2019-20 British Fulbright Postgraduate Award grantees

Our 2019-20 postgraduate scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Many are enrolling in master's and PhD programmes, with some undertaking independent research in the USA as part of their UK qualifications.

Maisie Anderson

Maisie Anderson

All Disciplines Award, Princeton University - Public Policy

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Maisie Anderson

Maisie Anderson

All Disciplines Award, Princeton University - Public Policy

Growing up in Brixton in a family of professional musicians, my decision to build a career in politics was decidedly left field. After a degree in History at Cambridge, I turned to the world of policy and public affairs. After volunteering on Obama’s 2012 election campaign in Nevada, I returned to London and was elected Labour Councillor for the Borough of Southwark being responsible for public health, parks and leisure.

Standing down in 2018, I have since been working as Head of Campaigns & Public Affairs at the Centre for Ageing Better. During my time in the US, I will be pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. I intend to spend the year gaining new perspectives into public policymaking and questioning the approaches I have seen thus far. My husband, two-year old daughter and I are thrilled to be moving to the US and look forward to making new friends, travelling and having adventures. In addition to my studies, I hope to get involved in the music community at Princeton and support young women to get involved in politics.

Louise Ashwell

Louise Ashwell

All Disciplines Award, University of Michigan - Social Work

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Louise Ashwell

Louise Ashwell

All Disciplines Award, University of Michigan - Social Work

Undertaking a dissertation on the feminist politics of the UK Rape Crisis movement during my History degree led me to the founders of the first support centres for survivors of sexual violence. They inspired me to pursue a career in which I could address the UK's staggering rates of domestic abuse. Since then, I have worked in the UK and internationally as a trainer, program consultant, frontline advocate and technological abuse adviser. It has been a privilege to serve survivors of abuse and to bear witness to their trauma, while exposing me to a gap in policy around primary prevention interventions.

This grant allows me to work with specialists at the University of Michigan leading the global research agenda in the field of interpersonal violence prevention and to develop my social work practice in a country with a rich history of community activism. I am looking forward to exploring Michigan's 3,288 miles of freshwater coastline and to observing the run-up to the 2020 election. Upon returning to the UK, my goal is to develop prevention-focussed community-level programming for tackling gender-based violence, which demands systematic and urgent attention.

Omid Bagherli

Omid Bagherli

All Disciplines Award, Tufts University - English

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Omid Bagherli

Omid Bagherli

All Disciplines Award, Tufts University - English

I recently completed my MA in English at the University of Bristol, where my thesis assessed the influences of nuclear imagery and the Cold War in the writing of Cormac McCarthy. Researching this period inspired me to focus my PhD on further exploring how post-war writing has reimagined the environment, especially in the era of big government and industry. This is exciting because my work at Tufts can contribute to critical, wider discussions around climate change, infrastructure and globalization. My vision is to push my research further into these important areas after my PhD.

I am originally from Woking, Surrey. After achieving a BA in English Literature, I worked in London's market research industry, helping to understand key changes in the Education and Media sectors. I have always been driven by learning new concepts and discussing the latest art, music and culture with people. I can't wait to get to Boston - to my mind the pre-eminent college town. Joining the Fulbright scheme will allow me to participate not only with the research groups hosted at Tufts, but also with Boston's lively intellectual milieu.

Jem Bartholomew

Jem Bartholomew

Alumni Award, Columbia University - Journalism

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Jem Bartholomew

Jem Bartholomew

Alumni Award, Columbia University - Journalism

I never expected my life to unfold this way – flying to New York as a Fulbright scholar feels like I’ve stumbled into one of my own daydreams. Currently, I live in north London and work as a writer and journalist at the Financial Times. I previously graduated with a first-class BA in History from the University of Oxford. Understanding how power operates – and can be effectively challenged – motivates my work. A journalist’s duty, I believe, goes beyond reactively reporting the news, and instead demands identifying unforeseen problems. I’m proud that my writing strives, unashamedly, to make the world a better place. I’ve pursued this in my career so far. While interning at the Guardian, I acted as a researcher on the Cambridge Analytica story, which sounded the alarm for the effectiveness of global privacy laws. After winning the FT Talent Contest on the future of journalism I’ve been working as an FT reporter, where I’ve covered the climate crisis and global divestment campaign that’s seen $8tn in investments start to flee the fossil fuel industry. At Columbia Journalism School, I hope to build on my understanding of systems of power so my own writing can, ultimately, provoke meaningful change.

Ed Bayes

Ed Bayes

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Design Engineering

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Ed Bayes

Ed Bayes

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Design Engineering

As a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard I hope to build on my experience in policy, law, anthropology and the arts to explore solutions to some of the healthcare and environmental challenges I observed while monitoring hospitals and prisons for the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone. I grew up in Durham and Swansea before studying Anthropology and Law at the LSE where I won awards for my ethnographic fieldwork. After working in homelessness law I joined HM Treasury, advising on the regulation of driverless cars insurance and expanding multi-billion pound insurance schemes to protect the UK economy from catastrophic terrorism and flood risks. Recently I have developed new policies for the Mayor of London to safeguard cultural venues at risk of closure. This has led to a stabilisation in the number of grassroots music venues and LGBT+ venues in the capital after a decade of decline. I was drawn to the Fulbright Program’s internationalist values and intend to learn from America’s entrepreneurial spirit to benefit the UK’s social enterprise sector. Outside of work I am a musician and keen champion of the underdog, having co-founded and volunteered with organisations that mentor young people to overcome adversity, and am looking forward to getting involved in music and community outreach in Boston.

James Carson

James Carson

Postgraduate Award at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law - International Law

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James Carson

James Carson

Postgraduate Award at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law - International Law

Having grown up in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, it was always my desire to study at Queen’s University Belfast. In July 2019, I graduated with a degree in Law with Politics, and I’m excited to continue my journey in academia. I’m part of the Generation of the Good Friday Agreement. I’ve been fortunate to grow up in a peaceful Northern Ireland and contribute to building a better society through my community and political activism.

My research seeks to learn from the example of the United States and aims to apply the lessons directly to Northern Ireland. I am focusing on the similarities between Devolution within the United Kingdom, and Federalism within the United States. The privilege of being a Fulbright Scholar offers a phenomenal springboard as I am eager to commence studies for a PhD upon my return from the US. I could not be more excited to begin my time in the United States. I’m eager to immerse myself in the vibrant culture of the American Midwest. As a passionate sports fan, I cannot wait to experience the unique environment which only US universities can offer. While I may miss supporting Ulster Rugby and Chelsea FC at home, I look forward to embracing a range of new interests in the US.

Julia Davison

Julia Davison

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award, Harvard Business School - E-Commerce

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Julia Davison

Julia Davison

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award, Harvard Business School - E-Commerce

I was born and raised in London and graduated with a First-Class degree in History from Girton College, Cambridge. As a Fulbright Scholar, I will pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School with a view to specializing in my chosen field of e-commerce innovation. I am currently a Team Leader and Brand Specialist at Amazon. In this role, I have worked with some of Amazon’s largest suppliers across sales, marketing and supply chain to drive innovation for customers throughout the EU. Prior to joining Amazon, I began my career at the Clinton Foundation in New York City, working on technology-based social impact projects, before spending two years at Deloitte UK as a Management Consultant. I am looking forward to studying in the US due to its strength in retail entrepreneurship and social innovation. I hope to explore as much of the country as possible in my spare time, in particular its rich musical and cultural life.

Emma Day

Emma Day

Fulbright 70th Anniversary Award, University of California, Berkeley Law - Information Technology Law

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Emma Day

Emma Day

Fulbright 70th Anniversary Award, University of California, Berkeley Law - Information Technology Law

My international career started in 1999 when I went to work in Rwanda trying to deal with the aftermath of the mass genocide, sparking my interest in law and justice. I returned to the UK and completed my first LLM at the University of London and worked in Canada before moving to Kenya and then Thailand where I worked on a range of human rights legal issues over the past 10 years. I spent the past two years leading the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office work on child online protection, opening my eyes to the need for international collaboration on internet governance and regulation to balance children’s rights to protection, privacy and freedom of expression online, the focus of my studies this year at UC Berkeley.

