by Stephanie Kecskes

Spring 2021 Honors College graduate Tinaye Gibbons is heading to Dublin, Ireland, this fall for graduate school as an Alternate for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. 
Gibbons said she’s “most excited about getting to study there and see what Dublin has to offer. I love new adventures and I’m very excited for this one to start.”
Accepted to the master’s program in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College Dublin, Gibbons’s research will focus on comparing the physical spaces of the Black LGBTQ+ community in 20th century Ireland to modern day. She hopes to bring awareness to the rich diversity of Ireland. 
“It wasn’t until I had classes and talked with Dr. Chalifoux and Dr. McCleary that I really wanted to pursue a graduate degree, as well as Kate pushing me to go to more conferences and really think about what I wanted to do after undergrad.”Tinaye Fulbright

“Tinaye took full advantage of her academic opportunities at UWG," said Kate Theobald, manager of UWG's Office of Undergraduate Research. "She combined her History major with a minor in Geographic Information Systems to study and research historical events in the ways that were most intriguing to her. We first discussed pursuing graduate programs abroad between sessions at an undergraduate research conference where Tinaye was presenting, and through the Fulbright application process, she realized that doing her graduate work in Ireland is absolutely possible. The Ireland Open Study/Research Fulbright is one of the most competitive Fulbright programs, and Tinaye excelled in the application process. Studying at Trinity College Dublin will be life-changing for Tinaye, and I could not be more excited for her."
Dr. Donohoe, Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Philosophy, said, “Tinaye has reason to be so proud of being an alternate for the Fulbright. The process of applying is incredibly valuable in helping students think about the skills they have acquired, the successes that they’ve had, and where they want to take their education. Tinaye can be a huge inspiration for other students who are interested in pursuing these kinds of prestigious scholarships. She is a wonderful example of what UWG students can achieve.”
The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide. The Ireland Open Study/Research Fulbright is one of the most competitive Fulbright programs with a less than 2% chance of being selected for the award.

Gibbons offers advice to students who are considering submitting a Fulbright application: “I think students should go for it. If you are passionate about your research topic or a specific country, you should apply.”

For more information on The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, visit the Fulbright's website.

Posted on May 12, 2021