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40 Fulbright Irish awardees USA-bound

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40 Fulbright Irish awardees USA-bound

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40 Fulbright Irish awardees USA-bound

The innovative new research undertaken by the 2022-23 Fulbright Irish awardees will have lasting impacts for society.

The Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Joe Hackett and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Alexandra McKnight, on behalf of U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Clare Cronin, recently announced 40 Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2022-2023. The recipients were presented with awards at a ceremony in Iveagh House on 9 June.

The Fulbright Program has served to strengthen international relations for 75 years. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland’s vision of inspiring minds to create a global culture of understanding is more important than ever in today’s increasingly polarised world. This year’s Irish awardees will undertake research, teaching and study in the USA, spanning many disciplines. They will address pressing societal issues, engage with U.S. society, and share their knowledge when they return home.

The recipient of the Fulbright-Creative Ireland Professional Fellowship Award, Edel Meade, is a vocalist, composer, songwriter, performing artist, recording artist and educator from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

An original artist working in the field of jazz, folk and contemporary music, her research will explore the intersection between jazz and traditional music and song from Ireland. Her award will culminate in a world-premiere live concert performance in collaboration with Bay Area musicians at the California Jazz Conservatory in June 2023. Edel is a recipient of the Fulbright Ireland Mary McPartlan Fund.

Edel Meade, Fulbright-Creative Ireland Professional Fellowship Award recipient

As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar to The Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab at UC Berkeley, Dr Angela Butler (Intel Ireland) will investigate the fascinating connection that humans forge with artificial intelligence (AI). Fulbright-National University of Ireland Scholar Dr Colette Murray (Technological University Dublin) will visit the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University to map how Irish Traveller and Indigenous children (Southwest USA) experience Early Childhood Education and Care systems through a Tribal Critical Race Theory lens.

Fulbright-EPA Scholar, Dr Nuala Flood (Queen’s University Belfast) will work with the Parsons School of Design to explore innovative design for place-based climate resilience. Raphael Onwunali, the inaugural recipient of the Fulbright-Frederick and Anna Douglass Award and a graduate of Dublin City University, will travel to The University of Chicago to complete a Master of Public Policy.

These are just a few examples of the work that Fulbright Irish Scholars, Students, and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) will undertake over the coming year.

The next round of applications for Fulbright Irish Awards will open on 31st August 2022, interested candidates should visit for more information.

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