Fulbright Irish awardees forge links in the USA

2024-25 Fulbright Irish Awardees with Minister Byrne, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Mike Clausen, Fulbright Board Chair Prof Paul Donnelly & Executive Director Dr Dara FitzGerald

2024-25 Fulbright Irish Awardees with Minister Byrne, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Mike Clausen, Fulbright Board Chair Prof Paul Donnelly & Executive Director Dr Dara FitzGerald

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and the Embassy of the United States of America in Dublin are pleased to announce 21 Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2024/2025. Recipients were presented with awards at a ceremony in Iveagh House.

The Fulbright bilateral exchange programme has facilitated academic and cultural exchanges and strengthened Ireland and USA relations since 1957. The programme has a reputation for selecting exceptional candidates from across Ireland to study and work in disciplines ranging from health, science, technology, and business to culture, the arts and the Irish language. Academics, professionals, students, and scholars will research, study, teach, and collaborate with experts at leading USA institutions. Their innovative research will have lasting impacts for society.

From August 2024 to August 2025, Fulbright Irish scholars, students and professionals will attend diverse institutions ranging from the University of Puerto Rico, New York University, and the University of Maine to the University of Colorado Denver, The New School and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Awardees will research an exciting range of fields including urban studies, literature, information science, public health, fine arts, political science, engineering, physics, pharmacology, journalism, and genetics. Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs ) will teach the Irish language at such universities as Davidson-Davie Community College, Catholic University of America, the University of Montana, and the University of Notre Dame to name a few.

Irish awardees will serve as cultural ambassadors in the USA and share their knowledge, ideas, and experience when they return home. Inspired by the mission and ethos of the Fulbright Commission, they will strengthen connections between the USA and Ireland and contribute to creating a global culture of understanding that is vital in today’s ever more polarised world.

Chair of the Fulbright Commission Ireland Board, Professor Paul Donnelly, said; “As chair of the Fulbright Ireland Board, I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of the 2024/2025 Fulbright Irish Awards. In a year that saw the commission award Fulbright Public Service Awards to speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi and Dr. Anthony Fauci, so too do Fulbright awardees represent the core Fulbright values of meticulous, innovative, and high-quality research and teaching in service to the public good. As they begin their cultural and educational exchanges in the USA, awardees join a distinguished global network of Fulbright alumni, experts, peers, and colleagues who have achieved success and accolades in all disciplines. I wish the new awardees an enjoyable and fruitful experience in the United States.”

Executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, Dr Dara FitzGerald, said; “Each year, I take pride in the outstanding, passionate recipients of the Fulbright Irish Awards, and I’m filled with renewed hope and optimism for their service to Ireland. This year is no different. Fulbright awardees create an impact not only through innovative research, teaching, or study, but through immersing themselves in the culture of a country and sharing their knowledge and ideas when they return home. I am certain that the empathy, understanding, and passion of the Irish awardees will contribute to a global culture of understanding in today’s world. Comhghairdeas to our new awardees!"

The Fulbright Irish Awards will open on August 29, 2024. Interested candidates should visit www.fulbright.ie for more information.


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