People standing and smiling
Pictured (from left) are Fulbright Scholars Natasha Frolova, Duc Viet Nguyen, Kashif Hanif and Abdulilah Mayet; Diane O’Dowd, vice provost for academic personnel; Roxane Cohen Silver, vice provost for academic planning and institutional research; Hal Stern, provost and executive vice chancellor; Michael Dennin, vice provost for teaching and learning; Gillian Hayes, dean of the Graduate Division; Fulbright Scholar Chiung-hsuan Chiu; and Phu Nguyen.

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor recently hosted a welcome event for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars studying at UC Irvine. 

“We are pleased to host these Fulbright scholars at UCI,” said provost and executive vice chancellor Hal Stern. “Their collaborations with scholars at UCI advance their careers while benefitting our campus, their home institution and their home countries.”

During the 2023-24 academic year, UCI is hosting seven scholars, and one faculty member, UCI Law Professor David Kaye, is serving as a Fulbright scholar in Sweden. While two scholars are scheduled to be on campus during the second half of the year, the five scholars from India, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Vietnam attended the welcome event. Since the early 1970s, UCI has hosted nearly 200 scholars from the prestigious program, which is known for its rigorous and competitive selection process.

“We wanted to give the scholars an opportunity to meet each other and learn more about UCI,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, vice provost for academic planning and institutional research. “Our hosting these scholars also gives us an opportunity to showcase UCI and increase our international visibility.”

The Fulbright scholars are: 

Coming later this year are Upendra Harbola from the Indian Institute of Science in India to study chemistry and Pragya Agarwal from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom to study social sciences.

Each year, about 900 faculty members and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the U.S. Individual grants are available to scholars from over 100 countries. Those who meet the eligibility requirements apply for grants through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in their home country. After a thorough selection process in the home country, final approval for awards is issued by the presidentially appointed Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the U.S. Visits range in length from three to 12 months.