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TBSHS Alumnus Stuart Middleton Receives a Fulbright Award to the US

Date published: Wed 14 Jun 2017   Author: HLH/SM   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

TBSHS Alumnus Stuart Middleton Receives a Fulbright Award to the US

Stuart Middleton, a student at TBSHS between 1992 and 1998 and currently a research fellow in history at Fitzwilliam College, has received a Fulbright Award to enable him to spend a year at New York University, on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

As a participant, Stuart has been selected to research the networks and debates that linked progressive intellectuals in Britain and America between the 1930s and the late 1950s, using a set of unique archival holdings in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Illinois, Tulsa, Stanford, and Los Angeles. This programme of research will enable him to reconstruct the first complete intellectual history of transatlantic progressive politics between the 1930s and 1950s. It will re-contextualise some of the most influential figures in twentieth-century literature, criticism, and philosophy, including John Dewey, Cyril Connolly, and George Orwell (who was an influential contributor to the magazine Partisan Review in the 1940s). By tracing the development of transatlantic progressive politics over this period, his research will also demonstrate how the conditions for the acceptance of early neo-liberalism were established in Britain and America.

Stuart and the other 44 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.

Stuart said: “I’m very excited by this award, which is a unique opportunity in my career as a historian. International collaborations between individuals and institutions are increasingly important in the humanities, but opportunities for sustained periods of research abroad are rare. Participating in the Fulbright programme, with its incredible institutional support and global network of alumni, is a fantastic way to build those collaborations in my field. In addition to seeing American academic institutions and research cultures from the inside, I’m looking forward to living in New York City with my family and to experiencing something of the diversity of American culture in the Midwest, Oklahoma, and California.”

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.

Stuart Middleton is a historian of political and intellectual cultures in Britain, Western Europe and America since the late nineteenth century. During his Fulbright year at New York University he will be researching the networks that linked progressive intellectuals in Britain and America between the 1930s and the late 1950s, using a set of unique archival holdings in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Illinois, Tulsa, Stanford, and Los Angeles. Stuart was a student at TBSHS between 1992 and 1998 and went on to read history at the University of Cambridge, where he is currently a research fellow at Fitzwilliam College. He is looking forward to participating in the world-leading research forums in modern British and intellectual history that are hosted in New York, and helping to build innovative transatlantic collaborations among historians and other academics. His Fulbright award will provide exposure to an extraordinary range of academic practices and resources in the USA, which he will share with students and colleagues upon his return to Britain.

Full details regarding the Awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and Awards categories, can be found on the Fulbright website.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was founded by diplomatic treaty in 1948, to foster intercultural understanding between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland through educational exchange.

The Fulbright Commission is part of the scholarship programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients will be the leaders of tomorrow and support the special relationship between the US and UK.

The Commission continues to support Senator Fulbright’s vision through our scholarship and summer programmes, enabling British and American citizens to study, research or teach at universities on either side of the Atlantic.

There have been over 27,000 Fulbright exchanges between our two countries so far. Prominent alumni of the US-UK Fulbright programme include poet Sylvia Plath; politician Charles Kennedy; journalist, author and Fulbright Commissioner Toby Young; and the economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman. 

As part of the EducationUSA network, we also offer British students free, accurate, and comprehensive information about opportunities to study at accredited universities in the USA. We organise USA College Day, the largest US university fair in Europe. There are currently 11,600 British students at American universities.

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