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Villanova University Named a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students

A University-record 33 students, including four CLAS graduate students, won awards for the 2019-2020 academic year

Fulbright program top producer 2019-2020

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University is listed as a top producer of 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Students as recently announced by the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing U.S. colleges and universities are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Villanova placed fourth among the top Fulbright producers behind only Georgetown University, Brown University and Princeton University. See the full list of Top Fulbright Producers.

Thirty-three students and alumni from Villanova, including four graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, won Fulbright awards for the 2019-2020 academic year. Of the 33 selected, 30 Villanovans are currently teaching, studying and conducting research abroad. The remaining three chose to forgo the grant to pursue doctoral degrees or professional opportunities. View a map with the full list of the current Fulbright recipients and their placements.

“As an Augustinian Catholic institution, serving the greater good has always been a focal point of Villanova’s pedagogy,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “I believe this emphasis on creating positive change coupled with strong academics, has led to hundreds of Villanovans becoming Fulbright Scholars and the University consistently placing among the Fulbright programs’ top-producing institutions. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.”

The Fulbright competition is administered at Villanova through the Center for Research and Fellowships. In the current Fulbright cycle, 46 of Villanova’s 72 applicants were named semi-finalists for the award and will be notified over the next two months if they receive an award to go abroad during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. More than 2,200 U.S. Students and more than 900 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants annually. In addition, some 4,000 Fulbright Foreign Students and Visiting Scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research or teach their native language.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.

Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries worldwide and partners with participating governments, host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States. Visit the Fulbright Program website to learn more.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.