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Ohio State tied for second nationally with 10 Fulbright Scholars

Ohio State's Amanda Yusko (third from left) in South KoreaThe Ohio State University is ranked second in the nation, tied with Penn State University, and is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2016-17 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ten scholars from Ohio State were awarded Fulbright grants in the past year.

Ohio State is also a top producer and ranked 25th nationally for the number of students receiving a Fulbright grant with 13 awards.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. These programs enhance the quality of global understanding, sending our students, scholars and faculty all over the world while at the same time, bringing the world’s best and brightest here to Ohio State.

“A Fulbright grant provides its recipient a life-changing opportunity — the chance to conduct research or teach abroad – to foster cultural understanding and facilitate global learning for all who participate,” said Gifty Ako-Adounvo, assistant vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “The Fulbright program enriches lives, builds leaders and creates true global citizens. We are proud to be recognized for our faculty and professional staff’s international engagement.”

Every year, Ohio State hosts Fulbright Week to promote the Fulbright Program through a series of events including workshops, presentations and other activities to engage and encourage students, faculty and professional staff to apply for the prestigious grant award. Fulbright Week is a collaborative effort among the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office. This year Fulbright Week will be held from April 17 – 21.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program on behalf of the Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. students and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach languages. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in over 125 countries throughout the world.

This year’s rankings may be viewed on The Chronicle for Higher Education website. A complete listing of Fulbright Scholar recipients is available at iie.org/cies. Ohio State’s awardees may be viewed at oia.osu.edu. For more information about the Fulbright Scholar Program, please contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser, program manager, international relations, at kukielka-blaser.1@osu.edu or visit fulbright.osu.edu.