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Loughborough University strengthens partnership with US-UK Fulbright Commission

The existing partnership between the US-UK Fulbright Commission and Loughborough University will see a newly created Fulbright-Loughborough Doctoral Award, and a renewal of our successful participation in the Fulbright Scholar Awards.

The Fulbright-Loughborough Doctoral Award will see one student from the USA who shows Fulbright qualities - high academic attainment, leadership potential and commitment to promoting civic engagement through education exchange - to undertake their PhD at Loughborough University.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission has been promoting peace and cultural understanding through educational exchange since it was established in 1948. The Fulbright Program of awards is now considered amongst the most prestigious scholarship awards globally, with 60 Nobel Laureates and 39 Heads of State/Government within its 390,000 global alumni.

Loughborough University is further delighted to have renewed its agreement with the Fulbright Commission to host Fulbright Scholars. This February Loughborough University is welcoming Dr Elliot Hoey as a Fulbright Scholar. This prestigious scheme has brought several leading American scholars to Loughborough in the past few years, including Dr Enid Montague (2018).

Dr Hoey will be based in the Language and Social Interaction group in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The group is internationally renowned for its fundamental and applied research on human communication. Dr Hoey will join the ‘Real Talk’ healthcare communication team examining how highly experienced practitioners navigate sensitive conversations. During his stay in Loughborough, he will be affiliated with the Institute of Advanced Studies, who will host research events to showcase his work and share knowledge.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Steve Rothberg, commented: “I am delighted that we are expanding the partnership between Loughborough and the Fulbright Commission. It has been a real pleasure and honour to host Fulbright Scholars over the last few years and now I am looking forward to Fulbright Doctoral Researchers joining our world-class research effort. We have over 80 nationalities represented in our doctoral research community and that commitment to cultural diversity, which we and the Fulbright Commission both value so highly, is at the heart of our important partnership.”

The Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission, Maria Balinska, added: “Today’s world is facing immense global challenges – to solve these we need diversity of ideas, voices and perspectives, fostered through international education exchange. The new Fulbright-Loughborough Doctoral Award is a welcome addition to our existing Scholar Award in partnership with Loughborough. Together we can continue to grow the ranks of outward thinking, culturally-aware intellectuals and leaders that the world needs.”

More information on the Fulbright-Loughborough Doctoral Award is available here and you can apply here.