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Washington, DC - Five recent U.S. college graduates have been selected to participate in the 2015-16 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship to explore the power of music to influence culture and engage audiences overseas on topics of global importance. Through this joint effort by the U.S. Department of State and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, fellows will pursue academic projects on international contemporary or popular music, focusing on music and social activism, music in learning, music and the community, and musical performance.

Their findings will be shared online via the mtvU college network.

The 2015-16 Fulbright-mtvU Fellows are:

Fulbright-mtvU applications are field- and discipline-reviewed by U.S. and foreign academic leaders and regional experts. Top qualified candidates were then reviewed by Grammy Award-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pete Wentz of multi-platinum rock band Fall Out Boy, and the Grammy-Award winning band OK Go. The Presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board approved the final selections based on the nominations.