Kelly Biedenweg, associate professor in the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for the 2022-23 academic year, the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have announced.

Under the program, Biedenweg will investigate the human wellbeing impacts of Chilean marine protected areas with the Centro IDEAL in Chile during a four-month Distinguished Scholar Fellowship.

Biedenweg is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad during the 2022-23 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Her Fulbright grant is titled “Developing an OSU-Chilean Collaboration for Social Science Integration in Chilean Natural Resource Management.”

Biedenweg will collaborate with researchers and agency staff in Chile to better integrate social scientific principles and methods in Chilean natural resource management, specifically in the Patagonia region.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is also supported by partner countries around the world. The program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Since being established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The list of Fulbright alumni includes 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize recipients and 40 people who have served as a head of state or government.