A fourth-year English studies student at York University’s Glendon College has been granted a prestigious Killam Fellowship, an award from Fulbright Canada that will fund a semester-long exchange to Arizona State University.
Emily Leahy, a student and research assistant at Glendon, is pursuing a bilingual specialized honours BA in English. She will spend January to May of 2018 at Arizona State University to gain first-hand experience studying in the United States, as her academic interests lie in how American migration movements are represented in literature. She has presented at the Willa Cather International Seminar in Pittsburgh and has previously guest lectured at Glendon.
As part of her interest in migration, Leahy has served as the co-chair of the World University Service of Canada organization at Glendon, assisting with education and advocacy of refugee issues, and fundraising to support refugee students. She also serves as an editorial assistant for Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.
Leahy is one of 21 Killam Fellowship recipients for 2017-18.
She is also the recipient of several awards, including the Friends of Glendon Scholarship in English, and the Janet Warner-Eric Rump Travel Award.
The Killam Fellowships Program is a competitive program providing an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada and the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States or Canada respectively. The program provides a cash reward of US$5,000 per semester, a three-day orientation in Ottawa and a three-day spring seminar in Washington.
Fulbright Canada is sponsored by the United States Department of State and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development. It is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization governed by an independent board of directors, charged with identifying and supporting the very best and brightest in Canada and the United States.
During her exchange, Leahy will be documenting her experience on her Glendon eAmbassador blog at emilyleahygl.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/killam-fellowship-ottawa-orientation-highlights/#more-423.