Eight Vanderbilt students and alumni have been awarded funding to pursue graduate study, conduct research and teach English around the world through the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Career Center and Graduate School advised them on the application process, providing support and facilitating the internal nomination process for this highly competitive award.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, founded in 1946, annually provides approximately 1,900 students, artists and early career professionals the opportunity to engage in international cultural exchange while gaining experience in their research fields, academic pursuits or teaching skills in over 140 countries. Fulbright awardees are chosen for their academic merit, ambassadorial abilities and leadership potential. This initiative, led by the U.S. State Department, has awarded more than 380,000 grants since its inception.
This year, 23 Vanderbilt faculty and staff met with and endorsed 43 candidates, 27 of whom received the distinction of semi-finalist. Of this year’s group, eight were offered grants as Fulbright finalists, and eight students have been named alternates who may subsequently become grantees. The Fulbrighters will spend an academic year in each of their host countries, exploring the unique opportunities the award presents and engaging with the local community.