Fulbright Scholars will be welcomed to the University of Essex for the next three years through a new partnership agreement with the Fulbright Commission, which oversees the prestigious international exchange programme.
The first Fulbright scholar under the Fulbright-Essex University Award will be Elizabeth Sneller who joins the University in October 2011 to study for a Masters degree in English Language and Linguistics.
Her studies will focus on the connection between social injustice and language change. In addition to her studies, Elizabeth also plans to undertake volunteering in the local community, which is another important aspect of the Fulbright Programme.
The Fulbright-Essex University Award offers a United States citizen the opportunity to study for a one-year Masters degree (or the first year of a longer Masters or PhD programme) in any discipline at Essex.
University of Essex Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: “Over the next three years this new partnership scheme will see us welcoming outstanding American postgraduates to Essex to study with our world leading academics. We are proud of our strong links with the Fulbright Commission and this scheme will further strengthen that relationship.”
Head of the Department of Language and Linguistics Dr Doug Arnold said: "I'm delighted the Department is involved in this very prestigious scholarship programme, and very much look forward to welcoming Elizabeth onto our Masters programme."
Jann Marson (pictured) is currently studying in the Department of Art History and Theory at the university under the main Fulbright Awards Programme and believes the year at Essex has given him unique professional opportunities he would not have found elsewhere.
He said: “What I enjoyed most during my time at Essex was the opportunity to teach and to co-chair a research workshop at the Tate Modern." He added:
"Working closely with the department gave me access to top specialists in my field, thanks to their partnership with the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and Its Legacies, and to a unique range of seminars by distinguished lecturers.
“I benefitted greatly from the University’s close proximity to London, which provided easy access to primary sources held in the city’s numerous world-class libraries and archives. I am also grateful for the generous encouragement and support I received from faculty, staff and fellow graduate students in the department. My research and teaching experience at Essex will be a distinctive advantage as I complete my PhD and go out into the job market."
Commenting on Fulbright's relationship with the University of Essex, Michael Scott-Kline, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, said: "Over the years Essex has been a popular choice amongst our American scholars and I'm thrilled to announce a new partnership scholarship scheme between Fulbright and the University of Essex. The Fulbright-Essex University Award will see more of the best and brightest American postgraduates studying at Essex each year."
Notes to Editors
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is part of an inspirational global programme conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of Second World War. The Fulbright programme currently operates in 155 countries around the world.
More than 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed by taking part in the Fulbright Programme. The Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the Department of State in the United States, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners.
The Fulbright-Essex University Postgrad Award is now accepting applications until 17 October. Further information about applying is available at: www.fulbright.co.uk
More information about studying at the University of Essex can be found at: www.essex.ac.uk