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2012-2013 Grant and Scholarship Recipients

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants

Timothy ThurstonA doctoral candidate from The Ohio State University has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Timothy Thurston, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, is the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grant.

These Fulbright-Hays DDRA awards represent more than $3,230,00 in research funding for 2012-2013. There were only 84 Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grants awarded nationwide this year.

Thurston will conduct research for his dissertation in the Qinghai, Sichuan and Gansu provinces of western China, examining Tibetan Comedy and the Public Intellectual in A mdo. His project explores two popular forms of sketch comedy known as kha shags and gar chung. Thurston believes that understanding comedy allows us to understand the ways in which a culture understands itself, and that these comedies provide a context for understanding the state of modern Tibetan culture, and minority cultures in general. Through textual analysis of performances and interviews with performers and audience members, Thurston hopes to gain a better understanding of the role these comedy performances play in the northeastern Tibetan region of A mdo.

Thurston earned his BA in Chinese from Carleton College and his MA from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Ohio State. His faculty advisor is Mark Bender.

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 FY2013 award should contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.