Fulbright Scholarships Dominated By State Schools

Fulbright Scholarships Dominated By State Schools


The Fulbright scholarship data was released this month, and public schools have made a strong showing. The top four universities supplying Fulbright scholars (as opposed to students) are all state research institutions.

University of South Florida 12
Ohio State University 11
Pennsylvania State University at University Park 10
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 10

Fulbright scholars research and teach in foreign universities for up to a year, increasing the reach of American academia and building important networks. This year’s awardees include Nathan Fisk, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education at South Florida, who is carrying out research at the London School of Economics, and Zuleima Karpyn, Engineering Professor at Penn State, who is teaching and carrying out research at the University of Medellin, Colombia.

Fulbright scholarships remain egalitarian. Between 2010 and 2013, only 0.02 percent of those awarded in the U.S. went to faculty members in the Ivy League. And in that time period, another public university, the University of Florida, generated the most Fulbright scholars: 28, who studied in countries from Nepal to Brazil.

As faculty at public universities dominate the Fulbrights, they’re also more successfully reaching people outside their departments, including their own students.

In the 2016 WSJ/Times Higher Education University Rankings, Princeton dropped out of the top five because of a slide in its student engagement score. The private University of Chicago fell to 13th for the same reason.

“Neither [Princeton or the University of Chicago] makes the top 600 when it comes to how students feel about the way they learned,” writes the Wall Street Journal.

Fulbright applications are currently open for the 2018–9 academic year.

Photograph: Ohio State University, Bob Hall, CC-BY-SA-2.0, Flickr.

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