UW News

February 13, 2015

University of Washington named one of 12 ‘top producers’ of both Fulbright scholars and students

UW News

U. of WashingtonThe University of Washington is one of 12 institutions to make the “top producers” list of both Fulbright scholars and students for 2014-15, according to lists released Thursday in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Fulbright Program, operated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Seven scholars and 13 students from the UW were awarded Fulbright grants for 2014-2015, with the university landing fourth on the scholars list and tied for 17th on the students list.

“The UW has a proud history of global engagement, with a large number of faculty engaged in international research collaborations, and many undergraduate and graduate students studying and conducting research abroad,” said Jeffrey Riedinger, the UW’s vice provost for global affairs.

“We are building on that history, aiming to be a world of good by working to increase access for faculty and students, who for reasons of finances or fields of study, have been underrepresented in our international engagement.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in more than 125 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright Scholar recipients are available at www.iie.org/cies.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.