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IU ranked among top producers for Fulbright US Student Program

IU ranked among the top among research institutions for awarding Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. 

Fifty-one IU student applied for the program this year, and 10 students received a grant. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers numerous awards, including grants for recent graduates or master’s or doctoral students working on research projects. It also includes grants that allows students to conduct research or teach English overseas. 

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the ranked universities Feb. 10. 

This is the fourth year in a row IU has been ranked as a top producer of Fulbright students. Seven IU recipients are participating in the English Teaching Assistant Program at other universities or overseas. The other three students received research awards and are studying in the Philippines, India and Jordan, according to an IU press release.

“The international experience is worthwhile,” said Duke Gatsos, graduate fellowships and awards coordinator. “Seeing other cultures and seeing what it’s like to live in another country is important.”

The Fulbright Program receives funding from Congress. In addition to research grants, the program awards grants scholars and faculty to teach or research around the world. It also assists foreign students coming to the U.S. to study.

Paul Fogleman, director of national scholarships and awards at IU, advises IU undergraduates interested in applying to the Fulbright Program. Gatsos advises graduate students.

Gatsos said the advisers have an internal review process and work with a faculty member with knowledge on the country that the student is applying to. They assist students with applications and essays to help them receive the grant.

“The grant allows them to work through their own research process,” Gatsos said. “It gives them great real-world experience.”

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