Our Programs

Fulbright & Academic Collaborations

Roth Foundation Fulbright & Academic Collaborations include exchange-based project support scholarships and co-sponsorship of events and fellowships.

The first program the Roth Foundation established in the late-1980s consisted in small supplementary grants for projects being conducted in countries of special significance to Lois Roth. Organized in collaboration with the American Scandinavian Foundation (Denmark) and five Fulbright Commissions (in Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden), these long formed the backbone of our exchange-based programming. In most cases, grantees are invited to submit a proposal for supplemental funding once they are settled overseas, enabling them to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and collaborations that arise while they are overseas. In celebration of our 35th anniversary in 2022, the Foundation is extending this exchange-based program to three new partners: Fulbright Uruguay, Fulbright Ecuador and the Moroccan-American Commission for Education and Cultural Exchange (MACECE).

Non-exchange programs include the Annual Fulbright Distinguished Lecture, in collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, Oxford University, Kings College London and the University of Edinburgh. Established in 2011, these lectures focus on international affairs and relations and have featured luminaries in different fields, including David Miliband, Janet Napolitano, Lord Nicholas Stern, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Joseph Stiglitz, among others. A second non-exchange program, currently on hiatus, is the CASVA-Henry & Judith Millon Award, which helps support a research fellow at the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Research in the Visual Arts (CASVA).

Our Awards

Fulbright Distinguished Lecture

Now in its 11th year, the Fulbright Legacy Lecture features an annual series of three lectures by prominent figures in international relations. Co‐sponsored by the US‐UK Fulbright Commission, Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations, Pembroke College, Kings College London, and the University of Edinburgh and supported by the Lois Roth Foundation, this lecture honors the life and work of Senator J. William Fulbright, who spent four years at Pembroke College in Oxford from 1924 to 1928. In keeping with the constraints imposed by the COVID pandemic, the 2021 Legacy Lecture took place on November 19 in a hybrid format – before an in-person audience at Pembroke College and simultaneously livestreamed on YouTube.

Dr. Devi Sridhar spoke on the topic, “Preventing the Next Pandemic: What have we learned about international health collaboration and what needs to change?” In this lecture, Dr. Sridhar examined the historical roots of international collaboration in health and the subsequent creation of the World Health Organization in the aftermath of World War II. Yet, during the COVID crisis, Dr. Sridar described how world health cooperation broke down illustrated by divergent and nationally-driven strategies on COVID-response, vaccine nationalism and hoarding by rich countries, and tense political frictions over the origins of COVID-19. Dr. Sridhar offered insightful thoughts on how the world can learn from the past and better manage the next pandemic.

Dr. Devi Sridhar is an American public health expert who is a Professor at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and Chair in Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. She is the founding Director of the Global Health Governance Programme and holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. She also serves as key pandemic advisor to the Scottish government on controlling the evolving COVID situation. At the age of 18, she earned a B.S. from the University of Miami in the Honors Medical Program. Later, she studied at Oxford University as the youngest Rhodes Scholar and completed her DPhil and MPhil there. Her work is concentrated in three areas: international health organizations, financing of global public health, and developing better tools for priority-setting. A video of the lecture is available on the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s website.

Project Grants

Programs that enable scholars and artists to live and work in other countries for a time are at the heart of international exchange and what we can understand as cultural diplomacy in a broader sense. Lois Roth worked with such programs throughout her career, both at the American Scandinavian Foundation and with the U.S. State Department. The Roth Foundation seeks to reinforce the service rendered by Fulbright and other such programs by offering supplementary support for projects in the social sciences and humanities, including the visual and performing arts.

Project Support is awarded only in tandem with primary funding agencies and assists students, scholars and artists in taking advantage of opportunities that deepen their international experiences. Awarded projects involve AustraliaDenmark, Ecuador, Finland, Morocco, New Zealand/AotearoaNorway, Sweden, and Uruguay.

Australia

The Roth Foundation provides supplementary support to one American Fulbrighter working in Australia each year, in collaboration with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. The 2022 award went to Elizabeth Schmidt

Elizabeth Schmidt wins Australia Project Support Award

Elizabeth is pursuing a Master of Research at the Western Sydney University. She plans to use the award to conduct a policy and media analysis of Australian policy on the rights and safety of LGBTQ refugees in detention. Her research aims to address the experiences and needs of these refugees during displacement. Upon her return to the U.S., Elizabeth intends to work with non-profit organizations that advocate for the rights of vulnerable displaced population.  She also plans to pursue a law degree focusing on human rights and migration to promote comprehensive US refugee resettlement policy, reforms to US asylum procedures, and humane conditions for asylum seekers who are detained in the US.

Denmark

The Roth Foundation offers supplementary funds to a grantee of the American Scandinavian Foundation traveling to Denmark. This prize was instituted in honor of Lois Roth’s friend, Sonja Bungard-Nielsen, long-time director of the Danish American Foundation.

