UW–Madison ranks among top producers of both Fulbright Students, Scholars

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of just 14 institutions nationwide with the highest numbers of both students and faculty to receive U.S. Fulbright grants for 2015-16.

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 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Six UW–Madison faculty members (listed here with their host institutions) received Fulbright Scholar Program awards for 2015-16:

  • Fulbright_Top Scholar Producer-15_HRNaomi Chesler, professor of biomedical engineering, at Tel-Aviv University, Israel;
  • James Luedtke, associate professor of industrial engineering, at Adolfo Ibanez University, Santiago, Chile;
  • Kathryn Moeller, assistant professor in educational policy studies, at Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil;
  • Aili Tripp, professor of political science and gender and women’s studies, at Al-Akhawayn University, Ifran, Morocco;
  • M. Vander Zanden, professor of zoology, at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand;
  • Kimber Wilkerson, professor of rehabilitation psychology and special education, at Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Odunpazari, Turkey.

The number of Fulbright Scholars ties UW–Madison for fourth-highest with 13 other research institutions. Arizona State University at Tempe topped this list with 10 scholars.

In addition, UW–Madison produced 13 recipients of 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards.

Fulbright_Top Student Producer-15_HRSix students (listed here with field and destination country) received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for graduate research abroad: Jordan Baskerville, cultural and intellectual history, Thailand; Kramer Gillin, geography, Tajikistan; Amy Hughes, art and architecture, Czech Republic; Tobias Lunt, agriculture, Ethiopia; Clarence Moore, political science, Jordan; Valerie Stull, agriculture, Zambia.

Seven students (listed here with destination country) received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for English Teaching Assistantships: Tessa Anne Coggio, Germany; Kaitlin Koehler, Mexico; Meghan Rose Moen, Mexico; Evan Lee Nelson, Germany; Ryan Steven Plesh, Turkey; Abbey Elizabeth Seidel, Brazil.

The list of top-producing colleges and universities included 42 research institutions that produced 10 or more Fulbright U.S. Student recipients, led by Harvard with 31.

The Fulbright contact at UW-Madison is Erin L. Crawley, international fellowships advisor, fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu, (608) 262-9632.

About the Fulbright Program

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries.

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.

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 for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach foreign languages.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit the Fulbright website at http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

-by Kerry G. Hill