Forty-eight current University of Notre Dame students and alumni have been recognized by theFulbright U.S. Scholar Program for grants taking place in 2016-17, with 27 finalists, 11 alternates and 10 semifinalists named.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study and teach abroad. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This year’s number is expected to raise Notre Dame’s national ranking to one of the top 10 universities in the country for 2016-2017.
The number of Notre Dame students and alumni recognized is nearly double the previous University record, and the number of winners is 59 percent higher than the previous Notre Dame record of 17, set last year. According to Thomas Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, “This is wonderful news. Fulbright is one of the oldest, most respected and most effective programs in the world for international student engagement. On behalf of all the faculty, I offer heartfelt congratulations to our applicants whether or not they received an award. We know that going through the process required considerable time and effort, and that it can lead to a much greater understanding of global issues. To those who received the award and will be traveling to places all around the world, we send our best wishes for much success and fulfillment in their work.”