Kilkenny man wins award to study at Harvard

A KILKENNY native has won a prestigious award giving him the opportunity to study at Harvard University in Boston.

A KILKENNY native has won a prestigious award giving him the opportunity to study at Harvard University in Boston.

Padhraig Ryan, from Keatingstown in Kilkenny, is a pharmacist and a PhD candidate in Trinity College’s Centre for Health Policy and Management. He was one of 37 winners of the Irish Fulbright Awards announced last week, which provide Irish students, scholars and professionals with the opportunity to study, lecture and research at top universities and institutions in the USA.

The awards are jointly funded by the Irish and US governments under the Ireland-United States (Fulbright) Commission for Educational Exchange. Padhraig will now head stateside to evaluate a chronic disease management programme at Harvard Medical School.

Speaking about this year’s Fulbright Awards, Ms Una Halligan, Chair of the Fulbright Commission said that 37 Fulbright awards was a new record for Fulbright Ireland.

“We were delighted but not surprised by the level and standard of applicants in the 2012 Irish awards competition,” she said.

“The reputation of Fulbright continues to grow as the international value and influence associated with being a ‘Fulbrighter’ becomes more widely recognised in both academic and professional contexts.

“We have no doubt the collaborations and accomplishments they make while in the US will impact enormously on future growth across all realms of Irish society well into the future.”

The next Fulbright Awards Competition 2013-2014 will open to applicants on Monday, August 27. For more information visit www.fulbright.ie.