Hannah Mumby, a Drapers’ Company Research Fellow, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to enable her to research at Colorado State University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.
As a participant, Hannah has been selected to conduct research on male African elephant sociality under different levels of poaching impact. She will collaborate with Professor George Wittemyer at the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and use data from his study site in Samburu, Kenya, along with her data collected in collaboration with Elephants Alive in the Greater Kruger area of South Africa.
Hannah and the 44 other British grantees of the 2017-18 Fulbright cohort will celebrate their success at a reception hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Thursday 6 July.
Commenting on the Award, Hannah said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have this incredible opportunity to travel to the US and work with a renowned conservation biologist and elephant behaviour specialist. I am looking forward to initiating a fruitful collaboration and doing science that has a real impact on our understanding of the ongoing poaching crisis. I am also very excited to experience all that Colorado has to offer, from teaching at the university, to seeing all the wildlife of the Rockies! I’m also planning to travel more widely in the US to give seminars and interact with colleagues. I couldn’t be more excited to be a Fulbrighter.”
Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “The impact of the Fulbright programme can change the world. Our Fulbrighters will return to the UK having been exposed to different cultures, value systems and schools of thought. They will have the capacity to be more empathetic global citizens and be better prepared for collaboration across borders, between the US and the UK, and beyond.”
Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added: “No greater example of the continued importance of international education can be found than in the determination and drive of our 2017-18 grantees. These students, academics and professionals have identified the relevance of intercultural cooperation to their careers. As Fulbright alumni and future leaders, they will be able to foster personal and professional connections between nations.”
The Fulbright Commission provides the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering Awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university.
The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process, looking for academic excellence alongside a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the UK upon returning.
Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and/or a contribution towards tuition fees. Fulbright scholars receive administrative support and a cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in the USA, a re-entry session and access to a global alumni network.