Established in 1957, the Fulbright Programme in Ireland awards grants to Irish citizens to study, research, or teach in the United States. Since its formation, over 2,000 postgraduate students, scholars, professionals, and teachers have participated in the program. Under an agreement established between the Smithsonian and the Fulbright Commission of Ireland in 2017, fellows are chosen to conduct independent research or study at the Smithsonian every year.
Ms Patricia Kenny and Mr Fernando Sanchez-Migallon Cano were selected as the fellows for the 2019-2020 Smithsonian-Irish Fulbright Fellowship Program. Below is the bio of our new fellows. Congratulations and welcome to the Smithsonian!
Ms Patricia Kenny: Fulbright Student Awardee from UCD to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Ms Patricia Kenny is a second year PhD candidate in UCD. Her current research, funded by the Irish Research Council, and the National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship prize, focuses upon the use of unusual stone in European prehistoric societies. As a recipient of a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship, she will research this topic on an international scale in the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Mr Fernando Sanchez-Migallon Cano: Fulbright Student Awardee from TCD to Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Mr Fernando Sanchez-Migallon Cano is a second-year Government of Ireland Irish Research Council doctoral scholar at TCD. His major field of research is art history and its application to museum studies focusing on the socio cultural impact of exhibition making. As a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellow, he will conduct research at the Office of International Relationships, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Fernando will examine the role of museums and cultural programs in the construction and dissemination of knowledge.