Honorary fellow receives prestigious Fulbright award to the USA

Dr Bruce Durie, Honorary Fellow in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies, has been granted the prestigious Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar Award. The award will enable Dr Durie to spend seven months research and teaching at an American university, on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.

'A longstanding ambition'

Dr Durie will be researching Lowland Scots migration to the Carolinas, and teaching classes on Scottish Genealogy, Culture & History at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina, from January to July 2016.

Commenting on receiving the award, Dr Durie said:

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfil a longstanding ambition. So much of Scottish-American migration is told in terms of the Highland and the Ulster Scots. But Lowlanders probably predominated in the early days of the settlement of that part of America, and subsequently.

"It will also enable me to provide classes in how to research Scottish Family History correctly, and in the context of Scottish history and culture.

I will continue and deepen my relationships with the Scots-American community in the USA.

Dr Durie is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to COSCA (The Council of Scottish Clans and Associations) and an International Trustee, as well as being the International Board Member of the Association of professional Genealogists (APG). He is regularly invited to present workshops and seminars at Scottish games and gatherings and to St Andrews Societies throughout North America.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university.

The Fulbright Commission is part of the Fulbright programme 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 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.