Three exceptional University of Canterbury graduates are receiving prestigious 2019 Fulbright Awards to study
postgraduate degrees in the United States in an awards presentation ceremony in Wellington tonight. The 2019 Fulbright
Grantees will be honoured at the annual Fulbright New Zealand Awards Ceremony at Parliament tonight (Monday 17 June),
hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.
Abbas Nazari, from Christchurch, will complete a Master of International Affairs degree at Columbia University in New
York City, New York.
Abbas, who attended Burnside High School in Christchurch, graduated with a BA (Hons First Class) in International
Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Canterbury (UC) in 2016.
Abbas was only seven when he became one of 438 Afghan refugees at the centre of an international incident when the
captain of the Norwegian freighter MV Tampa rescued them from a small distressed fishing vessel off the Australian
He is one of the 11 exceptional New Zealand graduates from across Aotearoa who have been granted a 2019 Fulbright
Two UC Engineering graduates are among the eight New Zealand graduates heading to the United States in a couple of
months to pursue further study and research in areas of innovation, science and technology.
Ribu Dhakal and Nicholas Goodson are both traveling to California in 2019 as Fulbright New Zealand Science and
Innovation Award recipients.
Ribu Dhakal will research liquefaction of reclaimed soils at the University of California Berkeley, in Berkeley
California, towards his PhD at UC.
Ribu, who attended Christchurch Boys' High School, graduated with a BE (Hons First Class) in Civil Engineering from UC
in 2017 and began his doctoral studies in Civil Engineering at UC in 2018.
Nicholas Goodson is from Wellington, and will complete a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at
Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
From Onslow College, Nicholas graduated with a BE (Hons First Class) in Mechanical Engineering from UC in April 2019.
About the Fulbright awards:
Fulbright New Zealand Graduate Awards
are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in any
field. Approximately eight awards are granted annually, valued at up to US$40,000 (plus NZ$4,000 travel funding) for up
to one year of study or research in the US. Students undertaking multi-year Master’s or PhD degrees have the opportunity
to apply for additional funding of up to US$30,000 towards their second year of study.
The annual Science and Innovation graduate awards
are offered in partnership with the Science and Innovation group at MBIE and are valued at up to US$40,000 (plus
NZ$4,000 travel funding) for up to one year of study or research in the US. Students undertaking multi-year Masters or
PhD degrees have the opportunity to apply for additional funding of up to US$30,000 towards their second year of study.