I plan to sit the California Bar exams at the end of my LLM, and hope to build on the work of Child Redress International, a UK based charity that I co-founded in 2014, to improve remedies for child victims of abuse and exploitation. As a passionate yoga teacher, I am excited to have the opportunity to live in California which is the home of Silicon Valley and boasts a huge concentration of world class yoga teachers.

Rachel Drapper

Rachel Drapper

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award, Harvard Business School - Business Administration

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Rachel Drapper

Rachel Drapper

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award, Harvard Business School - Business Administration

I am an Egyptologist by background, strategy consultant by profession, keen rugby player and passionate advocate of gender equality. Upon graduating from Oxford, I took a less conventional path than my peers and pursued a career in strategy consulting at Strategy& and have been fortunate to work on projects across various industries in Europe, the US and the Middle East. I am thrilled that I will have the opportunity to unpack my suitcase long enough to call Boston home for a time. Since becoming Manager, I have specialised in the transportation industry and wrote an award-winning study on the social impact of connected and autonomous vehicles in collaboration with the UK’s largest automotive trade association. This sparked my curiosity in the future of mobility, an interest that my pre-MBA internship at the Innovation Directorate at Transport for London has only further fuelled. I hope to become a leader and female role model, applying the knowledge and skills from my MBA to help shape the strategic direction of this industry. I also intend to use my seniority to advance gender parity and implement workplace policies that support equality.

Francesca Dunn

Francesca Dunn

Postgraduate Award at the University of South Florida Award - Forensic Anthropology

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Francesca Dunn

Francesca Dunn

Postgraduate Award at the University of South Florida Award - Forensic Anthropology

I first came across “anthropology” as a 14-year-old enthralled with a crime-solving TV show centred on a forensic anthropologist. Within a year, I had discovered that this term put a name to my fascination with the forensic process of using the features that make us different to find someone’s lost identity. This lead to my application to read Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. I then completed my MSc at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, where I was able to complete research on the identification of individuals from photographs through the features of their hands.

My doctoral research in the US will develop a method of age estimation that aims to better the way in which we investigate the age of a living person. This research will impact people who are undergoing any form of legal processing that is dependent on whether they are of majority age and work to ensure that undocumented minors are recorded and processed as such. As a diver and mystery novel enthusiast, I am also excited to experience all that life in the US has to offer, both above and below water.

Christopher Gray

Christopher Gray

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Public Administration

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Christopher Gray

Christopher Gray

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Public Administration

Throughout my time studying at Sheffield and Oxford, running local political campaigns, and working in public policy, I have been motivated by the inequalities I witnessed growing up in South London. It this which led me to a civil service career focussed on social policy. From Bristol Jobcentre to the Prime Minister’s Private Office, I have sought to use criminal justice, welfare, employment, and education policy to help the most disadvantaged improve their quality of life. Along the way I have learnt a huge amount. However, it was during a secondment designing social impact bonds for youth services that I first discovered how US organisations were using collective impact to develop radical new solutions to intractable social problems.

Studying Public Administration at Columbia provides the perfect opportunity to explore how US cities are effectively integrating public, social, and private sector interventions with data science to tackle local challenges - whether it be the Harlem Children’s Zone or Louisville’s Coalition Supporting Young Adults. I’m excited to learn all I can about what works from academics and fellow public policy leaders from across the US and hope to return to the UK capable of replicating their successes.

Cale Harrison

Cale Harrison

Lloyd’s Postgraduate Award - Cornell University, Applied Economics

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Cale Harrison

Cale Harrison

Lloyd’s Postgraduate Award - Cornell University, Applied Economics

As the oldest of 13 children, I’ve always been interested in the allocation of scarce resources, but it was after reading a book by fellow Fulbright scholar Joseph Stiglitz that I decided to study economics. I pursued my undergraduate degree in economics at Royal Holloway, England, and I’m now going to study applied economics and management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I’m keenly excited to experience living in small-town America while also studying at an Ivy League university.

