Dr Kathryn Gilbey has won a 2016 Fulbright Scholarship to the US, where she will develop collaborations with Chicana women and other First Nation’s women.

The scholarship is awarded by Australian-American Fulbright Commission to promote education and cultural exchange between Australia and the US in order to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen relations between the two countries.

Dr Gilbey thanked Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education for the wonderful opportunities and learning experiences that led to her receiving this prestigious award.

She was the first PhD graduate from the institute where she also worked for 15 years, focusing on engagement with Aboriginal communities.

Dr Gilbey said the institute was pivotal in allowing and encouraging her to reach her academic ambitions.

“Batchelor has been instrumental in shaping who I am as an academic, my desire to tell the untold stories is in part shaped by my time at the Institute.

“To honour the strong women who hold up our communities yet their stories are never told, I feel like this is a chance for me to celebrate some of those people and some of those stories”, Dr Gilbey said.

The institute’s Academic and Cultural Advisor, Dr Sue Stanton, congratulated Dr Gilbey on receiving this prestigious scholarship.

“As a previous recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship I know that it will provide Dr Gilbey with some invaluable experiences and learning opportunities, and it is fantastic to witness her achieving her academic aspirations and sharing her knowledge with the wider world”, Dr Stanton said.

Dr Gilbey is currently working for the University of Southern Queensland and will soon head to California State University – North Ridge and the University of California – Santa Cruz, where her work will begin.