Five Lewis & Clark Students and Alumni to Participate in Highly Competitive Fulbright Program
Emily Hayes-Rich BA ’19, Stephen Holden Jones BA ’18, and David Manicke BA ’21 have recently been awarded Fulbright research grants, while last year’s winners, Noah Foster-Koth BA ’19 and Cole Harris BA ’20, are now hoping to begin their postponed fellowships. The Fulbright Program was particularly competitive this year, with applications up 12 percent.
One Lewis & Clark senior and two recent alumni have been awarded new Fulbright study/research grants for the coming year, while last year’s two winners are now hoping to begin their postponed fellowships this fall. The Fulbright Program, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, was particularly competitive this year, with applications up 12 percent.
Stephen Holden Jones BA ’18, a biology major, will conduct his research, titled “Studying Amphibian Conservation on Cacao Plantations,” in Ecuador; international affairs and German studies double major David Manicke BA ’21 will be based in Germany; and Emily Hayes-Rich BA ’19, history major and current master’s in archaeology student at the University of New Mexico, will study in Morocco for her project “Old Answers to New Questions: Traditional Water Management as a Solution to Climate Change.”
Last year’s Lewis & Clark winners, Noah Foster-Koth BA ’19 (Colombia) and Cole Harris BA ’20 (Uganda), are expecting to begin their postponed Fulbrights this fall. In the meantime, Noah has been working as a COVID-19 contact tracer with multilingual communities in Seattle. Cole has been working for a nonprofit since graduating, as well as providing research assistance to Assistant Professor of International Affairs Laura Vinson.
Peter Bradley BA ’19 won a Fulbright English Teaching Award to Argentina for 2019–20, and served for 11 days in March (mostly in quarantine) before returning home because of the pandemic. He has been named an alternate for this year.
The Fulbright Program, widely regarded as the most prestigious international exchange program in the world, allows students, faculty, and professionals the opportunity to teach or conduct research abroad in a subject of their choice. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1946, the program offers individuals the resources and support to bring nations together through intercultural dialogue.