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

With 16 students and alumni winning Fulbright awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, Villanova is again listed among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Students

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

VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University is listed among the top producers of 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students, recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 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.

16 students and alumni from Villanova University won Fulbright awards for the academic year 2018-2019, and are currently teaching, studying and conducting research abroad. In the current cycle, 55 of Villanova’s 91 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 2019-2020 academic year.

“Villanova’s mission places a strong emphasis on serving the greater good and using our talents to ignite change in our communities and beyond,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “This commitment has translated into hundreds of Villanovans becoming Fulbright Scholars over the years, and the University consistently placing among the Fulbright programs’ top-producing institutions. On behalf of the entire Villanova community, I would like to congratulate all of our applicants, semi-finalists and 16 awardees.”   

The Fulbright competition is administered at Villanova through the Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF). Visit the CRF website to learn more.   

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 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 abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages.

Visit the Fulbright Program website to learn more.   

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 M. Louise Fitzpatrick 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