Lynn Botelho, a faculty member from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s History Department, received a Fulbright–King’s College London Scholar Award to enable her to research at King’s College London on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating worldwide.
Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards for study or research in any field at any accredited U.S. or U.K. 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. Award recipients will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K.
Lynn Botelho received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Named University Professor at IUP, she specializes in old age and ageing in early modern England. Author or editor of six books, including History of Old Age, 1600–1800 and Old Age and the English Poor Law, she has been the Keck Foundation and Mayer Fellow at the Huntington Library and currently holds the Pain Fellowship at Birkbeck University of London. Lynn has served as treasurer of the North American Conference on British Studies and is on the board of the American Friends of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. A longtime competitive fencer, Lynn is currently the U.S. national champion for her age group. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will work on her book The Ageing Body: The Paradox of Growing Old.
Commenting on receiving the award, Botelho said: “Upon learning that I received the award, I was so thrilled that I had to double-check to make sure it was me! As a Fulbright Scholar, I will be working on a book that explores the nature of old age and the ageing body in early modern England. I hope to challenge modern misconceptions about what it was like to be old and to show that older people simply did not withdraw from society and the world around them. In fact, they fought hard for good health and an active lifestyle, as well as economic independence. I am also very excited about the opportunity to fence competitively in England—and to meet new fencers—as I try to qualify for the Veteran World Championships.”
The Fulbright Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards, the commission looks not only for academic excellence, but 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 recipient’s home country upon returning.
Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 U.K. nationals have studied in the U.S. and 12,000 U.S. nationals in the U.K. on Fulbright educational exchange programs.
Notable alumni of the US-UK Commission include: Malcolm Bradbury, novelist; Liam Byrne, politician; Milton Friedman, economist and Nobel Prize Winner 1976; Charles Kennedy, politician; John Lithgow, actor; Tarik O’Regan, composer; Sylvia Plath, poet; Lord William Wallace, politician; Ian Rankin, novelist; Sir Christopher Rose QC, judge; Baroness (Shirley) Williams, politician; Vanessa Heaney, journalist BBC World Service; and Toby Young, journalist and playwright.
The US-UK Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills in the U.K. and the U.S. Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners, including many leading U.K. universities and an annual contribution from the Scottish Government.