagship program for international exchange. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential

The program, which provides recipients with funding for a full academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad, is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists opportunities to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

UW–Madison has been among the leading U.S. research institutions producing Fulbright fellows and scholars. In the most recent round, UW–Madison had 63 applications, with 27 chosen as semi-finalists, including the 12 named as finalists (and offered a grant).

Six UW–Madison finalists (listed here with degree, field, and destination country) have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for graduate research abroad:

  • Jordan Baskerville (PhD), cultural and intellectual history, Thailand
  • Kramer Gillin (PhD), geography, Tajikistan
  • Amy Hughes (PhD), art and architecture, Czech Republic
  • Tobias Lunt (MA), agriculture, Ethiopia
  • Clarence Moore (PhD), political science, Jordan
  • Valerie Stull (PhD), agriculture, Zambia

Six UW–Madison finalists (listed here with degree and destination country) have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for English Teaching Assistantships:

  • Kendra Burpee (BA), Turkey
  • Tessa Coggio (BA), Germany
  • Kaitlin Koehler (BA), Mexico
  • Meghan Moen (BA), Mexico
  • Evan Nelson (BA), Germany
  • Ryan Plesh (BA), Turkey

In addition, two UW–Madison students were named as alternates, and still might receive grants:

  • Derek Francour (BA), mathematics, Norway
  • Jessica Schwartz (BA), psychology, Argentina

(NOTE: This announcement will be updated when information is available on acceptance of awards and project topics.)

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit the Fulbright website at http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

The Fulbright contact at UW-Madison is Erin L. Crawley, international fellowships advisor, fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu, (608) 262-9632.

– by Kerry G. Hill