Monitor reporter gets Fulbright scholarship


The Daily Monitor Chief Reporter, Mr Tabu Butagira, has got a Fulbright Scholarship. He is among eight Ugandans who have been awarded the prestigious Scholarship, to study at various US Universities.

The scholarships range from Fulbright Junior Staff Development Programme, Fullbright African Research Scholar Programme and the Hubert Humphrey fellowship.

Mr Butagira will study at the Arizona State University on the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship that is named after former US Vice President and Senator from Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey.“It’s a correct verdict to be justly proud of and truly humbled,” Mr Butagira told the Daily Monitor. “Fulbright as the US government’s most prestigious academic programme, opens the gateway for entry into a privileged league of global scholars, and with it, other opportunities.”

It is a one-year programme offer to mid-career professionals working at policy level who have a record of leadership and commitment to public service.

Fellows are based at leading American universities for 10 months to pursue self-designed programmes that include independent study, course work and an internship with an organisation on their field of expertise.

Mr Butagira will spend 10 months at Arizona State University while he will undertake a tailor-made course in digital and data journalism, political communications and media leadership.“My resolve is to invest my best to gain the most, and that I who is not of a particular pedigree got a Fulbright (Humphrey) fellowship, should indeed inspire colleagues to apply for it.“I look forward to a professionally enriching and personally fulfilling year at Arizona State University,” he said. He leaves for the States in the first week of August.

Others sharing Butagira’s winning successes include Prof Joe Oloka Onyango, the professor of Law at Makerere University. rof Onyango won a four months Grant for Fulbright African Research Scholars Programme.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor