U.S. Department of State Announces 2019-2020 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions

February 10, 2020

The lists of nearly 200 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and U.S. Scholars abroad in academic year 2019-2020 are now available. The top producers highlight the Fulbright Program’s strong institutional diversity and impact on American communities across the United States.

The lists are compiled by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, and are organized by the 2018 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

“We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2019-2020 Fulbright top producing institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We are committed to the Fulbright Program’s goals of creating lasting professional and personal connections by sending passionate and accomplished U.S. students, scholars, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, research, or teach in communities throughout the world. Fulbright alumni are leaders in business, government, and academia around the globe, advancing knowledge across communities, and improving lives around the world.”

Highlights in the 2019-2020 lists include that 19 institutions appeared on the top producer lists for both U.S. students and scholars, compared to 11 last year (2018-2019). Additionally, four institutions broke the record number of Fulbright student or scholar awards per institution within their Carnegie classification category. Those institutions are: Appalachian State University (Master’s institution), which broke the record for the number of U.S. scholars receiving a Fulbright award; and, for record numbers of U.S. students receiving a Fulbright award: Georgetown University (Doctoral institution), James Madison University (Master’s institution), and Bates College (Baccalaureate institution).

Topping this year’s lists of institutions that sent the most U.S. Students abroad on the Fulbright Program are:

Doctoral Institutions
Georgetown University (District of Columbia)

Master’s Institutions
James Madison University (VA)

Baccalaureate Institutions
Bates College (ME)

Four-Year Special-Focus Institutions
Rhode Island School of Design (RI)

Fulbright Students are recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals.

Topping this year’s lists of institutions that sent the most U.S. Scholars abroad on the Fulbright Program are:

Doctoral Institutions
Pennsylvania State University at University Park (PA)

Master’s Institutions
Appalachian State University (NC)

Baccalaureate Institutions
Harvey Mudd College (CA) (tie)
Washington and Lee University (VA) (tie)
Wheaton College (IL) (tie)

Associate and Baccalaureate/Associate Institutions
City University of New York La Guardia Community College

Four-Year Special-Focus Institutions
University of California at San Francisco

Fulbright Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals.

To see a full list of the institutions by category, visit the Fulbright Top Producing Institutions website and chronicle.com/fulbright2020.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. Faculty and administrators advance professionally as a result of their participation in the U.S. Scholar Program; and U.S. higher education institutions also benefit from new viewpoints from abroad and from new international collaborations, which often lead to discoveries and breakthroughs that have a global impact.

The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe. Over 8,000 U.S. Students, U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, and Foreign Students and Scholars are awarded grants each year to study, lecture, conduct research, or teach their native language on the program.

For more information, please see eca.state.gov/Fulbright.

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