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Classics student Lylaah Bhalerao

Classics MPhil student Lylaah Bhalerao (Murray Edwards 2017), has received an All Disciplines Fulbright Award to enable her to study at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Lylaah has been selected from a strong applicant pool to pursue doctoral research into how to decolonise ancient heritage sites in the east Mediterranean. The Fulbright scholarship programme is one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

Speaking about the Award, Lylaah said: "It’s an honour to become a Fulbright scholar and I can’t wait to join ISAW, NYU. The Fulbright Commission aims to foster cultural exchange, which has always been important to me in my own life and studies. I am grateful to the Commission for trusting me to continue their mission and for seeing my potential. I hope to build on my MPhil work here at Cambridge on decolonising ancient art and heritage and taking cross-cultural approaches. I also look forward to branching out from Classics to Ancient World Studies more broadly. Moving to New York has always been a pipe dream for me: something I fantasised about, but never actually expected to happen! I can’t wait to be around the corner from the amazing collections in the Met!"

Maria Balinska, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “Our vision is a world where there are no obstacles to learning, understanding and collaboration. Today there are many global challenges to overcome, and the world needs compassionate leaders to tackle them. This cohort of postgraduate awardees will be placing cultural engagement at the heart of their experiences as they undertake ambitious study and research programmes in the US: I am filled with hope for the wonderful collaborations that will ensue.”

2021-2022 British Postgraduate Fulbright Awardees

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