Yale is a top producer of U.S. student Fulbright winners

For the past decade, Yale has been a top producer of U.S. student Fulbright awardees, with more than 100 Yale students or alumni winning the prestigious honor in the past five years.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. college and universities that produced the most 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright students. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Twenty students from Yale won Fulbright awards for 2016-2017, including English teaching assistants in Germany (Hannah Geressu ’16), Morocco (Grace Brody ’16), and Vietnam (Devon Geyelin ’16). Yale College students were also successful in the Study/Research category with projects including mental health and substance abuse in rural communities (Haley Adams ’16, Nicaragua); a comparative case study of primary health networks in New South Wales (Millicent Cripe ’16, Australia); and the history of rural economic development in early modern Japan (John D’Amico ’16, Japan).

Yale graduate students who have won Fulbright Awards in recent years include Sara Smith, a Ph.D. student in anthropology who is researching differing approaches to cancer treatment in Jordan, and Kevin McLean Ph.D. ’16 who as a doctoral student in the school of Forestry and Environmental Science was the recipient of the Fulbright-National Geographic fellowship to study canopy wildlife in Ecuador and Malaysia.

The Fulbright competition for Yale College students is administered annually through the Office of Fellowships Programs in the Center for International and Professional Experience. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences office administers the application process for students in the graduate school and professional schools. The competition cycle runs annually from April to March and, this year, the Fulbright website will launch its application on April 3.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 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 1,900U.S. students, artists, and young professionals in more than 100different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available on the Fulbright website.

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 in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the Department of State, including conducting the annual competition for the scholarships.

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

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit here.

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