Shabina Begum receives a Fulbright Award

Shabina Begum has received a Fulbright Award to study at Cornell University, one of the most highly regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

Shabina will be undertaking an LLM at Cornell Law School.  She will be conducting research on Child, Early and Forced Marriage. The issue of Child and Forced Marriage is one of contemporary interest in the USA and various States are considering passing the Child Marriage Bill. Shabina will also be exploring at the interplay between the civil law provisions in the USA, the UK and Shariah law. 

The Fulbright Commission provides the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering Awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university.

The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process, looking for academic excellence alongside a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the UK upon returning.

Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and/or a contribution towards tuition fees. Fulbright scholars receive administrative support and a cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in the USA, a re-entry session and access to a global alumni network.

Shabina and the other 44 British grantees of the 2017-18 Fulbright cohort celebrated their success at a reception hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Thursday 6 July. Stephen Harker attended as Shabina's guest.

Shabina Begum Fulbright Award Press Release