Asim Zia Receives Fulbright Global Scholar Award to Pakistan, Israel and Ecuador for leading a project on "Securing Clean Water in Transboundary Indus, Jordan and Amazon Basins through Science and Environmental Diplomacy"

The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Professor Asim Zia of University of Vermont has received a Fulbright Global Scholar award to Pakistan, Israel and Ecuador. Professor Zia will be hosted by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad, Pakistan; Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Kibbutz Ketura, Israel; and Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Guayaquil:, Ecuador for two months each in 2021-2022 to implement project activities. This project will implement community based science and environmental diplomacy approaches to identify feasible scientific, technological and policy solutions for securing clean water within and across three transboundary river basins: the Indus (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China), the Jordan (Israel, Palestine, Jordan) and the Amazon (Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela).

As a Fulbright Scholar, Zia will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States, Pakistan, Israel and Ecuador. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 86 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 dedicated and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and find solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

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