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Ohio State University is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. student and U.S. scholars

The Ohio State University is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Students and Fulbright U.S. Scholars. Each year the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

15 scholars and 19 students from Ohio State were awarded Fulbright awards for 2020-2021. Ohio State is among 17 institutions in the country to be named a Top Producer for both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs.

"We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2020-2021 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States," said Mary Kirk, Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. "In supporting their faculty and administrators who pursue Fulbright awards, and supporting faculty advisors who guide their students through the Fulbright application process, these institutions benefit from new viewpoints from abroad and new international collaborations, which often lead to discoveries and breakthroughs that have a global impact. Fulbright U.S. Scholars benefit professionally throughout their careers by expanding the scope and reach of their research and bringing a global perspective to their teaching. Fulbright U.S. Students enrich their educations, advance their careers, and make valuable contributions abroad and at home.  Both Students and Scholars benefit by receiving the professional recognition that comes with being named a Fulbright Student or Fulbright Scholar."

"The fact that the Fulbright Program consistently recognizes so many of our outstanding students and faculty underscores the academic excellence at our university and the drive of our people to make a difference," said Ohio State President Kristina Johnson. "Buckeyes are committed to solving the world's biggest problems, and the opportunity to expand their perspective through global experiences will help them realize that goal by deepening their education and broadening the reach of their scholarship."

The Student Fulbright competition 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. For more information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, visit the Fellowship Office or contact The Fulbright Scholar Program is supported at Ohio State through the Office of International Affairs. For more information about the Fulbright Scholar Program, visit or contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser at  

The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over 2,200 U.S. Students and over 900 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants annually. In addition, some 4,000 Fulbright Foreign Students and Visiting Scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research, or teach their native language.

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. 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.

The Fulbright scholar and student rankings may be viewed on the Fulbright Top Producing Institutions website.