in June 2021
Named for U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, who sponsored legislation creating the prestigious scholarship, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country’s largest educational exchange program, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country. The program awards approximately 2,000 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Alexandra Lombardo, a medical student at JHU, won a grant for National Taiwan University’s Master of Science in Global Health program in Taipei. Through this master’s degree, Lombardo’s interest lies in addressing disparities in women’s health care, and she hopes to write a thesis on the impacts of COVID-19 on reproductive health care in the U.S. and Taiwan. Beyond her studies, she looks forward to volunteering at the Tzu Chi’s free clinic for migrants and joining an outdoors club.
Matthew Pellegrino, a PhD student in the Composition Department at Peabody, received a Fulbright award to pursue a project addressing transracial adoption through music in South Korea. Pellegrino’s project honors Pansori, an ancient Korean form of sung storytelling, while exploring Korean-American adoptee identity; he plans to take the final project on tour through South Korea. His interests beyond composition and research in South Korea include learning martial arts, participating in music open mics, and joining a film club to further his interest in Korean film.
More information about the Fulbright application process can be found on the National Fellowships Program website.
Learn more about all fifteen JHU winners at The Hub.