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

Villanova a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

VILLANOVA, Pa.— The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Students.  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Villanova University was listed as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students, a list which is highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Eleven students from Villanova University are overseas teaching and/or conducting research as Fulbright award recipients for 2016-2017. In what marks the University’s last year in the master’s category for this listing, Villanova was ranked #1 in the nation for its number of Fulbright students.

“I am incredibly proud that Villanova continues to be a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students. It signals the strength of our academic programs and the quality of our student body,” said Villanova University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD. “I congratulate these eleven students who are joining a long line of Villanovans who have participated in the Fulbright Program and used their unique talents and gifts for the betterment of the world around them.”

The Fulbright competition is administered at Villanova through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF). Click here to visit the CURF website.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.  Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at:

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Student 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. scholars, teachers and faculty 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 foreign languages.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit