MIT, News | June 17, 2016

MIT Students Awarded 2016 Fulbright Grants

Six MIT graduate students, one undergraduate, and a recent alumnus have accepted Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards to conduct independent research projects during the coming year.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and operates in over 160 countries worldwide. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

One of the grantees, Sheila Xu, graduated from MIT in 2014 with a BS in Science, Technology and Society (STS), and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Xu has received a U.S. Fulbright Student grant for Deafness Studies in Italy; there, she’ll conduct research on the successes and challenges experienced by deaf Italian entrepreneurs.

Another recipient, Matthew Willner, is the first MIT student to win a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship. Willner recently earned a Master of City Planning with a concentration in environmental policy planning from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and, during his time as a fellow, will be working on climate policy with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Samoa.

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