York welcomes latest Fulbright scholars

The University has more Fulbright scholars attending this academic year than any other UK institution

The first of four American scholars to enrol at the University of York on the prestigious Fulbright programme has arrived to begin her studies.

Emily Parrent (below) flew in from near Chicago to take up her place at York studying for a Master’s in Medieval Studies.

The three other scholars include two academic staff and an elementary school teacher from California who is here as part of the Distinguished Awards in Teaching Programme.

In total, 70 American citizens will arrive in the UK on exchange to study, lecture or carry out research.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty in September 1948. It offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars.

Prominent alumni of the programme include poet Sylvia Plath, former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, journalist and author Toby Young and the economist and Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman.

Miss Parrent, 22, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she majored in Classical Civilization and French and Italian Studies.

She said: “York is a beautiful city and everyone has been very welcoming. I’m honoured to be able to call it my home for the next year.

Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the UK and beyond. They will make wonderful ambassadors for the programme, fulfilling Senator Fulbright’s vision of a world brought closer together through academic exchange.”



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