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Ohio State ranked fourth nationally as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright Scholar Tim LandersThe Ohio State University is ranked fourth in the nation and is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Nine scholars from Ohio State were awarded Fulbright grants in the past year.

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 a life-changing opportunity — the chance to conduct research or teach abroad – connect with global communities, share knowledge and make an impact on resolving the many challenges the world faces every day,” said Gifty Ako-Adounvo, assistant vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “The prestigious program is well known for enriching lives and creating true global citizens, and 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 March 26 – 30.

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 director, international relations, at kukielka-blaser.1@osu.edu or visit fulbright.osu.edu.