2022-23 British Postgraduate Award grantees

Ahmad Elabbar

Ahmad Elabbar

All Disciplines Award - University of California, San Diego

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Ahmad Elabbar

Ahmad Elabbar

All Disciplines Award - University of California, San Diego

Ahmad is a PhD student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, researching the role of justice in global climate assessments.

Having grown up between cultures and countries, moving as a child from Leicestershire to Medina and back again, Ahmad developed an interest in global issues that cross borders and present challenges to diverse communities and ways of life. As such, climate change soon became Ahmad’s focus of study, a common thread throughout his academic journey, which began with a Master’s in Physics from Loughborough University, followed by a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a Master’s in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Cambridge.

Along the way, Ahmad noted a separation in popular and ethical debates over climate justice, which insulate climate science from questions of justice, giving the impression that justice is not a concern for science. Ahmad’s project at the Institute for Practical Ethics at the University of California, San Diego, aims to bridge this separation, placing justice at the heart of climate assessment. He is delighted to join the Fulbright community and experience the joys of discovering the U.S.    

Oluwagbemisola Anifowose-Eso

Oluwagbemisola Anifowose-Eso

All Disciplines Award - MA in Global Thought at Columbia University

Gbemisola is a recent first-class graduate from the University of Warwick where she studied Politics and Sociology.

Through her experience growing up between Nigeria and the UK, Gbemisola recognized that despite the cultural, political, and economic distinctiveness of these countries, they are affected by and responding to the same global issues. Supported by the Fulbright Scholarship, Gbemisola will pursue the MA in Global Thought at Columbia University, where she hopes to conduct an interdisciplinary study of critical global issues – from pandemics to climate crises and social injustice – with the aim of developing practical interventions to address these. She is particularly interested in learning about how urban areas have evolved in the global era and hopes to investigate the contestation of public space in global cities across the world.

Outside of her academics, Gbemisola is looking forward to immersing herself in New York’s iconic jazz scene and exploring the city’s vast culinary offerings.

Adam Boggon

Adam Boggon

All Disciplines Award - MPH in Health Management at Harvard University

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Adam Boggon

Adam Boggon

All Disciplines Award - MPH in Health Management at Harvard University

Adam is a psychiatry trainee in London and an honorary lecturer at UCL. He grew up in West Fife playing youth professional football and spent time at NASA through the Scottish Space School. He studied Medicine at St Andrews (BSc), Aberdeen (MBChB), and in East Africa with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (DTM&H) – winning national medals and awards for medical debating, steeplechase, and Scottish traditional singing. He’s practiced in Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney, London, and at the MRC-Unit The Gambia. During the Covid-19 pandemic he worked in acute medicine and intensive care, helped establish an early vaccination centre, and coordinated the redeployment of over 300 doctors and medical students at the Royal Free Hospital. He believes decisive, collaborative clinician leadership is integral to the future of the NHS and the morale of its workforce. He will undertake a MPH in Health Management at Harvard.

Adam’s writing has been shortlisted for the John Byrne Award, the Lancet Wakley Prize and won the Mountaineering Scotland mountain writing competition. He looks forward to exploring the US national parks in his fell running shoes and chatting enthusiastically to strangers.

Robert Bray

Robert Bray

All Disciplines Award - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Robert Bray

Robert Bray

All Disciplines Award - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rob is a PhD student at Ulster University having completed the International Masters in Fire Safety Engineering, an Erasmus Mundus course organised by the Universities of Ghent, Edinburgh and Lund. Prior to this, whilst completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Central Lancashire, he was part of a unique program dedicated to finding future leaders of the fire and rescue service. This offered him the opportunity to work as a firefighter in Blackburn for two years.

Whilst in Massachusetts he hopes to broaden his understanding of the world. Rob is a lover of history and how it shapes art and architecture. He is keen to explore some great museums including returning to the place where he proposed, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  

Rob will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He aims to explore experimental methods of quantifying material burning behaviour with the intention of improving fire science scalability. He would like to contribute to improving accountability and integrity in the construction industry so that all communities are afforded the right to safe homes. He also hopes to promote fire engineering as a career with the aim of eliminating one of the profession’s major challenges, the deficit of engineers.  