My Fulbright project will focus on the impact of automation for low earners and how public policy can reduce this. I firmly believe that good economics can use maths to explore solutions to everyday problems—economics is too important to be left to economists. I was particularly inspired in my undergraduate by the applied approaches of professors Daniel Hamermesh and Bjoern Hartig. I chose Cornell because they combine quantitative excellence with a focus on tangible applied economics. My work at Nest Pensions in the UK allowed me to explore how to use data to improve a product for less sophisticated users and I believe this experience will translate into a fascinating Fulbright project.

Amin Karamlou

Amin Karamlou

Elsevier Data Analytics Award, University of Texas at Austin - Computational Theory

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Amin Karamlou

Amin Karamlou

Elsevier Data Analytics Award, University of Texas at Austin - Computational Theory

I currently work as a researcher at Imperial College London where I have recently completed my MEng degree in computing. My interests broadly lie within theoretical computer science. I will soon be starting my PhD studies with a focus on complexity theory, a field dedicated to identifying the inherent difficulty of computational problems. Any well-defined task, be it protein folding, finding Nash equilibria or even playing video games, can be formalised as a computational problem. For this reason, I believe that solving the open problems of complexity theory will have implications for a wide variety of other fields, making it a worthwhile subject of research. While visiting UT Austin as a Fulbright scholar, I look forward to working on quantum complexity theory with world-leading academics from the Quantum Information Center. My goal with this research is to help us identify tasks that quantum computers can solve more efficiently than the classical computers we use today. In my free time, I love being outdoors. I am looking forward to exploring some of the many national parks in the US during my visit, especially for some rock climbing and wakeboarding.

Catriona Maclay

Catriona Maclay

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Harvard Kennedy School - Public Administration

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Catriona Maclay

Catriona Maclay

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Harvard Kennedy School - Public Administration

I first trained as a Citizenship teacher, teaching in a challenging London secondary school. I soon learnt that for many pupils, a key barrier to effective Citizenship was their weak literacy, and I was frustrated that we did not have the resources and opportunities to help them catch-up. This led me to set up The Hackney Pirates, a non-profit which develops literacy, confidence and perseverance among pupils falling behind and facing disadvantages. The organisation has delivered over 60,000 hours of learning activities, accelerating literacy progress by 52%. After 7 years of tunnel vision focusing on one element of educational disadvantage, it’s time to refresh my perspective on how social change happens and develop my skills so that I can have greater impact. I will be pursuing a mid-career Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. I want to develop my skills and knowledge in public policy and economics so that I can better affect the systemic change which is needed to give everyone fair educational and social opportunities. Being part of Fulbright is an incredible opportunity for new perspectives, and to learn from the rich and diverse network of other scholars. I’m excited about meeting them and about living near the sea!

Judith McCartney

Judith McCartney

Nursten Award for Medical Studies, Yale University - Public Health

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Judith McCartney

Judith McCartney

Nursten Award for Medical Studies, Yale University - Public Health

I am a doctor working in Scotland and training in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. I grew up in Glasgow, moving to Edinburgh to complete my MBChB. During university I developed a strong interest in Global health. Through a student run charity Edinburgh Global Partnerships, I participated in and led at committee level, projects in health and education in Africa. My project in Malawi was a defining experience, fundamentally and irrevocably framing the way I saw the world and the inequalities that exist in health care worldwide. Since qualifying, I have worked in critical care in Australia for three years, gaining extensive clinical experience of managing victims of major trauma. I then returned to the UK to complete the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Liverpool, subsequently living in Tanzania as part of a HIV research group. I am undertaking a Master’s at Yale School of Public Health, aiming to work within the NHS and contribute to service development nationally and in low to middle income countries. I love cycling, food and exploring new cities and alongside studying, I plan to hike, bike and eat my way around the beautiful New England coastline!

