Sandra ChapmanSandra Chapman

Studying data analytics and space weather

Sandra Chapman is Professor of Physics at the University of Warwick. Sandra’s work is highly interdisciplinary and she pioneers nonlinear and complex systems approaches in solar system and laboratory plasmas and more widely. She read Physics on an Exhibition Scholarship to Imperial College, London and her PhD (Imperial College) was on chaos in space plasmas. Recognition includes the COSPAR Zeldovich Medal, EGS Young Scientists' Medal and the RAS 2014 James Dungey Lecture. Sandra held research fellowships from PPARC, the RS/JSPS, the Nuffield Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, amongst others. Earth’s highly dynamic space plasma environment has its own space weather which in our highly networked world can result in power and aviation disruption, communication loss and disturbance to satellite systems. Her scholarship year will be at the world class centre for space weather research at Boston University and other centres of excellence across the USA. 

  Mark FarrellMark Farrell

An Actuarial Science Research Study into the Opportunities & Challenges of Self-quantification Consumer Health Data

Dr Mark Farrell is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (FIA) and currently Programme Director of the Actuarial Science and Risk Management BSc degree program at Queen’s University Belfast Management School, where he has successfully led the development of Actuarial Science education. After obtaining a first class degree in Mathematics at Loughborough University in 1999, Mark spent 10 years working in various actuarial roles in London, Toronto, Belfast and Dublin, before moving into academia in 2009. Mark’s current research area is in Insurance Technology (Insurtech) where he is investigating the application of wearable device data to help price insurance risks. Mark will be visiting Arizona State University where he will be building links with other actuarial science researchers.

 Laurence WarnerLaurence Warner

Computational Social Science MA

Laurence Warner is looking forward to taking part in University of Chicago’s innovative MA in Computational Social Science, a program in only its second year of existence which seeks to apply modern computer science and statistics tools to data sets across the social sciences. With a background in the relatively confined and theoretical discipline of economics, Laurence is excited by the prospect of learning useful quantitative skills in an interdisciplinary atmosphere and using them to explore real-life datasets, especially in areas of popular interest such as sports and arts. He is particularly excited about learning computer programming and hopes to write a blog about this journey, as well as sharing data visualisations, to engage people outside of academia.


Since the collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission was established in 2012, the following awardees have been supported to undertake risk-related research in the US:


 How to apply:

Application for both awards is via the Fulbright Commission website:

About the Fulbright Programme Worldwide:

Created in the aftermath of the Second World War through the vision of US Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Programme promotes the twin goals of academic excellence and cultural understanding. It operates in more than 150 countries, providing students, scholars and professionals with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. 

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission:

The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Programme.

Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, Liam Byrne MP, Dr Ben Broadbent and the economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz.