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September 16, 2017 at 10:56 am

Briscoe Receives a Fulbright Award to the UK

Dr. Robert Briscoe

Dr. Robert Briscoe

Dr. Robert Briscoe, Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University, was awarded a Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship from the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Briscoe’s award will enable him to conduct research at the University of Glasgow through one of the most well-regarded scholarship programs in the world. His project as Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience at the University of Glasgow is titled “Pictorial Experience in the Light of Vision Science.”

“Fulbright is an internationally recognized program that has the ability to change lives and impact the world,” said Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis. “Dr. Briscoe’s dedication to his craft and commitment to academic excellence at OHIO make him the perfect selection for this prestigious award.”

As a participant, Briscoe has been selected from a strong applicant pool to engage in an interdisciplinary project on depiction and the nature of pictorial experience at the University of Glasgow’s Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience.

“It’s an honor to have received this grant from the US-UK Fulbright Commission,” Briscoe said, “and I very much look forward to working with the many outstanding philosophers based at the University of Glasgow. I and my family are thrilled to be spending my sabbatical year in a city as culturally rich as Glasgow, and we plan to travel extensively in other parts of Scotland and the UK.”

“The Fulbright Award provides evidence for the importance of Professor Briscoe’s scholarly work and allows for the expansion of its impact internationally,” said Dr. Robert Frank, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  In addition to the broader benefits within the field of philosophy, the award will benefit Dr. Briscoe, the University of Glasgow and Ohio University faculty and students for years to come.”

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said, “The impact of the Fulbright program can change the world. Our Fulbrighters will return to the U.S. having been exposed to different cultures, value systems and schools of thought. They will have the capacity to be more empathetic global citizens and be better prepared for collaboration across borders, between the U.S. and the UK, and beyond.”

Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added, “No greater example of the continued importance of international education can be found than in the determination and drive of our 2017-18 grantees. These students, academics and professionals have identified the relevance of intercultural cooperation to their careers. As Fulbright alumni and future leaders, they will be able to foster personal and professional connections between nations.”

About Robert Briscoe

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Robert Briscoe is Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University. Briscoe earned a B.A. from Columbia University and pursued his graduate training at Harvard and Boston University. His research focuses on topics in the philosophy and cognitive science of perception. Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Briscoe was a research associate at the MIT Initiative for Technology and Self and taught in the Philosophy Department at Loyola University in New Orleans.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission provides the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. 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 program and a plan to give back to the USA upon returning.

Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and/or a contribution toward tuition fees. Fulbright scholars receive administrative support and a cultural education program including: visa processing, a comprehensive UK orientation, cultural enrichment opportunities in the UK, and access to a global alumni network.

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