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2019 Fulbright New Zealand Scholars Announced

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, 19 February, 2019 --- Fulbright New Zealand is proud to announce the 2019 New Zealand Scholar Award Grantees. Representing six different universities and research institutions in New Zealand, each scholar will head to the US as early as August 2019 to pursue independent research in the United States, forming international collaborations to solve some of the world’s challenging issues.

The 2019 Fulbright New Zealand Scholars are:

Fiona Amundsen from Auckland University of Technology will research relationships between documentary photographic and video artworks and the socio-political realities of military capitalism at California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, California.

Nicola Daly from the University of Waikato will teach and research multilingualism in children’s literature at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, Arizona.

Julia Horsfield from the University of Otago will use single-cell sequencing to research how cell fate decisions are controlled in the zebrafish animal model at the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Irvine in California.

Rangimarie Mahuika from the University of Waikato will research the connections and contrasts between traditional Maori and Native American legal and political concepts at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.



Anna Palliser from the Southern Institute of Technology will research urban food security and food sovereignty at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Susan Schenk from Victoria University of Wellington will develop a Zebrafish model of drug addiction and research brain changes that accompany repeated exposure to drugs at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The 2019 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar is:
The Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award is for a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to lecture and/or conduct research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development.

Jason Mika from Massey University will research the design of effective enterprise assistance for indigenous entrepreneurs at Stanford University in San Francisco, California and University of Arizona in Tuscon, Arizona.

Fulbright Scholar awards are unique in that they are available for research in any field, but are united in the common goal to forge international collaboration and have a transformational impact in their area of expertise.
“I was initially inspired by Senator Fulbright’s original aims of establishing a greater sense of mutual understanding of one another’s cultural difference, along with promoting peace and friendship. While this Fulbright award allows for valuable and concentrated time to develop a significant new body of artworks, it also provides connections to an established whanau network,” said Fiona Amundsen.

“I have known a number of Fulbright alumni, and every one of them have all spoken of their Fulbright experiences as having been really significant in terms of making important networks and connections, while providing them with a much broader perspective on the common issues,” said Rangimarie Mahuika.

The 2019 Fulbright New Zealand Scholars will be honoured at the annual Fulbright Award Ceremony in June.

About Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards are for New Zealand academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research at US institutions. A small number of awards valued at up to US$37,500 are granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research. These awards are available for lecturing and/or research in any field, at any US institute.

Applications for Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards close 1 October annually.

About Fulbright New Zealand

Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America. The Fulbright programme offers a range of prestigious awards for New Zealand and American graduate students, academics, artists and professionals to study, research and teach in each other’s countries. More than 3,000 people have benefited from a Fulbright exchange between New Zealand and the United States to date. The programme is jointly funded by the US and New Zealand governments with additional funding from award sponsors, private philanthropists and alumni donors. More information is available here.

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