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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants

Three doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Noah Dunham, Department of Anthropology, Heather Fair, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology and Peter Tunkis, Department of Political Science, are all recipients of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grant.

These Fulbright-Hays DDRA awards represent more than $106,976 in research funding for 2014-2015. 

Dunham will conduct research for his dissertation from January - December 2015 in the Kwale district of Kenya, examining Feeding Ecology and Conservation of Black and White Colobus Monkeys in South Coastal Kenya. His study will address the declining primate populations and to what extent primate food selection is influenced by seasonal availability, macronutrient concentrations and mechanical properties of food. He will be working with Kenyan NGO, Colobus Conservation, to examine the behavioral ecology and conservation of black and white colobus monkeys. Results from this study will be used to inform forest management and develop primate conservation strategies in the region.

Fair will travel to Tibet and Hong Kong, China from January - August 2015 to study Glacier Stream Conceptual Model and Physiological Mechanisms of Aquatic Insects with The Chinese Academy of Sciences Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute. She will examine aquatic invertebrate biodiversity in glacier watersheds where conditions are harsh and cold to analyze cold-tolerance molecular mechanisms and better understand the reasons for more glacier biodiversity in this region than in other glacier regions around the world. Through this research, she will create a bio-assessment method aiming to protect the water quality as the quantity of water dissipates over time due to climate change.

Tunkis' research, Safety in Numbers - Group Linkages and the Persistence of Party-Switching, will examine the widespread and persistent phenomenon of elected parliamentarians changing political party affiliation in Poland and the Czech Republic. He will be affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences while in Poland from January - July 2015, and will travel to the Czech Republic from August - December 2015 to work with the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His dissertation will use biographical and career data of elected parliamentarians, qualitative content analysis of media reports and interviews with Polish and Czech parliamentarians to test his argument that this phenomenon is group-based rather than an individual decision. 

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.

The Office of International Affairs administers the Fulbright-Hays program for Ohio State. Grant competitions are held annually. Doctoral candidates interested in applying for the award should contact Fulbright-Hays program director Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.