Anthropology’s Khanduri Named Fulbright Scholar

UT Arlington’s Dr. Ritu Khanduri was recently named a Fulbright Scholar for her continuing research in India.

The assistant professor of anthropology was recently awarded a research grant from the Fulbright Program, a flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Khanduri said the award will support ethnographic research on women in the field of engineering in India.

“I am excited about this project, the mutual interest of colleagues in India and the possibilities it opens up for research collaborations in India,” she said.

As a graduate student, Khanduri received a Fulbright-Hays award to help her complete her dissertation .

“[The award] was crucial in launching my dissertation research and furthering my career in ways I couldn’t fully imagine at the time,” she said. “Now, as an assistant professor, I feel incredibly fortunate to earn a Fulbright-Nehru award for my current project. I am deeply honored and am grateful to my referees and colleagues in the U.S. and in India for their support.”

Khanduri said she will spend part of her time in India this year and the next conducting research.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Core Research Award competition is open to all disciplines and specializations; faculty at any stage of their career can compete for these awards to research and/or teach abroad.

[Story by James Dunning, COLA Communications]

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