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Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

JHU sees record number of Fulbright grants

Ever wanted to learn more about 17th-century anxieties over visionary experiences, as expressed through artwork at a Spanish monastery? How about studying representations of the Roman goddess Virtus with the German Archaeological Institute?

If so, you’re not alone.

A group of Ph.D. candidates at Johns Hopkins University will spend a year studying those very topics, thanks to grants from the Fulbright Scholars Program.

Nineteen Hopkins students and recent graduates — a record number for the school — were named Fulbright scholars this year; the program awards about 8,000 grants per year, according to a statement from the university.

Thirteen people were awarded grants for research or study outside of the United States, covering a diverse range of topics including renewable energy, the health care needs of refugees who have recently settled in France, child malnutrition in a town in Peru and the contemporary Jewish community living in Berlin, Germany.

Some are little more specialized: one Ph.D. student will study Sumerian hymns in Switzerland, and a recent MFA graduate is researching a novel based on her adopted brother’s journey to South Korea to meet his birth father.

Another six recent and soon-to-be Hopkins graduates will participate in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program, traveling to countries such as Argentina, Nepal, France, Malaysia and Mexico to work as English teachers, according to the university.