UMass Amherst Again Named Top Producer of Fulbright Awards

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AMHERST, Mass. – For the fourth time in five years, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named a “Top Producing Institution” of Fulbright student awards among research colleges and universities. 

The 2018-19 rankings from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs appear in the Chronicle of Higher Education. With 13 students receiving scholarships in the distinguished competition, UMass Amherst tied with Dartmouth College and Duke University in the 15th position.

UMass Amherst received the same distinction in the Fulbright Student Program for three consecutive years beginning with the 2014-15 rankings. And last year, UMass Amherst was named a top producing institution in the Fulbright Scholars category, with seven faculty members given awards to teach or conduct research on four continents.

Fulbright recipients are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. Nearly 40 percent of the UMass Amherst students who applied in 2018 were awarded a Fulbright grant for individually designed study or research, or to teach English in a foreign country. The UMass Amherst students are living and studying in countries around the globe, including Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Morocco, Norway, the Philippines and South Africa.

The Fulbright competition is administered at UMass Amherst by the Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA), which sponsors and supports students seeking some of the world’s top academic scholarships. The latest student cohort of Fulbright winners is featured on the ONSA website discussing their work.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Each year, about 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields are offered the opportunity to study, conduct research or teach in 140 countries. In turn, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States each year to study, lecture and teach languages.