The Fulbright Program, created in 1946, in an international educational exchange program developed for the purpose of connecting students across continents for the mutual benefit of providing opportunities for scholars to study, teach and conduct research abroad. According to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program has expanded to over 160 countries and awards 8,000 grants annually.
Arizona State University was named a top producer of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions for 2016-17. The Chronicle of Higher Education released their Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars and Students list in 2017, with ASU ranking #5 in student Fulbright awards and in the top 20 for research institutions producing student Fulbright scholars for two consecutive years.
Additionally, ASU ranked #6 in the nation for awards to faculty members in 2017. Currently, ASU has six faculty members and 15 students in the Fulbright Program, and another 29 students who were recently named semifinalists for next year’s award.
ASU’s recent growth provides a world of opportunities for the university’s future in terms of our commitment to producing master learners. Our development of international programs are redefining the landscape of global engagement.
The 21 faculty and students from ASU are currently studying and teaching in countries around the world including Vietnam, Germany, Kazakhstan and South Africa. This includes professor Stephen Doig from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who also teaches courses through ASU Online, who is serving as a lecturer on social science tools for journalism at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.
“Part of the university’s mission is to engage with people and issues globally, and Fulbright scholars are the embodiment of that,” said Mark Searle, ASU’s executive vice president and university provost. “The exchange of knowledge and interest benefits the scholar as well as the community abroad, and it brings ASU’s academic rigor and innovation to the world stage.”
“Year in and year out, ASU has been a consistent presence on the Fulbright ‘Top Producers’ list, which is a testament to our commitment to global engagement, service and leadership,” said Kyle Mox, director of the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement at ASU and the coordinator of the Fulbright program for ASU students.
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