Alumni

The Fulbright Program has more than 370,000 alumni from over 160 countries worldwide. Fulbright alumni include 33 current or former heads of state or government, 54 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 29 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Five thousand of those alumni belong to the Australian-American program and received their Fulbright awards from the 1950s on. You are a part of this roll call of excellence.

We aspire to deepen and expand our connection with you. We want you to be committed and contributing partners in the fostering of mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange between Australia and the U.S. that the Fulbright Program promotes.

Some of our alumni

Kristian Wale Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionShaftesbury Centre
Host InstitutionSchool of Social Transformation, Arizona State University
Award NameFulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business / Industry)
DisciplineJuvenile Crime Prevention/Rehabilitation
Award Year2016

Kristian has been working with vulnerable young people for over 25 years. Having first started working on the streets of Brisbane with homeless young people in the early 1990s, he soon realised that education was a key factor in the prevention of youth disengagement. As a registered teacher and a former outdoor education worker, he has pioneered a number of alternative education programs and Special Assistance Schools across Queensland. Kristian has worked extensively in the not for profit sector with organisations such as Teen Challenge and Youth for Christ. He was seconded to Singapore in the mid 1990s to establish programs that targeted disenfranchised young people. In 1998, Kristian joined the Shaftesbury Centre as an educator and in 2007 was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer. In his role as CEO, Kristian has developed an innovative independent school named Arethusa College that caters for disenfranchised students from mainstream schools. Utilising unorthodox educational and learning methods such as bull-riding, animal assisted learning, building and riding skateboards made from imported Canadian maple, Arethusa College now has five campuses located in Queensland and is currently founding its sixth campus in Tasmania.

Kristian is an active member of his local community and has participated in everything from constructing orphanages in Mongolia to feeding the homeless across the state. A Rotarian for over 15 years, he is committed to contributing to positive change in the local community in a wide range of areas. Kristian was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2009 and a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2013 in recognition for his work in the community.

Kristian is a strong advocate for working with Indigenous young people caught up in the juvenile justice system in Queensland. He has initiated a number of educational, agricultural and social enterprise programs that assist young people to acquire adequate skills in literacy and numeracy and transition into the workforce. As a Scholarly Visitor to the Centre for Indian Education housed within Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation, Kristian will conduct research on strategies used in Native American Reservations that target adolescent disengagement. An outcome of the proposed research is that Indigenous communities in Australia will benefit from some of these strategies being used in the United States and that this may assist in addressing the oversubscription of young Indigenous people being incarcerated.

Kristian will be accompanied by his wife and youngest daughter for the 12 week visitation to the United States.

Roxanne Moore Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of Western Australia
Host InstitutionNew York University
Award NameWestern Australia State Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineLaw – International Human Rights
Award Year2013

“I aspire to become a human rights advocate; to use the power of the law to protect the rights of vulnerable people and to demand justice where human rights have been abused.”

Ms Roxanne Moore, lawyer, will have the opportunity to spend a year at New York University through winning one of two Fulbright Western Australia Scholarships sponsored by the Western Australian Government and universities. She will undertake a LLM (International Legal Studies), specialising in public international law and human rights law. Roxanne will learn about comparative human rights systems and gain expertise in specific topics, with a view to contributing to Australian human rights law reform and becoming an advocate.

“This experience will provide me with an excellent foundation to return to Australia to advocate for human rights within the current legal framework – either via pro-bono work as a commercial lawyer or barrister, or by working for a non-government organisation – and to significantly contribute to reforming Australia’s legal structures for human rights protection,” Roxanne said.

Her further study aims to achieve four objectives: to expand and develop her knowledge about international law and international systems; to learn about comparative human rights law systems, particularly in the Asia Pacific region; to increase her knowledge about specific human rights topics; and to gain practical experience in human rights advocacy and research.

“Studying a LLM in the U.S. will provide many opportunities not otherwise available in Australia; to learn from the most respected academics and leaders in their field at the highest ranked universities in the world and to gain hands-on experience in human rights advocacy through participation in the university clinics.”

Roxanne has an LLB (Dist.)/BA (Indonesian Language) from the University of Western Australia and was admitted as a lawyer in 2012. Roxanne previously represented UWA in the international rounds of the Philip C Jessup International Law Mooting Competition, and after graduating became the Principal Associate to the Hon Chief Justice Martin AC of the Supreme Court of WA. She has volunteered with many organisations, but most extensively with Amnesty International Australia, for whom she founded the national ARTillery arts festival, culminating in her recognition as a finalist for the 2010 WA Young Person of the Year Award. Her interests include learning languages,live music and the Arts.

Tracey Steinrucken Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionWestern Sydney University and CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship
Host InstitutionUniversity of California Berkeley
Award NameQueensland State Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineBiology (Plant pathology and ecology)
Award Year2015

Tracey is a plant ecologist with a particular interest in invasive plant pathology and molecular biology. Invasive plants have profound economic, environmental and social impacts around the world. Innovative methods to control these weeds are continuously sought to reduce herbicide use and avoid expensive manual removal. Tracey’s research focuses on Parkinsonia aculeata, an invasive thorny tree that was originally introduced from Central America as a garden tree or hedge. Currently covering over 1 million hectares of northern Australia, Parkinsonia impacts heavily on the beef and pastoral industries and native biodiversity.  Over the last decade, farmers and scientists have noticed a phenomenon known as “dieback” or “decline” in some populations. Dieback has reduced the size of these invasive populations, sometimes achieving levels of control that would be impossible or at least very expensive to achieve manually. However the cause of dieback remains unknown and this is where Tracey’s research comes in.

Already making great progress in her PhD, Tracey has narrowed down the cause of Parkinsonia dieback.  By combining field studies with laboratory and molecular methods, she was excited to reveal that there is a significant difference between the microbial communities in dieback-affected Parkinsonia compared to healthy plants in the same area: this is the first step to identifying a potential biological control tool to supplement current management strategies.  Her creative approach to communicating her results saw her representing her university at the Trans-Tasman Three-Minute Thesis competition this year in Perth.

Tracey is a global citizen.  After growing up in South Africa, migrating to Australia, working at a summer-camp in Truckee, CA and studying in Australia and Sweden, she considers travel to be one of her favourite pastimes. Tracey has graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from Deakin University in Melbourne and a Master’s in Science from Lund University in Sweden. She did her Honours in Applied Science at RMIT University with a scholarship from the Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Tracey found invasion ecology and plant pathology fascinating so she decided to do a PhD along the same lines, enrolling at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University. She is now based in Brisbane with the CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship for the duration of her PhD, and has a research grant from Meat and Livestock Australia. In addition to her research, Tracey is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology tutor at the University of Queensland.

Tracey is a keen sportswoman, loves wildlife and the outdoors.  She plays soccer and softball for local teams, is a rugby fan, and regularly goes camping, four-wheel driving and hiking. She is a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer, looking after injured and sick native snakes prior to their release.

During her time in the States, Tracey hopes to visit local Parkinsonia field sites in the southern states and California to determine if dieback occurs in North or South American populations or in closely-related species. Working with the Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab at UC Berkeley will allow her access to world-renowned knowledge and experience, particularly in the field of diagnostics. She will investigate dieback in other invasive plant populations in the US to compare the epidemiology and pathology of similar diseases, which will allow for insights into Parkinsonia decline in Australia.

Whilst in the US, she is keen to get involved in Women in Science programs at UC Berkeley, play soccer for a local team and enhance her communication skills by attending and presenting seminars. She also can’t wait to explore the spectacular National Parks in California.

Alison Witchard Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NamePostgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineAnthropology
Award Year2014

“Through my research, I hope to foster greater understanding and awareness of the challenging experiences faced by women.”

Alison Witchard completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) in Arts in Anthropology at the Australian National University in 2012 (winning the University medal) before beginning a PhD in Anthropology. She will investigate, using anthropological theories and methodologies, the experiences of “previvors” – those who carry the genetic mutation linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA1 or 2. Specifically, she will investigate the nuance and complexity of the decision to forgo a significant part of the body; (such as a breast or uterus).

“My own experiences within the biomedical system have spurned my desire to undertake medical anthropology and focus on the embodied and lived experiences of those who face their own mortality, but are often overlooked and misunderstood during such processes. Through my research, I hope to foster greater understanding and awareness of the challenging experiences faced by women with BRCA1/2 and the difficult decisions with which they are confronted.”

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