 

Erin McQuarrie

Erin McQuarrie

All Disciplines Award, The New School, Parsons School of Design - Textiles Design

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Erin McQuarrie

Erin McQuarrie

All Disciplines Award, The New School, Parsons School of Design - Textiles Design

Textiles have always intrigued me, an expressive and flexible medium, contemplating colour, form, structure and narrative. A graduate from The Glasgow School of Art, my practice has been informed by a unique set of personal experiences and a desire to create thought provoking and forward-thinking textiles. In Scotland, growing up as a young athlete, I was surrounded by cutting edge fabrics, geared towards performance enhancement. Later, time spent in Malawi, Delhi and, latterly, in Tokyo as an exchange student, gave me new exposure to and appreciation of traditional fabrics and craft. I aim to find harmony between these two approaches to making, creating expressive material prototypes utilising both craft based and digital processes. With a complex, uncertain but exciting future ahead of us, we must rely on our creativity to address issues of aesthetics, practicality and sustainability. It is incredibly motivating to receive this support from Fulbright as the Textiles MFA at Parsons will give me access to cutting edge facilities, a global textile community and allow me to unpick these timely points. I will relish visiting the famous museums of New York, exploring the vibrant music scene and playing basketball, a sport truly integrated into the fabric of the city.

Lola Mosanya

Lola Mosanya

Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism, Columbia College Chicago - Television Journalism

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Lola Mosanya

Lola Mosanya

Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism, Columbia College Chicago - Television Journalism

Born and raised in a diverse pocket of London, I am a journalist and documentary filmmaker sharing stories about identity, language and internet culture. I began my career as a Multimedia Journalist at BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat. My short films like Black Beauty & The Brazilian Butt Lift & Learning My Mother Tongue have attracted large audiences and prompted discussions worldwide on platforms like BBC News, YouTube & Twitter.

I am a graduate of Loughborough University, where in 2016 I completed my B.A. in English and American Studies. As a Fulbright scholar, I’m excited to bring my undergraduate experience full circle. I’ll be able to trade in the American books, films and linguistic studies I came to hold dearly, for American teaching faculty, peers and a vibrant arts and film community in Chicago.

In an age of documentary populated by extraordinary events & multi-million-pound TV deals, I hope to use film school to experiment with innovative ways to continue to tell the ordinary stories. My practice will draw from traditional observational documentaries and new media to expand my portfolio of work depicting seemingly mundane situations in various communities. What is ordinary is different everywhere, and I’m very excited to find my new normal in Chicago.

 

Agastya Muthanna

Agastya Muthanna

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award, Harvard Business School - Renewable Energy

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Agastya Muthanna

Agastya Muthanna

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award, Harvard Business School - Renewable Energy

I will spend my two years at Harvard Business School working to overcome barriers to a transition towards a cleaner energy system. I spent my last two years at Orsted - a Danish renewable energy major - working to show how Offshore Wind Farms (one of the fastest growing renewable generators) can provide a variety of services that guarantee an energy system that is stable, flexible and secure. Before this I spent ~3.5 years at McKinsey & Company working in the sustainability practice across Trinidad and Tobago, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and the UK.

I grew up on my family's (sustainable) coffee plantation in south India, and did my undergraduate degree in Economics and Geography at the University of Cambridge. Outside work I am a keen squash player, and (very) amateur wildlife photographer. I am looking forward to exploring America's National Parks and cities.

Navraj Nagra

Navraj Nagra

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Health Services Administration

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Navraj Nagra

Navraj Nagra

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Health Services Administration

As a doctor working in the UK National Health Service (NHS) I was inspired by clinical leaders who continually tried to improve the way in which we treat and care for our patients, whilst being acutely aware of financial limitations. The work we did together, drove me to further research, and having undertaken an M.Sc. and now coming towards the end of my D.Phil. at the University of Oxford - I have seen the power of big data research to create advances in healthcare, and its delivery, for not just one patient, but thousands. This interest has led me to look more broadly at different ways of delivering healthcare. Whilst at Harvard, I will be researching Value-Based Healthcare, an approach to healthcare which puts patients’ outcomes at the heart of the system. I will work with Harvard Law School to determine the regulatory barriers to the implementation of Value-Based Healthcare; and with Harvard Business School/the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to generate and study real-world data for patients undergoing breast cancer care to quantify the potential health and economic benefits of employing this approach. I’m excited to be a Fulbrighter and to live and work around Boston - particularly to foster ongoing research collaborations and, of course, to catch a Patriot's game.

Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver

All Disciplines Award, The New School, Parsons School of Design - Information Sciences and Systems

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Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver

All Disciplines Award, The New School, Parsons School of Design - Information Sciences and Systems

I have loved every second of the past 12 years, teaching Computer Science at Ralph Allen School in Bath. Watching how the Computing curriculum has evolved and seeing my students gain places to study exciting new topics at top universities, the past few years have had me wishing I could return to study further. Fulbright has enabled me to do just that. The course enables me to combine my love of Computer Science and Teaching. My project focus will be on helping teachers and schools unlock the power of the data they hold about their students by creating visual-based tools that can provide immediate insights into how they can best meet the individual learning needs of their pupils. This will not only benefit my own and others teaching approach, but the subject knowledge and skills I will develop will feed directly into my teaching curriculum on my return. This Fulbright also gives me the opportunity to gain an alternative educational perspective and collaborate and learn from a diverse group of people. I hope to continue to benefit from New York’s cultural diversity by experiencing as much music, art, food and experiences as I possibly can.

Tania Shew

Tania Shew

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Modern History

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Tania Shew

Tania Shew

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Modern History

I am currently researching the consideration of sex-strikes as a tactic within the British and American women’s suffrage movements. I am a PhD student at the University of Manchester, having grown up in London and studied at the Universities of Sussex and Oxford. I have spent most of my life in England, within 200 miles of where I was born. Through my research I figuratively cross the Atlantic every day and conceptually enter the meeting rooms and protest spaces of American feminists from a century ago. Receiving a Fulbright enables me to cross the Atlantic in reality, visit the places that I imagine daily and access the sources that are vital for me to complete my research.

Before commencing my PhD, I spent some time as a professional actress in the TV and film industry. I strongly believe in the power of visual media for communicating stories and making emerging ideas more accessible to a wider range of people from different disciplines, educational backgrounds and across borders. In the future, I hope to use my experiences in both acting and academia to research and present historical documentaries and resurrect the lives of historic women from around the world who have been "hidden from history".

Ateka Tarajia

Ateka Tarajia

Fulbright-Kennedy Award, Harvard University - Education

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Ateka Tarajia

Ateka Tarajia

Fulbright-Kennedy Award, Harvard University - Education

My academic and professional journey has been characterised by a commitment to equality of opportunity in education, especially access to prestigious universities amongst those from underrepresented backgrounds. Research shows that institutions and professions of power and influence continue to be dominated by Oxbridge graduates, many of whom attended fee paying schools, giving rise to the question of whether we truly live in a democracy. My Master’s will focus on the environmental and cultural factors involved in differential educational attainment and the factors in the underrepresentation of working class and minority students at prestigious universities. It is hoped that by raising the aspirations of those from disadvantaged backgrounds, the leaders of tomorrow will truly reflect society and comply with the democratic ideals that we cherish. I am incredibly proud of being chosen for a Fulbright Award, not only because of notable alumni, but because I can now pursue an area of study that allows me to fulfil my life purpose of widening participation at elite universities. I am also looking forward to experiencing traditional American holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Jessica Tatchell

Jessica Tatchell

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Sociology

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Jessica Tatchell

Jessica Tatchell

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Sociology

I am currently completing my PhD in Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London under a studentship with the Economic and Social Science Research Council. My work considers the social, political and normative dimensions of biomedicine and health, particularly in the context of new disciplines such as epigenetics. I received a BA in Sociology and MA in Social Research Methods from the University of Warwick. I will be a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University’s programme on Science, Technology and Society where I will be continuing my PhD research and taking part in the programme’s activities to develop my understanding of the theories and methods in the field of Science and Technology Studies. As a competitive powerlifter and advocate for increased participation of women in strength sports, I am very excited to continue my training in the US and become part of the Boston strength sports community. I’m particularly looking forward to picking up some new skills in the sport of strongwoman and I hope to find a local competition to enter. I will also be spending some of my spare time volunteering at a Boston dog shelter, as I’ll be missing my own dog back home enormously!

