For almost 70 years, the Fulbright Scholar Program has provided over 370,000 scholars with opportunities to conduct research and teach around the world.
Professor Christopher Hudson, of the Salem State Department of Social Work is no stranger to the opportunities that being a Fulbright Scholar provides. When he boards a plane for Prague at the end of August, Hudson will be beginning his second Fulbright trip, and fourth sabbatical abroad, to conduct research.
Hudson’s research, entitled “Psychiatric Deinstitutionalization in the Czech Republic: A Study of Decision Making Processes and Outcomes” will focus how government officials make decisions to balance community, hospital, and other types of mental health services.
Sponsored by the Department of Social Work at Charles University in Prague, Hudson says his work will be part of a larger initiative which he will continue in other countries. During this 10-month trip abroad, he and his wife, Barbara, will live in York, England, and Paris, France, both for research and personal travel.
“The Fulbright Scholar Program offers faculty the chance to explore foreign countries and cultures and take part in unique research opportunities,” Hudson said.
His previous Fulbright experience was in Hong Kong in 2002 in partnership with the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong. He also traveled to New Zealand and Israel, as well as, London, for sabbatical trips, conducting several studies in psychiatric epidemiology.
Salem State University was named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars for the 2016-17 academic year and in 2011. Three scholars from Salem State University were awarded Fulbright grants for 2016-2017, landing the university among the academic year’s Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars in its category (Master’s institutions).
The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.