Kieran Carty

Kieran Carty

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship - Stanford University

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Kieran Carty

Kieran Carty

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship - Stanford University

Keiran is from South London, and has worked globally as an investment professional in the private equity and investment banking industry for the past six years. During this time, he has been fortunate to work in both the private and non-profit sectors, for the likes of Credit Suisse and Open Society Foundations. He has also enjoyed traveling extensively, investing across 12 different countries located across East and West Africa, as well as India and the Middle East.

Kerian’s career began at Credit Suisse, where he interned for a number of years as part of the Steps to Success Scholarship program. Post-graduation, Keiran joined Credit Suisse full-time as an Investment Banking Analyst focused on M&A (mergers and acquisitions) for financial institutions. In 2015, Keiran co-founded a non-profit, [Black British City Group (https://www.blackbritishcitygroup.com/), and earned a first-class degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Manchester. Prior to that, he went to an underperforming state school in Lewisham.

Keiran is extremely excited to explore entrepreneurship whilst completing my MBA at Stanford GSB. Moreover, he’s honoured to represent Black British culture as a Fulbright Scholar and share a perspective that is often forgotten, overlooked, or misunderstood within the UK and US.

Thomas Copeland

Thomas Copeland

Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism - Master's degree in Journalism at Columbia University

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Thomas Copeland

Thomas Copeland

Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism - Master's degree in Journalism at Columbia University

Thomas Copeland is from Northern Ireland and will graduate from Queen’s University Belfast in 2022 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Thomas’s passion for public service journalism began at the age of 16 when he set-up Challenges NI, a platform for young people’s voices on the issues affecting their lives. As Head of News at Queen’s Radio, Thomas has won student journalism awards in the UK and Ireland. He also works as an Assistant Producer with Third Street Studios on BBC current affairs programmes and is a freelance broadcast journalist for Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live. Thomas is Chair of the Royal Television Society NI Futures Panel, a member of the US Embassy Dublin Young Leaders’ Council and an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program.

Thomas is excited to be undertaking a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University. He intends to learn new broadcast and multi-media skills and to develop innovative investigative techniques in the dynamic journalistic landscape of New York City. Thomas’ ambition is to harness the power of journalism in order to make a meaningful impact on the lives of audiences in Northern Ireland and across the Globe.

Melissa Danvers

Melissa Danvers

All Disciplines Award - MA in International Education, George Washington University

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Melissa Danvers

Melissa Danvers

All Disciplines Award - MA in International Education, George Washington University

A Londoner of Ghanaian and Jamaican heritage, Melissa is an aspiring international educator with a first-class degree in Modern Languages from the University of Warwick. Upon graduating in 2018, she moved to Japan to work as an Assistant Language Teacher, specialising in English and Global Citizenship Education. This position not only reaffirmed her belief in the value of education and cultural exchange, but also enabled her to explore her own identity as a member of the global African diaspora. Since returning to the UK, Melissa has worked in higher education, supporting widening participation initiatives at the University of Cambridge and study abroad programming at the University of Reading.

At the George Washington University, Melissa will combine her interests in education, cross-cultural exchange and diasporic African communities through an MA in International Education. Harnessing the knowledge that she obtains from this degree programme, she hopes to coordinate Anglo-African educational initiatives that promote access to learning and facilitate intercultural interactions.

Outside of academia, Melissa enjoys volunteering, outdoor activities and dance. While in the US, she is excited to contribute to her local D.C. community, explore the Appalachian Trail and visit New York to experience the city’s unique On2 salsa scene!

Phebe Ekregbesi

Phebe Ekregbesi

All Disciplines Award - Johns Hopkins University

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Phebe Ekregbesi

Phebe Ekregbesi

All Disciplines Award - Johns Hopkins University

Phebe graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Bath in 2018. Phebe’s passion for malaria research was crystalised during a year-long internship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she worked in collaboration with NHS partners to publish a report into causes anaemia during sepsis.

Since 2019 she has been a research technician in various immunology labs within at Imperial College London. Phebe has contributed through technical support and training to ongoing research projects ranging from infectious diseases to asthma. While at JHU, Phebe aims to investigate the immune consequences of pregnancy-associated malaria from the maternal, foetal, and infant perspectives. This Fulbright will give them the opportunity to integrate learning from the classroom, laboratory, and community settings to encourage better dialogue between scientists, participants, policy-makers, and the general public.

Outside of the laboratory, Phebe volunteers with multiple organisations promoting STEM field to under-represented groups – whether mentoring young girls and non-binary people through the Stemettes; or celebrating black voices with the Black in Immuno Hub -  and is excited to expand this work within Baltimore.

James Hong-En Kang

James Hong-En Kang

Fulbright-Elsevier Data Analytics Award - University of California, Berkeley

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James Hong-En Kang

James Hong-En Kang

Fulbright-Elsevier Data Analytics Award - University of California, Berkeley

James is a Gastroenterology doctor interested in the use of epidemiology and ‘big data’ analytics to improve healthcare delivery and equity. Since qualifying from the University of Oxford, James moved to the East of England to work as an Academic Foundation doctor and later as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, Specialist Registrar and Chief Resident at his hospital. Between hospital shifts, James learned to work with large epidemiological datasets as part of a European cohort study examining the role of nutrition in cancer development.

At the University of California, Berkeley, James will learn important research methodologies that will be foundational for his future research career. In particular, he wishes to focus on the use of large volume, varied and frequently unstructured data characteristic of 'big data’ research. Although James is currently interested in using big data for risk prediction modelling to aid the early detection of cancer, such methodology would be applicable to many other different health problems. After his return to the UK, James hopes to complete a PhD and pursue a career as an academic clinician using the knowledge and expertise he will have acquired during his time in the United States.   

Christina Last

Christina Last

All Disciplines Award

Christina Last is a Data Scientist using advanced analytics to understand our built environment. Having grown up with a passion for understanding urban inequality, she's helped build software, and plan cities in Harvard, London, and NYC. Christina attended the University of Bristol, graduating with a First Class in Geography with Quantitative Methods. 

Christina has collaborated with a number of city governments and international organizations as a Research Data Scientist at The Alan Turing Institute, (the UK's National Institute for AI and Data Science), where she built machine learning techniques examining the human impact of the industrial revolution. She has led various international research projects using cutting-edge machine learning to solve humanitarian challenges, most recently as a Senior Data Scientist collaborating with UNICEF to model air quality during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Christina's ambition is to be a world leader in artificial intelligence, informing the actions of governments and developers as they transform built environments. During a master's in Urban Science at MIT, Christina aims to develop software and hardware solutions to lay the groundwork for permanent and long-term improvements to walking conditions on the city’s streets. Though the research and spinout opportunities are Christina's main attraction to MIT, she welcomes the opportunity to attend local tango dance events ("milongas") in the Greater Boston area.

Rizwaan Malik

Rizwaan Malik

All Disciplines Award

Temitope Mayomi

Temitope Mayomi

All Disciplines Award - Master's in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University

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Temitope Mayomi

Temitope Mayomi

All Disciplines Award - Master's in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University

Tope is an anti-violence worker and researcher with an abolitionist vision of justice. As a Black disabled person, their experiences with psychiatry pushed them towards abolition where they found community as a grassroots organizer and educator with the transformative justice collective, Cradle Community. 

Tope is a co-author of Cradle’s first book, 'Brick by Brick: How We Build a World Without Prisons (2021)'. Tope has worked with both perpetrators and survivors of violence in prisons and in the community and recognises the structural roots of normalized violence. After completing a BA in Social Sciences at King’s College London, Tope will be studying a Master of Arts in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University to analyse the role of psychiatry in legitimizing incarceration by naturalizing violence within individual psychology. Tope aims to use their scholarship to continue exploring alternative modes of accountability that do not reproduce harm or treat individuals as disposable through future work in criminal defence mitigation. Tope is looking forward to the opportunity to build and learn in solidarity with organizers in New York on working towards community safety.

Vankshita Mishra

Vankshita Mishra

Fulbright-BAFTA Postgraduate Scholarship

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Vankshita Mishra

Vankshita Mishra

Fulbright-BAFTA Postgraduate Scholarship

Sharif Kazemi

Sharif Kazemi

All Disciplines Award - Master's of Public Policy at The School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University

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Sharif Kazemi

Sharif Kazemi

All Disciplines Award - Master's of Public Policy at The School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University

Mohammadmehdi’s experience of education has always been diverse. He attended elementary school in Southern Iran and finished high school with A-levels in London. In education strategy, he worked for both private investors valuing profit and development organizations focused on impact.

Mohammadmehdi is excited to combine these experiences in the US, studying public policy through Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In particular, he hopes to support lifelong learning solutions to ensure that future workforces can continuously re-skill in the face of the challenges posed by automation. The workforces most at-risk of automation are also those in less economically developed nations, such as in his home region of the Middle East where he hopes to one day return to work. To this end, Mohammadmehdi will be specializing in international development, data analytics and Arabic.

As a member of the global Fulbright network, Mohammadmehdi is excited to learn from my peers and for this two-way learning to be a lifelong endeavor beginning with my two years in New York City. During this time, he also hopes to continue my film photography and document the diverse communities around the city’s famous five boroughs.

Alice Simm

Alice Simm

Fulbright Postgraduate Award at Indiana University , LLM Law

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Alice Simm

Alice Simm

Fulbright Postgraduate Award at Indiana University , LLM Law

Alice graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Liverpool. After taking part in an expedition to India in 2018 and volunteering in the slums in Chennai, Alice became aware of different traumas and human rights violations that many people suffer from. This experience opened her eyes to the violations of fundamental human rights that are taking place all over the world. From this, Alice decided to pursue a degree in Law, in the hope of becoming an advocate for international human rights.

During her time in the United States, Alice hopes to give back to the community, by taking part in pro bono schemes. She wants to widen her experiences and knowledge in human rights law through academic and practical work, with the aim of returning to the UK to train as a qualified solicitor. Once qualified, she plans to travel to countries where extreme human rights violations take place, to educate people on their international rights.

Mia Testa

Mia Testa

All Disciplines Award, Stony Brook University

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Mia Testa

Mia Testa

All Disciplines Award, Stony Brook University

Born and raised on the Isle of Wight, Mia’s early experiences living in a low income household and attending failing schools have made her passionate about the accessibility of the arts and education as a tool for social mobility. She went on to attend the University of Oxford on a Crankstart Scholarship, and graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2020. Her time there is what has fuelled her desire to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing and tell stories about the intricacies of class, wealth, gender, and the intersection of all three.

At Stony Brook University, Mia looks forward to refining her craft alongside similarly minded writers, sharing her passion for educational accessibility through teaching and outreach work, exploring the New York and New England areas through food, architecture, music, and history, and sharing her experiences on her YouTube channel.

Carmen Villa-Llera

Carmen Villa-Llera

All Disciplines Award - Visiting Student researcher in Public Policy at the University of Chicago

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Carmen Villa-Llera

Carmen Villa-Llera

All Disciplines Award - Visiting Student researcher in Public Policy at the University of Chicago

Carmen is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Warwick, and a researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance. Her work leverages economic modelling and data to understand more about gentrification, wage inequality, public housing, and crime in London.

Carmen was born in Spain and holds a BA from University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and an MA from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). She moved to London after completing her studies, and she has been researching spatial inequality in the UK since 2017. She is excited to keep learning from some of the World’s leading researchers at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she will spend 6 months as a non-degree visiting student.

An avid music lover, Carmen plays the guitar in her free time and looks forward to exploring the music scene in Chicago. During her stay in the U.S she would like to visit Nashville, and California.