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UChicago ranked as #3 Fulbright ‘Top-Producing’ institution

University of Chicago ranked 3rd in the nation as a Fulbright ‘Top-Producing’ institution.

This week the Chronicle of Higher Education and Fulbright released its annual Top-Producer’s list and the University of Chicago is tied for third in the nation, with a total of 26 Fulbright student grant recipients. This includes undergraduate and graduate student scholars.

The current cohort of College Fulbright scholars represent a wide-variety of disciplines including the biological sciences, linguistics, political science, mathematics, and sociology. Five students will use their Fulbright grants to engage in academic and/or independent research, while others will serve in English teaching roles. They will be working around the globe, in places such as Jordan, Argentina, Poland, Uruguay, Germany and South Korea.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country's largest educational exchange program, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and teaching opportunities worldwide. The program aims to facilitate cultural exchange and promote mutual understanding by supporting study or research abroad.

Again, our congratulations to the outstanding 2016-2017 University of Chicago undergraduate and alumni scholars, their fields of study and locations are:

  1. Peter Chen, Biological Sciences: Switzerland (Academic) - Project title: 'Engineering a Bicyclic Peptide as a Covalent Antagonist of a Cancer Growth Factor'
  2. Ryan Chiew, Anthropology: Taiwan (English Teaching Assistant)
  3. Connor Cunningham, Linguistics, Mathematics: Uruguay (English Teaching Assistant)
  4. James Kiselik, Mathematics, joint-master’s student in the Humanities: South Korea (English Teaching Assistant)
  5. Timothy Juang, Sociology: Taiwan (English Teaching Assistant)
  6. Veronika Kondev, Biological Sciences: Poland (Academic) - Project title: 'Role of mGluRs in addiction and mood disorders'
  7. Anna Newport, Political Science: Jordan (Academic) - Project title: 'Nationhood and Identity Construction in Jordanian Community Centers'
  8. Brandon Waldon, Linguistics, College alum: Germany (Academic) - Project title: 'Investigating Vagueness in Language Use'
  9. Matthew Walsh, Economics, Political Science, College alum: Argentina (Academic) - Project title: 'Design Implications of Argentina's Most Successful Antipoverty Program: A CCT Study'

A total of 26 University of Chicago students are currently on Fulbright fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year. An additional 14 undergraduates and graduates were named as alternates.

The 2017-2018 fellowship year looks to be as successful: 29 current undergraduates and 24 current graduates are national finalists for Fulbright grants. Awards for this coming fellowship year will be announced beginning in March 2017.

Undergraduate students and College alum who are interested in applying for the upcoming Fulbright competition should contact Nicholas Morris, Assistant Director of the College Center for Scholarly Advancement, Complete campus application details are available at:

Graduate students interested in applying for the Fulbright should contact Jessica Smith, Director of Fellowships with UChicago Grad,

Faculty, post-doctoral, and professional level-candidates interested in applying for the Fulbright Scholars program should contact Nichole Fazio, Director of the Center for Scholarly Advancement and the university-wide Fulbright FPA, Senior scholar- level candidates should consult the CIES website: