Lehigh faculty and students receive Fulbright scholarships, other fellowships

It’s a season of high profile international awards for Lehigh University. Two professors and one student received Fulbrights, two students received Gilman scholarships, and one received a Boren scholarship in spring 2017.

Dinissa Duvanova, associate professor of international relations, received a Fulbright research scholarship. She says, “I will use the Fulbright Scholarship to combine fieldwork for my book project Thieves, Opportunists, and Autocrats: Regulatory Discretion and Discretionary Regulation in Post-Communist States with teaching courses in international political economy at Alma University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I will dedicate 50 percent of my scholarship time to teaching and 50 percent to research.”

Jill Sperandio, associate professor of educational leadership, received a Fulbright research scholarship; she will travel to Azerbaijan to study the history of girls’ education. Sperandio was the principal of an international school in the East Asian country’s capital, Baku, from 1998 to 2002.

Evan Gaj ’16 ’17G, a mechanical engineering major, received a Fulbright research scholarship to study drones in Warsaw, Poland.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. In addition to bringing international students and scholars to the United States, it sends Americans to do research at institutions overseas.

Karen Huang ’17 and Sage Chasen ’19 each received a Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. State Department to support their upcoming study abroad. Huang will go to Italy and Chasen will go to Germany.

Toni Isreal ’17 received Lehigh’s first ever David L. Boren Scholarship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program to encourage students to study languages that are uncommon but potentially useful to U.S. interests. She’s majoring in global studies, Africana studies and international relations/modern languages and literature. She’ll study Arabic in Jordan.

The Office of Fellowship Advising assists Lehigh students and faculty who are applying for competitive national fellowships and scholarships, mentoring and guiding them through the application procedure.