Announcing the British Fulbright Scholars for 2014-15

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is proud to announce the British scholars from its 2014-2015 cohort. During this academic cycle, 42 British scholars will be going on exchange to study, lecture and/or research in the US.

The scholars celebrated their success with a reception hosted by US Ambassador Matthew Barzun at Winfield House, his London residence on Wednesday, 9 July.

Fulbright scholars come from many geographic regions of the UK, and their fields of study and their US host institutions are equally diverse. While on exchange, the cohort puts into practice the Fulbright mission of fostering leadership, learning and understanding between cultures.

View the biographies of all of the British participants.

Among the recipients are:

• Rachel Bull, a Doncaster native, taught history in East Hull as part of the Teach First programme after graduating from Oxford. As well as studying sociology, Rachel hopes to use Columbia University’s links with New York’s urban communities to look at the factors affecting aspiration in young people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. 

• Amakai Kefas is a homicide detective in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).  She has a degree in Law and Criminology and a master’s in Criminology from the London School of Economics. She worked as a Researcher at the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) before joining the MPS, and co-authored “The role of alcohol in Police related deaths” published by the PCA. Her research project will explore how greater engagement and involvement with volunteer community patrol groups can provide an effective approach to crime prevention and increase reporting of certain crime types. 

• James Pearson, a graduate of Bristol University, completed his doctoral research at Cardiff University investigating the immune system in Type 1 Diabetes. Alongside his research he ran a diabetes patient group, campaigned for diabetes rights at the Welsh Assembly, and was involved with World Diabetes Day in Cardiff. As a Fulbright Scholar, James he will continue his research at Yale.

• Satbir Chowdry is a human rights activist, who for the last five years he has worked in India with civil society organisations and government agencies. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oxford and received his master’s from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Satbir will be pursuing an MPA at Columbia University and hopes to refine his understanding of how institutional design can shape social and economic outcomes in developing countries.

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 UK upon returning.

Fulbright remains the only organisation offering scholarships for study or research in any field, at any accredited institution in the US and UK. Exchange schemes vary in terms of level and field of study: from the Distinguished Chair Awards for senior-level academics to postgraduate-level student awards, to the undergraduate-level US Summer Institutes programmes on topics such as Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental Stewardship. No matter what level, all awards are united under a common aim “to generate a deeper understanding of the differing cultures and peoples of the world” as described by the late Senator Fulbright. Recipients will be tomorrow’s leaders and support the next generation to value “the special relationship” between the US and UK.

The Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the US Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners. 

The Fulbright Programme is the flagship international exchange scholarship programme between the United States and operates in 155 countries worldwide. It promotes the goals of academic excellence and cultural understanding.

For press enquiries, contact:

Jamie Dunn

Communication Officer and Educational Advisor

0207 498 4020 


Rebecca Cobby

Programme Coordinator – UK Scholars

0207 498 4015

Notes to Editors: Full details regarding the awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and awards categories, can be found on our website. For information about past Scholars please visit the Meet Our Fulbrighters section of the website. View the biographies of all of the British participants.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Programme. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author and Commissioner Toby Young and the economist and noble prize winner Milton Friedman.

About the Fulbright Awards Programme: Each year, the Commission supports around UK and US citizens to study, lecture, conduct research or focus on professional development at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and nearly 12,000 US nationals in the UK on our educational exchange programmes. 

About the Fulbright Advisory Service: The US-UK Fulbright Commission also supports US-UK exchange through its Advisory Service. The Fulbright Advising Team provides a wide range of information and hosts events for individuals interested in any level of US study.  The Fulbright Advisory Service is the UK’s only official source of information on educational opportunities in the US and is part of the EducationUSA network of over 450 US advising centres worldwide.