McGill University Benefits from Prestigious International Scholarship Competition


Ottawa, ON – The world-renowned Fulbright program is an educational movement based on the principle of scholarly exchange between the United States and various countries from around the world.  This year, a McGill University student has been awarded a Fulbright to do research in the U.S., while McGill will play host to four distinguished American scholars in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Ms. Erica Lagalisse, a PhD student of Anthropology at McGill University, has been granted a Fulbright Award to conduct research at the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Lagalisse will be in Austin for nine months, starting in September, conducting research for a project entitled: “Transnational Networks of Anarchoindigenist Solidarity Activism.”

“It is with a great deal of pleasure that I welcome Ms. Lagalisse to the distinguished group of Canada-U.S. Fulbright scholars,” says Dr. Michael Hawes, Executive Director of Fulbright Canada. “Her success brings tremendous credit to McGill University and to the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program.”

In addition to this, McGill University will be welcoming four American Fulbright award recipients: Dr. Elizabeth Grandia from Clark University will be conducting research with the Institute for the Study of International Development; Mr. Michael O’Shea from Pomona College will be working with McGill’s Institute for the Study of Canada; Dr. Hilal Elver from the University of California, Santa Barbara will be joining McGill’s Faculty of Law as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Comparative Law and Legal Pluralism; and Ms. Jacqueline Pearl Kaplan from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be conducting research on the St. Lawrence River with the Department of Chemical Engineering.

By engaging our brightest minds in academic exchanges, the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program seeks to enhance mutual understanding between Canada and the United States. Through its bilateral academic exchanges, outstanding students, scholars and professionals strengthen Canada-U.S. relations by examining a wide range of subjects which are critical to the relationship between the two countries.

Operating in over 150 countries worldwide, the Fulbright program has long been regarded as the world’s premiere academic exchange. With the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the United States Department of State, the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is the gold standard for academic exchanges and intellectual opportunity. For more information please visit

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