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URA Bagsit qualifies for a Fulbright grant

“I will be pursuing my PhD in Coastal Resources Management at the East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. My background is marine fisheries and my work as a researcher at the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas, brought me closer to real issues on the ground. I’d like to focus my research work on helping the small-scale fisheries in our country as this hosts a gamut of issues, and remains a marginalized sector.”

With this in mind, Farisal U. Bagsit, Univiversity Research Associate I of IFPDS left for the United States in August this year to pursue a Ph.D. under the Fulbright Scholarship Program (FSP).

Bagsit said she first applied for a slot under the FSP 2014 and was shortlisted for an interview but did not make the final list of scholars for the 2015 intake. She applied again the following year and her perseverance paid off and was selected as one of the principal candidates for the Fulbright Classic Program. This was something to be happy because only 10 slots out of the 191 applications were received for the 2016-2017 intake. Bagsit also patiently went through the entire application, selection and placement process that took more than a year. Finally, after completing all the requirements, she is now enrolled at the East Carolina University.

In addition, Bagsit pointed out that she applied for a Fulbright scholarship because of its reputation wherein only the best are selected. She recalled an occassion wherein UP Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion, was a speaker. Concepscion said that, “If you want a rigid training, you go to the United States.” Bagsit said that Concepcion’s message was very clear and resonated to all who were listening including her.

“It was what made me decide to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. I knew it’s going be hard, but excellence entail hard work. It’s a continuing process,” she said of the work ahead of her.

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