US Fulbright-mtvU fellow to study LGBT music in India

August 14th, 2012 - 12:42 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 13 (IANS) Jeffrey Roy, a University of California, Los Angeles, student has won a State Department Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship to study music of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community in India.

Roy is one of the four 2012 winners of the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship to study, for an academic year, aspects of international musical culture in India, Barbados, Botswana, and Kosovo, the department’s bureau of educational and cultural affairs and mtvU announced Monday.

The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship builds on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s vision of “smart power”, which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools-in this case music-to bring people together and foster greater understanding, the state department said.

In partnership with mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, the Fulbright fellowship uses music to promote mutual understanding, it said.

Recipients were chosen through a multi-tiered, merit-based selection process by US and foreign academic leaders, as well as a panel of professional musicians including Foster the People, J.Cole, B.o.B. and Diplo.

Winners will share their experiences during their Fulbright year via video reports, blogs and podcasts on mtvU and

The other three winners were:

Albulen Shabani, University of Wisconsin, women’s musical groups in Kosovo; Katherine Cloutier, Michigan State University, community health and music in Barbados; and Sebastian Modak, University of Pennsylvania, local hip hop and HIV/AIDS awareness in Botswana.

The State Department Monday also announced that applications for next year’s Fulbright-mtvU Fellows will be accepted through March 1, 2013.

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