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History student receives Fulbright Award

TAMPA, Fla. -- Brittany Vosler of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to continue her doctoral dissertation research at the University of the West Indies -- Cave Hill in Barbados. Vosler is one of only two students to receive a full grant to Barbados under the Fulbright program this year.

Focusing on the British Caribbean, and specifically Barbados, Vosler will research how Pan-Africanism and other internationalist ideologies connect local struggles against colonial rule with global politics under the mentorship of Frederick Ochieng-Odhiambo, Ph.D., at the University of the West Indies. Vosler received her master’s degree from USF in history and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in history and English literature.

As a Ph.D. student in history, Vosler represents the Graduate School, where her academic achievements have been noted inside and outside of the classroom. Since 2009, she has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of History for United States History, United States and the World, History of Latin American Civilization and Modern European History and has received the Graduate Instructional Fellowship from 2009-2013. In 2012, she was awarded the Swanson Memorial History Research Fellowship and passed her PhD Comprehensive Exams with Distinction. Vosler has published in the British Scholar (2010) and presented her research at the USF Graduate Research Symposium (2009) and the USF Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference (2007). She is a member of the American Historical Association, the Association for Caribbean Histories, the North American Conference on British Studies and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

Upon her return to the United States, Vosler plans to use her extended research in Barbados to complete her dissertation under the supervision of Professor Fraser Ottanelli. Her future career goal is to teach British history and Caribbean history at the University level. This Fulbright research opportunity will allow her to foster relationships with Barbadian scholars and students to help achieve this goal.

The Office of National Scholarships identifies, recruits and mentors high achieving students to apply for national merit scholarships across all disciplines. The scholarships and fellowships are for creative, motivated and academically strong students who are leaders in and out of the classroom.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. The Institute of International Education administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.


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