UMass Amherst Named a Top Producing Institution for Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright Top Producer of US Scholars

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked as a “Top Producing Institution” for Fulbright Scholars for 2017-18 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

With seven faculty members teaching or conducting research on four continents through the Fulbright program, UMass Amherst tied for seventh place nationally among research universities. The rankings were published Feb. 18 in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The UMass Amherst Fulbright Scholars and their overseas host institutions are:

  • David Cort, sociology, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa

  • Eva Hudlicka, computer science, University of Alberta, Canada

  • Miliann Kang, women, gender, sexuality studies, Ewha Women’s University, South Korea

  • Neal Katz, astronomy, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

  • Richard Peltier, environmental health sciences, University of York, United Kingdom

  • Arslan Razmi, economics, University of Montenegro

  • Millicent Thayer, sociology, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

In addition, nine UMass Amherst students were awarded Fulbright Scholarships for overseas study during 2017-18, bringing the campus total number of awards to 16.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 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 1,100 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 over 125 countries throughout the world.     

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. students and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages.

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