Zsuzsanna Gulacsi’s email inbox filled up with congratulatory messages earlier this month after she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a residency at the National Humanities Center.

The highly coveted awards for her sabbatical research during the upcoming school year support her project, “Artistic Culture of Religious Instruction along the Trade Routes of Late Ancient and Medieval Asia.”

“Being awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship is important for our department and the university,” said Gulacsi, a professor in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship was established in 1925 to recognize productive artists, scholars, and scientists in all fields. Of the approximately 4,000 applications received by the foundation each year, 200 people are awarded the fellowship.

The only other NAU faculty member recognized with the Guggenheim Fellowship was Jason BeDuhn, who received the award for the 2004-2005 academic year.