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Congratulations to our 2019 New Zealand Scholars

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.


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