The Fulbright Program has more than 374,000 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

Burdett Loomis Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionUniversity of Kansas
Host InstitutionFlinders University
Award NameFulbright-Flinders University Distinguished Chair in American Political Science (sponsored by Flinders University)
DisciplinePolitical Science
Award Year2012

“Whether in Washington, D.C., Brussels, or Canberra, lobbying has become a growth industry over the past 20-30 years. The lobbying communities of national capitals (and of many state/provincial ones, too) have grown larger and more varied, not only in the number of clients served but also in the variety of services offered.”

Professor Burdett Loomis, Professor with the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas, has been awarded one of two Fulbright Flinders University Distinguished Chairs in American Political Science. Burdett will come to Flinders University in Adelaide for five months to work on a project researching lobbying and its impact in Australia, which will provide a basis for comparative work.

“My research project for the Fulbright Chair tenure will first seek to understand the overall scope and nature of the Australian lobbying industry; this will include how the national government and the individual states/territories seek to regulate lobbying. The second, related research strand will address how lobbying affects agendas and policy outcomes,” Burdett said.

“President Obama has attacked the Washington lobbyists, seeking to place limitations on their interactions with government and their recruitment to it. Still, even in the United States, where this growth first emerged and has developed in the most sophisticated ways, we do not completely understand the scope of lobbying, to say nothing of its manifestations and impacts.”

“I will use a multi-dimensional approach (available data, interviews, surveys) to construct a detailed picture of the Australian sector of organized interests and their attendant lobbying. The differences between the American separation-of-powers government and the Australian parliamentary system will likely yield notable differences in how groups and lobbyists are arrayed to affect public policies.”

Burdett has an MA and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a Hall Center for the Humanities Fellow; a Fulbright Senior Specialist; and has won a Kemper Foundation Teaching Award and been an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He has held many high-level administrative roles including being Director of Administrative Communication, Office of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius; and he has also taught politics and published extensively, with more than 30 books in various editions. He is a founding co-editor of the new journal, Interest Groups & Advocacy. His interests include research on legislatures and interest group, and he teaches a cours on politics and literature. In addition, Burdett has lectured widely for the U.S. State Deparment in Asia and South America, most recently in Indonesia in 2012.

Dr Patrick Kilby Senior Scholars

Dr Patrick Kilby
Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionKansas State University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship, Sponsored by Kansas State University
Award Year2017

Patrick is the Coordinator of the Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program at the Australian National University, and carries out research in gender and development, foreign aid policy, and NGOs.

Patrick’s Fulbright project will see him working with Feed the Future Innovation Labs at Kansas State University to analyse their agricultural research in aid and development programs, and in particular how local communities (particularly women) can adapt this research to their local needs. From this research Patrick will gain an insight into the future directions foreign aid-supported agricultural research may take. The focus will be on the implications for U.S. and Australia’s agricultural development assistance in a rapidly changing world, and most importantly, how this research can have the greatest impact on local communities.

Anna Samson Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionGeorgetown University and George Washington University
Award NamePostgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineInternational Relations
Award Year2014

“My research will contribute to the broader policy debate regarding the effectiveness of using armed force to defend human rights internationally.”

Anna Samson is a PhD student at the Australian National University (ANU), with two First Class Honours degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from the ANU.

She co-founded the Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Network in 2008 and has provided human rights training to participants in armed conflicts, reported on the ongoing persecution of vulnerable groups in Sri Lanka and documented the detention of refugee children in Malaysia. She will study in the U.S. in 2015, focusing on the use of military force to achieve human rights objectives; also known as armed humanitarian interventions’. In particular, she will review the United States’ humanitarian interventions in Iraq, Kosovo and Libya.

“The endemic and acute levels of persecution in many of the places in which I worked or visited, predominantly inflicted by governments against their own citizens, has at many times saddened and angered me. I anticipate that my research will contribute to the broader policy debate regarding the effectiveness of using armed force to defend human rights internationally.”

Eleanor Wood Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian Energy Market Operator in Victoria
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Anne-Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy, Sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training
DisciplineSustainable Energy Public Policy
Award Year2012

“The challenges of climate change and energy security will lead to fundamental changes in the way developed countries produce and use energy. In the coming decades, transitioning to a sustainable energy system will be essential for Australia’s ongoing prosperity and security.”

Ms Eleanor Wood, a planning engineer with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) in Victoria, is the 2012 Australian winner of the Anne Wexler Australian-American Studies Scholarships in Public Policy. Through her Anne Wexler Scholarship, Eleanor will go to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the United States (TBC) for two years to undertake a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in business and government.

By combining her technical knowledge as an engineer with increased leadership and policy skills developed in the U.S., Eleanor aims to play a key role working with industry in the development of a sustainable energy system for Australia’s future after she returns home.

“The scale of the technical and policy challenges facing the energy industry is huge. As a planning engineer at AEMO, I have seen organisations and companies across the sector grappling with uncertainty over how best to direct the significant investment needed for the future,” Eleanor said.

“I believe that the transformation to a sustainable energy system can be achieved with a minimal impact on the Australian economy, if there is a fundamental shift away from the current industry paradigm of ever-increasing demand being met by more generators and growing networks.”

“When I return to the industry I will bring international perspectives and expertise on energy policy, as well as linkages to professionals in energy-related organisations around the world. These experiences will help me to increase my contribution to policy development and leadership in Australia’s
energy industry transformation.”

Eleanor has a Bachelor of Engineering in Renewable Energy and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the University of NSW.  She has won various awards and prizes including University Medal in Renewable Energy Engineering, the Renewable Energy Thesis Prize and a UNSW Exchange Scholarship. She has worked and collaborated with numerous advocacy and research organisations, including GetUp, where she contributed to campaigns for renewable energy and climate change action. Her other interests include foreign languages, especially French and Spanish. In the past she has spent time in Spain, France and Mexico, studying language courses and travelling.

In 2009 the Australian Government announced the establishment of a prestigious annual scholarship program to recognise the many contributions by Mrs Anne Wexler for her role in fostering Australian-American relations. She was made an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) by the Australian Government for her work on the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement and the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue.

The Anne Wexler Scholarships are part of the Australian Government’s Australia Awards Program and are funded through the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. The Scholarships are awarded for up to two years and are valued at up to A$140,000 each. Two Wexler Scholarships are awarded annually, one for an Australian citizen to go to the U.S. and one for an American (US) citizen to come to Australia.

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