Trinity College Dublin: Prestigious Fulbright Awards presented to Trinity recipients

One academic, one student and four graduates from Trinity College Dublin are recipients of this year’s Fulbright Awards. They are among the 40 Fulbright Awardees announced last night by the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Joe Hackett and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Alexandra McKnight, on behalf of U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Clare Cronin.

The Fulbright Program supports remarkable academics, professionals and students from Ireland to go to the USA. They will address pressing societal issues, engage with U.S. society, and share their knowledge when they return home. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland’s vision of inspiring minds to create a global culture of understanding is more important than ever in today’s increasingly polarised world.


Dr Robert Conway-Kenny, Dr Clíodhna McHugh, Ross Malervy. Kate Haley and Andrew Neill, Trinity Fulbright Awardees 2020 along with Sorcha Ní Ghallachóir
The Trinity 2022 Fulbright Awardees are:

Dr Clíodhna McHugh is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Medicine. Clíodhna is interested in cardiovascular diseases and risk factors with a particular dedication to prevention. As a Fulbright-NUI Scholar she will work in the School of Medicine at Harvard University and the Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center. Clíodhna will develop skills in athlete specific electrocardiogram interpretation and long-term cardiovascular care in athletic populations.

Dr Robert Conway-Kenny is the Science and Technology Programme Manager for one of Ireland’s longest established philanthropic organisations, and was a Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry. As a Fulbright Irish Scholar at the University of Southern California, he will develop small molecular probes capable of imaging and modulating the electrical activity of biological cells. A greater understanding of the electrical behaviours within cells is hoped to accelerate the field of tissue engineering, and to realise the ultimate goal of synthetic tissues and organs.

Kate Haley is a screenwriter and film director from Co. Donegal, Ireland. Her film credits include writing and directing the short films ‘Risk’ (2017), ‘A Park Bench’ (2017) and more recently ‘A Death in the Family’ (2020) which was shortlisted for Screen Ireland’s Short Film Programme. Kate completed both a first class honors B.A. in English Literature and a M.Phil. with distinction in Screenwriting in Trinity. Kate will spend her Fulbright year at the American Film Institute Conservatory, advancing her critical and creative skills with the hope of expanding her directorial career.

Ross Malervy is a Trinity graduate of Law and Political Science. He has written articles on a wide range of areas and worked as a Judicial Assistant in the High Court of Ireland. As a Fulbright Awardee, he will undertake an LLM degree at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. With a focus on comparative constitutional law and US Administrative Law, he will conduct research into how executive power molds the Administrative state in the U.S., comparing this to the current academic models in the Irish constitutional context.

Sorcha Ní Ghallachóir is a native Irish speaker from the Gaeltacht in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal. She holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Early and Modern Irish, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Trinity. She is an Irish Teacher and Drama Director/Producer in St. Michael’s College, Dublin, and works part time in Coláiste Ghaoth Dobhair. She is also a recent graduate of The Honorable Society of King’s Inns’ Advanced Diploma in Legal Translation. She is an active member of na Gaelic Óga C.L.G and a founding member and player with the Ladies’ Football team. As a Fulbright Irish FLTA, Sorcha will teach the Irish language and take classes at Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Andrew Neill is a PhD student in the Botany Department, School of Natural Sciences. He holds an MSc in Development Practice from a dual UCD-TCD programme and has spent time working on environmental projects in Ireland, Fiji, and Luxembourg. His PhD research is part of the SFI funded BiOrbic bioeconomy research centre and explores the impacts and dependencies between people and nature. As a Fulbright-EPA Student Awardee to the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University, Andrew will investigate ecosystem service modelling—an approach that shows how the environment provides benefits to people, and how this can support future decision-making.

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