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Congratulations to Radhika Purandare ’21: TCNJ’s 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Student

Radhika Purandare ’21

The Office of Competitive Post-Graduate Fellowships is proud to announce that Radhika Purandare ’21 is a 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Student. She is currently in Sweden studying maternal and child outcomes at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Our office caught up with Radhika to ask her a couple of questions about her experience with applying to the Fulbright and what she plans to achieve during her time in Sweden. 

  • Radhika, what inspired you to apply for the Fulbright? 
    • “I’m really passionate about health equity, and I wanted the opportunity to learn more about how people in other countries work to address inequities in maternal and child outcomes. I was also lucky to have amazing professors and staff at TCNJ who encouraged me to pursue a Fulbright and supported me throughout the application process.”
  • What will you be studying in Sweden? 
    • “I’m studying maternal health among migrant populations.”
  • Who will you work with?
    • “I’m working at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm with Dr. Helena Lindgren and Dr. Erica Schytt, who run a program called Enhanced Maternity care for Migrant women – research to Action (EMMA), which aims to alleviate disparities in maternal outcomes among migrant women.” 
  • What do you hope to achieve from this opportunity? 
    • “On an academic level, I’m looking forward to learning more about different research methodologies, but I’m also excited to have the opportunity to immerse myself in a different culture and get a global perspective on public health.”
  • Is there anything else you’d like to share/ any advice for other applicants? 
    • “I know that the application process can feel a little intimidating, but having just finished my first few days of work, I can definitely attest that it’s worth it! If anyone has any questions about my experience so far, they can feel free to reach out to me via email.” 

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