Ten Duke Students And Alumni Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Application process is open to Duke seniors, alumni, graduate and professional students

Ten Duke students and recent alumni have been awarded Fulbright placements to teach English, study and do research abroad during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering opportunities in over 140 countries.  The Fulbright award is designed to facilitate cultural exchange and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries.

The Fulbright Scholarship application process is open to Duke seniors, alumni and graduate and professional students. Announcements of winners for the academic year 2019-2020 will continue throughout this summer.

Here is the list of 2019-2020 Fulbright Award winners from Duke, their major, host country and project:             

  • Julia Donheiser, Data Journalism '19, Germany, Integrating Refugees into Public Education in Berlin
  • Louis Garza, English ’17, Taiwan, English Teaching Assistant
  • Melissa Gerdts, International Comparative Studies and Medieval and Renaissance Studies ’19, Spain, English Teaching Assistant
  • Michael Gulcicek, Global Cultural Studies and French ’19, India, English Teaching Assistant
  • Madeline Halpert, Global Health and Psychology ’19, France, English Teaching Assistant
  • Juliana Hoover, Linguistics and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese Concentration) ’19, Malaysia, Impact of Language Education for Rohingya Refugees
  • Charles Huang Biology ’19, Taiwan, English Teaching Assistant
  • Anna Jenkins, Psychology ’19, Germany, English Teaching Assistant
  • Patricia Johnson, Chemistry Ph.D. student, Switzerland, Molecular-scale perspectives on self-healing plastics
  • Ashish Vankara, Biomedical Engineering ’19, India, Assessing the Effect of Palliative Care on Aggressive End of Life Chemotherapy in India

“We’re so proud and delighted for this year’s Fulbright awardees. They have accomplished so much at Duke even before they set to work on the Fulbright application,” said Bevin Tighe, program coordinator for Nationally Competitive Scholarships at Duke. “Helping them craft these applications is a joy. They’re not just applying for a life-changing opportunity, they’re expressing their visions for their futures, and the ways they aim to contribute to our collective future.

“Fulbright is committed to send awardees abroad that represent all of us in our diversity and differences. We want even more of our Duke community to reach out to us and apply.”

Duke students and alumni thinking about applying can take advantage of the full range of advising support from Nationally Competitive Scholarships by acting this summer. Application drafts are due in June and July. The campus deadline for the Fulbright Student Program for 2020 is Aug. 14, 2019.

For more information about the Fulbright Student Program, visit https://us.fulbrightonline.org.