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A Record 55 Villanovans Recognized as 2019 Fulbright Semi-Finalists

55 Villanova students and alumni were recently named 2019 Semi-Finalists by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. This breaks the previous University record of 32 Semi-Finalists, set in 2016. Students will be notified over the next two months if they will receive an award to go abroad during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Villanova has been listed among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students for the last 10 years. 2018 marked the largest single-year number of Fulbright awardees in the University’s history, with the selection of 16 students and alumni who are now teaching, studying and conducting research abroad. The Fulbright competition is administered at Villanova by the Center for Research and Fellowships, which provides guidance, preparation and support for students, alumni and faculty pursuing prestigious national and international fellowships. 

About the Fulbright Program

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 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 grants to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 150 countries throughout the world.   

Fulbright 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, faculty, and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the U.S. annually to study, lecture, conduct research, and teach foreign languages.

Visit the Fulbright Program website for more information.