Nineteen graduate students win Fulbright Fellowships

Fifty percent of all UChicago applicants received fellowships for 2016-17

University Communications

University of Chicago graduate students continue to excel in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition. Nineteen students offered the fellowships to pursue research and teach English during the 2016-2017 academic year. A record 50 percent of all students who applied to the program received awards. An additional four students received alternate designations.

The newest cohort of Fulbright fellows features students with diverse academic backgrounds, including medicine, social work and sociology. Some students will use their Fulbrights to engage in doctoral dissertation research, while others will be pursuing post-master’s independent research or English teaching roles. They will be working around the globe, in places such as Jordan, France, China and Laos.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country's largest educational exchange program, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and school teaching worldwide. The program aims to facilitate cultural exchange and promote mutual understanding by supporting study or research abroad.

The 2016-2017 University of Chicago graduate student Fulbright Fellows, their fields of study and locations they will travel to are:

  1. Jamal Abed-Rabbo, PhD student in History: Spain
  2. Matthew (Jake) Fraser, PhD student in Germanic Studies: Germany
  3. Andrea Haidar, master’s student in the School of Social Service Administration: Jordan
  4. Miriam Hauser, master’s student in the School of Social Service Administration: Jordan
  5. Varak Ketsamanian, master’s student in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies: Turkey
  6. Roy Kimmey, PhD student in History: Hungary
  7. Daniel Knorr, PhD student in History: China
  8. David Lebovitz, PhD student in East Asian Languages and Civilizations: China
  9. Deirdre Lyons, PhD student in History: France
  10. Nabanjan Maitra, PhD student in the Divinity School, History of Religions: India
  11. Moira O'Shea, PhD student in Sociology: Kyrgyzstan
  12. Eric Phillips, PhD student in History: Austria
  13. Emily Rap, PhD student in History: France
  14. David Reher, PhD student in Romance Languages and Literature: Spain
  15. Anatole Upart, PhD student in Art History: Italy
  16. Joshua Vera, PhD student in History: Greece
  17. Nancy Vue, master’s student in the School of Social Service Administration: Laos
  18. Margaret Wang, MD student in the Pritzker School of Medicine: China
  19. Tyler Wilkinson, Master's of Arts Program in the Humanities: France

Two students declined the fellowships to pursue other academic opportunities. 

Graduate students who are interested in applying to the next Fulbright competition should contact Jessica Smith, Associate Director of Fellowships, at jessicasmith@uchicago.edu. College students should visit the Center for Scholarly Advancement website to learn more about the Fulbright process for undergraduates.

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