 

Isobel Thompson

Isobel Thompson

Fulbright-British Schools and Universities Foundation Award, Columbia University - Journalism

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Isobel Thompson

Isobel Thompson

Fulbright-British Schools and Universities Foundation Award, Columbia University - Journalism

I am a writer and editor who will study for an MA, Politics concentration at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Shortly after graduating with a degree in English from Trinity College Dublin, I joined Vanity Fair magazine where, in my latest position as Digital Editor, I launched Vanity Fair London and worked across a range of initiatives, including the inaugural Bloomberg Vanity Fair Climate Exchange. In addition to this role, I also covered politics for Vanity Fair's New York team, largely focusing on the Trump administration and Brexit. I have contributed to other titles, including the Economist, the Financial Times, OpenDemocracy, Vogue and The Face.

As a Fulbright scholar, I hope to develop my journalistic and narrative skills in pursuit of my goal of combining human interest and investigative reporting to produce nuanced, long-form pieces that span beyond the daily news cycle.

Amy Varney

Amy Varney

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award, Harvard Business School - Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

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Amy Varney

Amy Varney

British Friends of Harvard Business School Award, Harvard Business School - Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

I received an undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry followed by a DPhil in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford; my doctoral research was focused on cancer medicinal chemistry. I developed an interest in the essential role that business plays in developing and delivering effective, safe drugs for patients, so after finishing my DPhil, I joined OxStem, a start-up biotechnology company, as the first employee, helping establish the company and its first four subsidiaries. During my MBA, I hope to build on this experience and develop as a future business leader, with the intention of translating innovative science to address global challenges, namely in healthcare and climate change. I am excited to explore opportunities in the pharmaceutical and sustainability industries during my Fulbright, making use of the facilities, innovation and networks in Boston. Efforts to address healthcare challenges and/or the climate crisis both require global-level leadership. I am therefore honoured to have been chosen by Fulbright, which represents the importance of intercultural exchange and global thinking. During my time at HBS I plan to travel as much as possible within the US because I greatly enjoy exploration and adventure.

Chang Ho Yoon

Chang Ho Yoon

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Bioinformatics

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Chang Ho Yoon

Chang Ho Yoon

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Bioinformatics

I am a doctor, researcher, budding programmer and bioinformatician with roots in Scotland, New Zealand and South Korea. Since graduating from Cambridge, my career has taken me from London to Auckland, interweaving internal medicine training with translational research projects. More recently, I spearheaded the creation of a smartphone app that had a significant impact on the prescription of antibiotics at a tertiary teaching hospital.

At Harvard, I will pursue my interest in using "big data" and AI algorithms to decipher and resolve focused healthcare problems. The master’s program slices through the hype of these drivers of a burgeoning medical revolution. I am thrilled by the prospect of joining a research group that perceives diversity of academic interests as a prerequisite for effective collaboration, and hope to use the knowledge and skills I will develop as a springboard for a PhD. The Fulbright program will provide an opportunity to establish lifelong friendships through research, social empowerment programs, jazz and classical music, triathlons, and learning new languages in Boston, a city that is bristling with momentum, magnanimity and enterprise.

Yvonne Zhang

Yvonne Zhang

All Disciplines Award, The American Film Institute Conservatory - Film Directing

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Yvonne Zhang

Yvonne Zhang

All Disciplines Award, The American Film Institute Conservatory - Film Directing

After completing a foundation in video and photography at Central Saint Martins, I went on to study English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, where I focused on how stories reflect and function in a world shaped by migration and globalisation. Since then, I’ve experimented with film and animation, working to combine my video practice with my narrative focus. My short film project, CHINA PANDA, was selected for development through the Scottish Shorts programme. During my Fulbright, I’m excited to receive intensive training in the art of storytelling, an invaluable creative and practical experience, and the opportunity to develop my narrative voice and directorial style through experimentation and collaboration. My interests lie in the creation of films centred on diaspora communities, exploring the spaces in which cultures meet and interact. As a Fulbright scholar, I look forward to joining a global community built on the values of mutual understanding and cultural exchange. In a world mediated by screens and dominated by dangerously simplistic narratives, I am grateful for Fulbright’s support in helping me create on-screen stories that celebrate our differences and reveal what unites us, opening us up to empathy, and new futures.