Fulbright Award Success

University of East Anglia Doctoral Candidate, School of American Studies, Azelina Flint receives a Prestigious Fulbright Award to the US.

Azelina Flint (pictured above, right), a student from the University of East Anglia has received an US Embassy American Studies Fulbright Award to enable her to conduct research at Harvard University on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.

As a participant, Azelina has been selected to conduct her research on American writer and author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, at the Houghton Library archive: the largest collection of material appertaining to the Alcott family in the world. Azelina will also have the opportunity to participate in postgraduate modules, symposia and discussion groups at the Harvard University English Department and the Mahindra Humanities Center.

Azelina and the other 46 British grantees of the 2016-17 Fulbright cohort celebrated their success as they met US Ambassador Matthew Barzun at his official London residence, Winfield House during a reception to celebrate US-UK exchange programmes on Wednesday, 15 June.

Commenting on receiving the award, Azelina said: “Since my time as an undergraduate, it has been my dream to immerse myself in Louisa May Alcott’s life and writing in Boston, and Harvard in particular. I never imagined that this opportunity would be facilitated by the Fulbright Commission. Being part of the Fulbright community has given me the great privilege of meeting exceptional scholars from across the world with a variety of highly specialized skills and abilities. At Harvard, I will have the opportunity to examine Alcott’s unpublished manuscripts, meet leading scholars in the field and broaden my general knowledge of American literature. As a Fulbright scholar, I will also participate in outreach work with the Orchard House Education Program and the Walden Woods Conservation Project.”

Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I know our 2016 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the US and beyond. Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships. In the 70th year of the Special Relationship, we are proud to send the best of British academia to the US.”

Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added: “It's very rewarding seeing a group of talented, inspirational and very deserving individuals, embark on a life changing trip to the US. This year's cohort are no exception, and have been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence, and a genuine desire to delve into US culture and collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is 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 is part of the Fulbright 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 and summer programme participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but 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 recipient’s home country upon returning.

Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and a contribution towards tuition fees where applicable. In addition, Fulbright scholars receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join our alumni networks.

Azelina Flint is an AHRC “CHASE” funded doctoral candidate at the School of American Studies, University of East Anglia. She is also a graduate of Royal Holloway, London University (MA Hons) and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (MA). Her thesis explores how nineteenth-century Christian women writers used doctrines of self-sacrifice and renunciation as a means of achieving empowerment. During her six-months at Harvard she will be focusing on the work of Louisa May Alcott and her female relatives, which is housed at the Houghton Library archives. Azelina has presented at numerous international conferences, including those of the American Literature Association and the British Association of Americanists, and her research on the Rossetti family has been published in the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies and Pre-Raphaelite Review. A published poet whose verse on Dante has been exhibited at Sincresis Associazione in Florence, Azelina is also deeply passionate about practice-based research and public engagement. She has volunteered for numerous international education programs in such countries as China and Belize, and looks forward to continuing her involvement in educational outreach at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House Museum and the Walden Woods Project.