GW Student Wins Prestigious Place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to the UK

Yeshwant Chillakuru
May 12, 2015

Yeshwant Chillakuru, a Seven-Year Dual BA/MD student, has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the University of Exeter

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 US or UK 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. The Fulbright Summer Institute is one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating world-wide. 
 Award recipients and summer program participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

As a participant, Yeshwant Chillakuru has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the UK on a 4-week summer program at the University of Exeter. During the first week, participants will explore themes of climate change through experiential and classroom learning. During the following three weeks, Fulbright Summer Institutes students will integrate with the others on the University of Exeter’s International Summer School by joining one of the 12 accredited pathways. Yeshwant has chosen the “Preventive Medicine: Exercise and the Environment” pathway.

Commenting on receiving the place, Yeshwant said: "I hope to take advantage of this opportunity to understand that our treatment of the environment and the earth reflects how we treat ourselves and our health. Understanding the relationship between the environment and our health will begin to allow us to develop insights on how modern healthcare can be approached holistically and with innovative ideas."

"A period of study abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons and make you stand out from the crowd. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of British higher education, and as part of a high achieving cohort, this small group of students will gain immensely from the experience," said Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Yeshwant also won a GW Undergraduate Research Award to research the genetic causes of hearing loss as a birth defect with GW professor Dr. Sally Moody. At GW, he is a Seven-Year Dual BA/MD student, pursuing a BS in Economics through the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. 

To learn more about the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes, please make an appointment with a CUFR advisor.