Carleton Named a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program that awards approximately 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study.

Feb. 28, 2020

Carleton College is again recognized as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students, ranking ninth among baccalaureate institutions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program that offers upcoming graduates and recent alumni the opportunity to participate in advanced research, international graduate study, and teaching at primary and secondary schools in more than 160 countries worldwide. Approximately 2,000 U.S. students are awarded Fulbright grants annually in all fields of study. During their grants, Fulbright students “meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.” In addition, the program “facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and routine tasks.” The Fulbright U.S. Scholar and Student programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

While in their host countries, Fulbright students spend a year living and learning “on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.” Among the factors considered in selecting Fulbright grantees are: quality and feasibility of the proposal, academic record, personal qualifications, language preparation, and an eagerness to promote active engagement with a host community.

Meet the 10 Carls who are currently spending a year abroad on prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. The Fulbright program is administered at Carleton through the Office of Student Fellowships.

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