Columbia Named Top-Producing Fulbright Institution

Friday, February 24, 2023
2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Student Grant awardees

Pictured above, top row from left to right: Andrea Akinola CC’22; Bella Barnes CC’22; Kavin Chada CC’22; Katie Curran CC’20; Katherine De Chant CC’16; Joshua Elias CC’21; Skylar Green CC’22
Bottom row from left to right: Kate Elise Johnson CC’22; Ky Mahar Luther CC’22; Franziska Nace CC’22; Isa Pierce CC’22; Maryam Raham CC’22; Steven Zeldin CC’22.
Not pictured: Jose Esquer GS’21; Gavin Goodrich CC’22; Samuel Klein-Markman CC’17.

Columbia University has again been named a top-producing institution for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, landing in the top 10 with 16 awardees in 2022–23. Columbia is one of several institutions that has been on the top-producing list for the last decade.

Columbia’s awardees in the last year include 15 Columbia College alumni and one School of General Studies graduate, who last year received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to pursue independent research, postgraduate studies or English teaching assistantships in locations ranging from Azerbaijan to Brazil to the Canary Islands. These Fulbrighters will pursue professional and academic objectives in fields from linguistics to virology to gender studies.

“With their curiosity and desire to expand cross-cultural dialogue, Columbia students embody the ideals of the Fulbright,” said Ariella Lang, associate dean of academic affairs and director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. “Our awardees exemplify the values held by Columbia students that have made our university a top-producing Fulbright institution time and again.”

Established in 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 2,200 grants annually for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. The Fulbright program is one of several U.S. cultural exchange programs for which the goal is to improve mutual understanding, cultural diplomacy and intercultural competence between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. It is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 160 countries and facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field and home, and in daily life. Fulbright alumni have included 41 heads of state or government, 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 78 MacArthur Fellows and countless leaders and changemakers who carry forward the Fulbright mission.

Columbia College students interested in learning about applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program can participate in Columbia’s Fulbright Week, Monday, March 27–Friday, March 31, 2023 and should also connect with Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.