Professor Burke Griggs Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for 2023-2024

Photo: Prof. Burke GriggsWashburn University is pleased to announce that Professor Burke Griggs (Law) has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in Law and Sustainability at the NOVA School of Law in Lisbon, Portugal, for the 2023-2024 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Professor Griggs is among more than 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2023-2024 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions.

Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.

Griggs joined the Law Faculty in 2016 and is a nationally recognized authority on water law. His Fulbright project, "Conjunctive Management of Trans-boundary Waters in the Iberian Peninsula and the Southwest USA," will research, develop and articulate legal tools necessary to integrate the management of surface and groundwater supplies across river basins that cross state and national boundaries—tools urgently needed to improve water sustainability and climate resilience.

"We're incredibly excited that one of our professors gets to participate in this amazing opportunity," said Jeffrey Jackson, interim dean, Washburn University School of Law. "Burke is a wonderful and well-respected professor and is well deserving of this honor. He exemplifies the kind of faculty we have here at Washburn."

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program.

For more than 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world. More than 800 U.S. scholars, artists and professionals from all backgrounds teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. Additionally, more than 1,900 diverse U.S. students, artists and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants annually to study, teach English and conduct research overseas.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports the implementation of the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar Programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit