Marburg, Germany (September 2016) 

Marburg, Germany (September 2016) 

Noaquia's Pre-Fulbright Departure Q & A

How do you see this Fulbright advancing your work?

The Fulbright will allow me to carry out the second half of a truly transnational project that incorporates research in both U.S. and German materials. Currently, as the Doctoral Fellow in African American History at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., I have been able to work in various archives in the D.C. area. The research I will be conducting while on the Fulbright will help me place the sources I’ve collected in D.C. into an international context. Following my Fulbright year, I expect to complete my dissertation in Iowa in spring 2018. 

How do you envision this will change your life?

I have always envisioned myself as a kind of cultural translator, as I have shifted between many domestic and international communities throughout my life and academic career. Fulbright’s dedication to facilitating cultural exchange and promoting mutual understanding is an inspiration. My Fulbright will allow me to serve as a conduit for other underrepresented students in the U.S. and Germany to explore life beyond their respective national borders.

Would you have any advice for future students interested in pursuing a Fulbright award?

Winning a Fulbright award is achievable! The application process is intense and rigorous, but all this means is that you have to stay focused and dedicated to your end goal – spending an invaluable year abroad. And be your fabulous authentic self. The Fulbright is not just about your academic achievements. At every round of the selection process, committee members need to be able to visualize you as an effective U.S. cultural ambassador.