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Carluke’s Robert Lawson wins prestigious Fulbright Award

Picture of Robert Lawson - chosen to be part of Fulbright Scholarship in Pittsburgh.

Picture of Robert Lawson - chosen to be part of Fulbright Scholarship in Pittsburgh.

CARLUKE native, Robert Lawson, has received a Scottish Studies Fulbright Award to enable him to carry out research at the University of Pittsburgh on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.

Former Carluke High pupil Robert (29) will be leaving for Pittsburgh on September 11 and will touch down on American soil the following day - his 30th birthday.

Robert said: “It’s a privilege to have been chosen as the Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar and I’m very excited to be part of one of the world’s most prestigious exchange programmes.

“As a Fulbright Scholar, I’ll be working on two book projects during my time at the University of Pittsburgh.

“The first is a research monograph which focuses on the intersection of language, masculinity and toughness in Glasgow, and the second is an edited volume which showcases contemporary sociolinguistic research on speech communities in Scotland.

“I will be going over there with my girlfriend Rebecca and she is very excited as well.

“It will be a bit strange arriving in Pittsburgh in my 30s and I will leave the UK in my 20s.”

For more on this story pick up a copy of the Carluke Gazette which is in the shops now.

 

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