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MIC Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship to Study in US

Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan T.D., and the US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, recently announced 31 new Irish Fulbright Awardees, including AnneMarie Brosnan, PhD candidate at Mary Immaculate College (MIC).

The Fulbright Programme was set up by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 and is the largest U.S. international exchange programme in the world. Fulbright scholarships have provided Irish students, scholars and professionals with the opportunity to study, lecture and research at top universities and institutions in the U.S. since 1957. The Fulbright Award offers a means of international partnership to exchange ideas, promote mutual understanding and gain rich insights into each partner’s social, cultural, economic and political landscapes. Fulbright Scholars are widely recognised as pioneering leaders in their fields as it is one of the most prestigious awards programmes worldwide, operating in over 155 countries.

Speaking at the event which was hosted in Iveagh House earlier this week Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan T.D. commented; “The range of specialist knowledge amongst Fulbright Awardees makes them a very strong group of representatives for Ireland”.

According to US Ambassador, Kevin O’Malley, “Year on year US and Irish Fulbrighters provide a fascinating insight into the direction of global research in a wide variety of fields. The Fulbright programme provides a unique platform for international scholars to break new ground, to collaborate with other world class researchers and to make a difference.”

Originally from Limerick, AnneMarie completed the BEd programme in MIC in 2011, began a research masters in history in 2012 before transferring to the PhD register in 2013. As her research examines African American education in North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction era, AnneMarie will be using her Fulbright Scholarship to travel to North Carolina where she will conduct archival research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to investigate the growth and development of African American education in North Carolina during the period 1861-1876.

Following the announcement of the award AnneMarie said; “I feel truly privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity and I look forward to representing not only MIC but also my home city of Limerick in North Carolina”.

Congratulating Annemarie on her achievement Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC said “I wish to congratulate AnneMarie Brosnan on being awarded a Fulbright scholarship and I wish her every success in her time in Carolina over the coming academic year. This prestigious award is further evidence of the rising profile of research and scholarship in Mary Immaculate College, a development which the College takes much pride in”.

Liam Chambers, Head of History at MIC said; “I would like to offer warmest congratulations to AnneMarie and her supervisor, Dr. Úna Ní Bhroiméil. Fulbright awards are highly competitive, so it is obviously a testament to the quality of AnneMarie’s research that she has been funded. Indeed, the award also follows a Research Fellowship awarded to AnneMarie by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in 2014. More generally, AnneMarie’s success underlines the range and value of postgraduate work undertaken in the Department of History here at Mary Immaculate College.”

Also commenting on her success was Prof. Michael Healy, Associate Vice President of Research at MIC who said; “The Fulbright Awards are very prestigious, high-profile awards made to a small number of Irish academics to undertake research in the United States. In this study AnneMarie will interrogate the accepted image of the freedmen’s teacher in North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction era, 1861-1876. As a teacher and researcher, she is ideally positioned to undertake this work, which will provide an accurate account of the freedmen’s teachers’ racial, demographic and gendered composition, as well a contemporary interpretation of their character, morals and dominant motivation for seeking work in southern black schools. Her work will help to tell more fully the histories of the teachers who have previously been omitted from Reconstruction scholarship.”

The next round of applications for Irish Fulbright Awardees will open on Monday, August 31st, 2015. Interested applicants in all disciplines are encouraged to visit the Fulbright Commission’s website, www.fulbright.ie, for more information. All applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be due on Friday, October 30th, 2015.

Fulbright Awardee AnneMarie Brosnan, PhD candidate at MIC with Prof. Michael Healy, Associate Vice President of Research at MIC

AnneMarie and her supervisor, Dr. Úna Ní Bhroiméil

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