Four University of Texas at Austin Students Earn Fulbright Hays Award

Four students at The University of Texas at Austin have been selected to participate in the Yoruba Intensive Group Projects Abroad Program (GPA) in Nigeria for summer 2009.

Recipients of the award include Benjamin Durham (African and African-American Studies, History), Stefanie Weber (Social Anthropology, African and African-American Studies), Marcus Waters (Urban Studies and Sociology) and Isla Mazuca (Journalism). Tressa Westerman (Government) was the first student from the university to receive the Yoruba Fulbright Hays award in 2007.

The students were selected for the Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Project, designed to take advantage of the opportunities present in a foreign country by providing intensive advanced foreign language training. The language studied will be indigenous to the host country and involve local institutions and personnel. The award will include round trip airfare from New York to Lagos, program-related transportation in Nigeria, a maintenance allowance for housing and food, as well as the cost of instruction and educational materials.

The Fulbright Hays GPA provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.