Fulbright Forum in Wales

Almost 60 US grantees travelled to Cardiff, Wales earlier this month for Fulbright Forum, an annual event that provides US grantees with the opportunity to experience different parts of the UK.

Fulbright Forum 2020 was an exploration of Welsh culture, history and language. Hosted by Cardiff University and supported by Universities Wales and the Welsh Government, the grantees took part in a number of tours and activities during Forum, including:

  • A visit to the Senedd, the main building of the Welsh National Assembly and the hub for devolution in Wales. The grantees observed committee proceedings and took part in a Q&A with Welsh Assembly Members.
  • An evening spent at the National Museum Cardiff, where Education Minister Kirsty Williams and Sophie Howe, the Commissioner for Future Generations, welcomed grantees. Those in attendance were also able to meet “Dippy”, the Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus skeleton cast, which is currently touring the UK.
  • A tour of Principality Stadium, the national stadium of Wales and home to the Welsh national Rugby Union team.
  • A schedule of presentations from fellow grantees on their current research, including talks on diversity in science education and Celtic archaeology.

The grantees on the steps of the Glamorgan Building, with Fulbright Commission Executive Director Maria Balinska and President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, Professor Colin Riordan. Prof. Riordan is also a US-UK Fulbright Commissioner.

The grantees on the steps of the Glamorgan Building, with Fulbright Commission Executive Director Maria Balinska and President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, Professor Colin Riordan. Prof. Riordan is also a US-UK Fulbright Commissioner.

The Fulbright Commission has also recently partnered with the Welsh Government, Global Wales and Welsh universities to offer awards for individuals with a strong connection to Wales to study or research in the US, and to provide awards to US students to cover the first year of a master's programme or funding for a six-month research project at a participating Welsh university.

Commenting on this partnership, Kirsty Williams, Education Minister, said:

“I am extremely proud that the Welsh Government is supporting Fulbright scholars from Wales to study in the US and I am in no doubt that many of these students will go on to be hugely successful on an international scale. This is in addition to continuing to attract scholars and researchers from the US to study at our great universities here in Wales.

“Fulbright is one of the most prestigious scholarship programmes in the world and our investment supports the Welsh Government’s wider international policy to support more of our students to spend time overseas, build bridges between Wales and the world, and to establish even more partnerships and programmes between Welsh and US universities.”

Find out more about the Global Wales awards to the UK, and the award to the US.