Top Producing Fulbright Students and Scholars

NEW YORK, February, 12, 2015—A feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education today highlights the Fulbright Program, and lists the Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students—those institutions in each Carnegie Classification that had the highest numbers of their U.S. students (primarily recent graduates) and scholars (faculty, researchers and administrators) who received Fulbright grants for the current academic year. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, and the Top Producing schools are announced each year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The feature article focuses on the Fulbright Program’s efforts to involve more U.S. Community Colleges, noting that “the U.S. State Department is doing more to make sure that faculty members and others from community colleges also benefit from the exchange program, with the goal of getting more international perspectives into community-college campuses and classrooms.” Hosting foreign participants helps campuses enhance language instruction, while "sending faculty and administrators abroad provides them with the skills needed to jump-start campus internationalization and build long-term connections abroad," according to Meghann Curtis, the department’s deputy assistant secretary of state for academic programs. The department says the focus on community colleges dovetails with the White House’s recent spotlight on the important role played by two-year institutions.

The institutions that had the highest number of students who received Fulbright U.S. Student awards for 2014-15, by Carnegie Classification, are: Harvard U. (Research Institutions), Villanova U. (Master’s Institutions), Pitzer College (Bachelor’s Institutions), and Rhode Island School of Design (Specialized Institutions). The institutions that had the highest number of faculty who received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs are: U. of California at Berkeley (Research Institutions), City College of New York and Seattle U. (Master’s Institutions), U. of Richmond and Washington and Lee U. (Bachelor’s Institutions), Georgia Perimeter College (Community Colleges), and U. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Specialized Institutions). Visit the Chronicle of Higher Education online to see this special coverage of the Fulbright Program. To view the full list of Fulbright Scholars for 2014-2015, visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar and Fulbright U.S. Student websites.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research, and more than 800 U.S. Scholars teach or conduct research through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, and more opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries throughout the world. IIE administers the Fulbright Program on behalf of U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Directories of Fulbright student recipients are available at: Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and Fulbright Scholar recipients are available at Fulbright Scholar Directory.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit the Fulbright website.