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WSU named top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Washington State University is among the colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars in 2021-22, said the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Funded by an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program is the federal government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It offers teaching and research grants for college and university faculty and administrators wishing to lecture or research abroad. The award can also go to artists, journalists, scientist, lawyers, independent scholars, and others.

“For 2021-2022, WSU has three faculty members—two from Pullman and one from Vancouver—who applied for and received Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards, and we are very proud of their achievement,” said Laura Griner Hill, WSU senior vice provost. She serves as one of WSU’s campus representatives for Fulbright Scholars.

“Since 1949-50, WSU has had more than 170 Fulbright U.S. Scholars,” Hill said. “All of our Fulbright recipients represent the U.S. and WSU while they are abroad, and when they return, they will share their experiences and results with their colleagues and community network here. The Fulbright program enriches all who are touched by it.”

WSU’s 2021-22 Fulbright U.S. Scholars

The WSU faculty engaged in Fulbright-supported efforts abroad are:

  • Carolyn N. Long, WSU Vancouver associate professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, is at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia where she is teaching on the subject of American politics. She was also a Fulbright there in 2009-2010.
  • Jeffrey C. Sanders, WSU Pullman associate professor in the Department of History, is at Cardiff University in Wales continuing his research into radiation movement through global ecosystems.
  • Richard Shafer, WSU Pullman consultant and editor for the WSU Graduate Writing Center, is at Kabale University in Uganda to establish a writing center at the medical school.

Fulbright programming at WSU

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar award is one of several types of Fulbrights available to faculty and students that aim to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student award, for example, supports Americans studying and researching abroad. WSU’s Distinguished Scholarships Program, in the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, works with students and alumni applying for these awards.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar program for WSU faculty is affiliated with the WSU Fulbright Academy, which assists faculty and others. It also welcomes international Fulbright scholars—both faculty and students—to WSU to work with professors, access research facilities, exchange ideas, and increase mutual understanding between countries.

Fulbright as a U.S. program

Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 people from all backgrounds have participated in the Fulbright program. It is active in more than 160 countries worldwide and partners with participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the U.S.

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