The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON Fulbright Scholarship Success

Monday, 13 February 2017

Fulbright Scholarships, funded by sponsors and the Australian and United States of America (US) governments, support researchers to travel to the US in Postdoctoral, Postgraduate or Professional capacities. Some 5,000 Australians have completed scholarships since the Australian-American Fulbright Commission was established 67 years ago.

As part of the Fulbright campaign, Scholars will spend up to six months in the US sharing their knowledge, collaborating with their chosen academic colleagues and the broader US communities through workshops, seminars and public lectures.

Two University of Newcastle researchers will be awarded prestigious Australian-American Fulbright Scholarships at a Gala Presentation ceremony at Parliament House on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Dr Stephanie Gilbert, Coordinator of Teaching Quality and Development at The Wollotuka Institute, has been awarded an Indigenous Postdoctoral Scholarship and Associate Professor Peter Stanwell, School of Health Sciences has been awarded a Professional Scholarship.

Stephanie will use her Fulbright Scholarship to examine the way that trauma can become embedded in our bodies and becomes transmitted across generations. Exploring ‘soul wounds’ and body dysphoria Stephanie will take these concepts into the broader, International context and Peter will use his Fulbright Scholarship to explore the underlying changes that occur in the brain after traumatic brain injury, and how these changes predispose some individuals to later-life cognitive deterioration and neurodegeneration.

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