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Ohio State named top producer of Fulbright scholars and students

Program created to increase understanding between U.S. and the world

The Ohio State University is among only five institutions in the country to be named a top producer for both Fulbright U.S. scholar and U.S. student programs, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Ohio State is tied for fifth nationally with six Fulbright scholar awards and is tied for 14th with 10 Fulbright student awards for the 2021-22 academic year.

Ohio State consistently has been ranked as a top producer for the Fulbright scholar and student competitions, including a No. 1 ranking for Fulbright scholars in 2020-21. In the last five years, Ohio State has produced 50 faculty and 58 student Fulbright awardees.

Each year, the State Department announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries.

“For over 75 years, the Fulbright program has provided grant recipients – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with unique opportunities to study, teach and conduct research that contribute both to America’s strength as a country and our capacity to understand and solve the problems challenging societies throughout the world,” said Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “We are extremely proud to be recognized for our faculty’s and our students’ pursuit of new knowledge and the exchange of ideas on a global scale.”

As part of the university’s commitment to global engagement and to encourage students, faculty and staff to apply for Fulbright awards, Ohio State annually hosts Fulbright Week to promote the program through a series of events including workshops, presentations and other activities. This year, Fulbright Week will be held virtually from April 4-8.

Over 2,200 U.S. students and over 900 U.S. colleges and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants annually. In addition, 4,000 Fulbright Foreign Students and Visiting Scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research or teach their native language. Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries.

The scholar and student rankings may be viewed on the Fulbright Top Producing Institutions website. To view Ohio State’s 2021-22 Fulbright Scholars, visit oia.osu.edu.

The U.S. Student Fulbright competition for undergraduates is administered at Ohio State through the Undergraduate Fellowship Office. The office assists all undergraduate Ohio State students interested in pursuing a national scholarship or fellowship. The U.S. Fulbright Scholar and the U.S. Student Fulbright competition for graduate students are administered through the Office of International Affairs.

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