Fugl (Bird) by Peter Kujooq Kristiansen, 2000, Qaqortoq, Greenland

Dr. David Norman received our 2022 Denmark Project Award to conduct research on post-colonial Inuit arts and their critical relevance to global art movements. Dr. Norman’s work historicizes the continuity between Greenlandic artists who used art as a way of political activism before 1979 and the contemporary artists who challenged stereotypical views of Greenlandic arts in the 1980s and 1990s. On his return to the United States, David will work on his current book-in-progress, Home Rule Contemporary: Experimental Art and Self-Determination in Kalaallit Nunaat, which seeks to position Greenlandic art in the center of contemporary art history. 

Ecuador

The Roth Foundation is very pleased to welcome Comisión Fulbright del Ecuador as a new Project Support partner for the 2022-23 academic year! With diplomatic relations established in 1825, Ecuador is one of the longest standing partners of the U.S. in the hemisphere. Fulbright Ecuador is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Since it was established in 1956, more than 2,000 Ecuadorian and 900 US citizens have participated in the binational program. With this new partnership, The Roth Foundation seeks to reinforce the service rendered by Comisión Fulbright del Ecuador by offering supplementary support for projects in the social sciences and humanities, including the visual and performing arts.

Finland

A generous gift from Ann O. Thomson provides supplementary project support for up to two American Fulbrighters in Finland every year, in cooperation with the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The 2022 award went to Kathlyn Elliott

Kathlyn Elliott is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at Drexel University. She plans to use the Roth-Thomson Award to support her research on the pedagogical tools used in the Finnish education system to prevent violent extremism and dismantle already existing violent extremism. Upon her return to the U.S., Kathlyn plans to finish her education, in hopes of working for the United States government or non-profit organizations on preventing violent extremism.

Morocco

The Roth Foundation is very pleased to welcome the Moroccan-American Commission for Education and Cultural Exchange (MACECE Fulbright Morocco ) as a new Project Support partner for the 2022-23 academic year! Morocco was one of the first countries to recognize the newly independent United States (in 1786) and the two countries signed a Cultural Relations Agreement in 1967. MACECE strengthens this important mission by administering academic and cultural exchanges, primarily within the context of the worldwide Fulbright Educational Exchange Program. With this new partnership, The Roth Foundation seeks to reinforce the service rendered by MACECE Fulbright Morocco by offering supplementary support for projects in the social sciences and humanities, including the visual and performing arts.

New Zealand/Aotearoa

The Robin and Avril Winks Award honors the memory of Robin Winks, a founding board member of the Roth Foundation and Yale University history professor, and his New Zealander wife, Avril. The award goes to a Fulbright scholar from New Zealand/Aotearoa who is coming to the U.S. to pursue graduate study. The 2022 award went to Bronte Heron

Bronte intends to use this award to supplement her Fulbright Graduate Award for the pursuit of Master’s of Art degree in Creative Writing, specializing in Poetry, at the New School in New York City. She will expand her technical and imaginative skills as a writer and connect with other creatives in the United States. Upon completion, she wishes to publish her first poetry collection. Further on in her career, she plans to teach poetry. 

Norway

In collaboration with Fulbright Norway, the Roth Foundation grants an award to an American Fulbrighter in Norway every year.

Kathleen Maris Paltriner wins 2022 Norway Project Support Award

The 2022 award went to Kathleen Maris Paltriner. Kathleen is translating an anthology of ecopoetry to be published in the US where there is a lack of Norwegian poetry in translation. She will translate a total of nine poets writing in Bokmål, Nynorsk, and Sámi languages, carrying out her own translations from Bokmål and Nynorsk—the two
written standards of Norwegian—and collaboratively translating with experts in the indigenous Sámi language group.  On her return to the United States, Kathleen will publish the anthology to provide US audiences access to critical voices in the field of ecopoetry.

Sweden

A generous gift from Ann O. Thomson, whom Lois referred to as her Swedish adoptive mother, provides supplementary project support for American Fulbrighters in Sweden every year. The 2021 Roth-Thomson Awards was presented to Radhika Purandare.

Radhika will use the Roth-Thomson Award for conducting research on maternal health among immigrant populations in Sweden. Her goal is to apply the research that she
does in Sweden and intervention strategies that have been effective there to help women in the United States. Upon her return to the United States, she plans to enroll in a Master of Public Health and Juris Doctor joint degree
program. After graduate school, she hopes to research and advocate for federal policies that will help immigrant
women access quality, culturally competent perinatal care.

Uruguay

The Roth Foundation is very pleased to welcome Comisión Fulbright Uruguay as a new Project Support partner for the 2022-23 academic year! After establishing independence from Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay entered into diplomatic relations with the U.S. in 1867. Since the bilateral Uruguay Fulbright Commission was established in 1960, more than 1075 Uruguayan and 530 US citizens have participated in the program. With this new partnership, The Roth Foundation seeks to reinforce the service rendered by Comisión Fulbright Uruguay by offering supplementary support for projects in the social sciences and humanities, including the visual and performing arts.

The Henry And Judith Millon Award

The Henry and Judith Millon Award helps support the residency of a foreign architectural historian at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), part of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The award is named after Henry Millon—Roth Foundation founding Roth Foundation Board member and CASVA founder‐director—and his wife, Judy.

We are grieved at the passing of Henry A. Millon in 2018. The program was on hiatus last year, but we look forward to starting up again, with renewed purpose, in 2019.