Feb 16, 2021

Ohio State ranked No. 1 top producer of Fulbright scholars

Fulbright Scholar Andréa Grottoli researchs coral bleaching

The Ohio State University is among 17 institutions to be named a top producer for both Fulbright U.S. scholar and U.S. student programs.

Ohio State is ranked No. 1 nationally and is the top producing Fulbright U.S. Scholar university for the 2020-21 academic year with 15 Fulbright scholars, three times the number of awardees over the previous year, and is ranked 13th for the number of students offered a Fulbright award. 

Ohio State consistently has been ranked as a top producer six of the last seven years for the number of Fulbright scholars. For the 2019-20 cycle, Ohio State had five Fulbright scholar awardees and was not nationally ranked.

Following Ohio State in the Fulbright scholar rankings are University of Michigan with 12, University of Arizona with 11, and Florida State University, Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University with 10.

Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries.

“We are incredibly proud that so many of our faculty were awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar award, and for Ohio State to be recognized as the top producer,” said Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “The 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. The prestigious program is well known for enriching the lives of the scholars recognized, providing unique opportunities to obtain international experiences which in turn elevate global engagement and understanding across the campus and in the classroom.”

As part of the university’s commitment to global engagement and to encourage faculty and staff to apply for Fulbright awards, Ohio State annually hosts Fulbright Week to promote the Fulbright Program through a series of events including workshops, presentations and other activities. This year Fulbright Week will be held virtually from April 12-16.

Over 2,200 U.S. students and over 900 U.S. colleges and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants annually. In addition, 4,000 Fulbright Foreign Students and Visiting Scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research or teach their native language. Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries.

The Fulbright scholar and student rankings may be viewed on the Fulbright Top Producing Institutions website. To view Ohio State’s 2020-21 Fulbright Scholars, visit

For more information about the Fulbright Scholar Program, visit or contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser at The Student Fulbright competition is administered through the Undergraduate Fellowship Office and can be reached at