Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Awards now open for applications

24 Aug 2012

Daniel Ryan, a solar physics PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin who will undertake research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, is pictured at the launch of this year's Fulbright Awards

The Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Award in Innovation will award up to €10,000 in funding to eligible Irish students, scholars and professionals who wish to spend a year pursuing further study or research at higher education, cultural, and related institutions in the United States.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 Fulbright Awards programme to fund individuals whose research in innovation could develop new technologies or processes that could lead to job creation or increased exports.

In 2012 there was a record-breaking 37 Irish awardees, the winners being offered the opportunity to study, research, and build relationships in the United States.

“Year after year, the Fulbright Awards attract Ireland’s top researchers, professionals, and graduates. I have no doubt that this year will be the same,” said Una Halligan, chairperson of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland. “The Fulbrighters gain invaluable experience that they can share upon their return to Ireland that will set them apart in their fields. I would encourage any interested applicants to visit our website for more information.”

One of this year’s awardees, Natasa Paterson, will be attending the University of California. Currently studying for a PhD in Trinity College Dublin, she will be attending the Los Angeles university’s renowned film scoring programme, to further her research in film and game scoring methods and the potential for augmented reality music composition.

The closing date for applications is 14 November 2012.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.