The Fulbright Commission in Ireland, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the Irish Government's Creative Ireland initiative, is pleased to announce the launch of the Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships.
Each year for four years, beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, three Irish post-graduate students will be awarded a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship to complete short-term research at one of three world-class museums in the United States: The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and The Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. Proposed research projects must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and creativity, and include substantive community engagement.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Department of State's flagship international educational exchange program. Creative Ireland is the Irish Government's ambitious five-year initiative to place culture and creativity at the heart of public policy.
John Hegarty, Chairman of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, said:
"For some time, the Fulbright Commission in Ireland has been working with educational and cultural institutions and industry to create new awards, to build on our long-standing student and scholar exchanges. The Fulbright Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship initiative is profoundly exciting and innovative, linking the Creative Ireland program and some of the most renowned museums in the United States. I am confident these fellowships will unleash a new level of creativity in those lucky enough to win the awards."
Reece Smyth, Charge d'affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy in Ireland, said:
"These fellowships will harness the transformative potential of creativity, scientific inquiry, and heritage preservation through innovative research collaborations. In addition to realizing the Fulbright program's goal of mutual understanding, these fellowships will strengthen U.S.-Ireland ties in creativity and innovation for the next generation."
Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, said:
"The setting up of ‘The Fulbright Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships' sends a very important message internationally about how Ireland values its culture and how the Irish Government is setting out an ambitious creativity agenda. A key part of the Creative Ireland Programme is to unify Ireland's global reputation, engender new exiting creative networks, learn from international examples, and explore how other countries prioritise arts and culture and I am delighted that Irish students will be able to experience this first hand".
Eric Woodard, Director of Fellowship and Internships at The Smithsonian Institution, said:
"With unique access to the Smithsonian's facilities, collections, and experts at the world's largest museum the opportunities for fellows participating in this program are boundless. These fellowships represent a great investment in the U.S.-Ireland relationship by bringing together our cultural preservationists to exchange best practices. The Irish fellows will enhance their knowledge at the Smithsonian and then be able to bring that knowledge back to Irish museums and cultural institutions."
Stephen Enniss, Director of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, said:
"Irish literature collections are a cornerstone of the Ransom Center holdings, so we are delighted to join the Fulbright Creative-Ireland initiative. Along with the recent establishment of an Irish Consulate in Austin, this fellowship provides a concrete opportunity to build creative and cultural ties between Texas and Ireland."
Chris Flink, Executive Director at The Exploratorium, said:
"The Exploratorium is more than a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of the world through science, art, and human perception. Through this fellowship, Irish researchers will have the opportunity to innovate and pursue their own work alongside thought-leaders in an institution that is committed to transforming learning worldwide. We're delighted to join the Fulbright-Creative Ireland initiative, putting creativity at the heart of scientific inquiry and combining the inspirational spirit of Ireland with the culture of innovation in the Bay Area."
Click here for further details on the Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships. Application and eligibility information will be announced on the Fulbright Commission Ireland Website in August 2017.