Autumn Pratt, a University of Idaho mechanical engineering student, has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Durham University in Durham, North East England, on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited United States or United Kingdom university. The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K.
Pratt has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the U.K. on a four-week summer program. The theme of the program is “The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages.” Participants in this summer school will get the opportunity to participate in a major archaeological project focused on the northern edges of the Roman Empire in Britain, and explore the culture, heritage and history of the U.K. on a variety of cultural and social outings.
“I was surprised and happy when I heard that I had been offered a place,” Pratt said. “I’ve never traveled outside the U.S., and I’m excited about the chance to see England and to delve into my interest in medieval history.”
The commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the commission looks not only for academic excellence but also a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
Fulbright Summer Programs cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education program including: pre-departure preparation, enrichment opportunities in country and opportunity to join our alumni networks.
Pratt was homeschooled through the elementary grades, after which she attended Logos High School in Moscow. Pratt is now a first-year mechanical engineering major at UI , and she hopes to work in the field of prosthetics. In her free time, Pratt likes to run, play guitar and write. She has always enjoyed reading, and she looks forward to her time at the Durham Summer Institute as an opportunity to experience a country she has only viewed through books.