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15 recent College alums selected to participate in Fulbright US Student Program

View a complete list of the winners and their respective Fulbright teaching, research or graduate school placements

Since 1949, students and young alumni from UChicago have consistently earned opportunities to teach, research or obtain graduate degrees through the Fulbright Program, the flagship program of the U.S. State Department.

Teaching English in Brazil’s Amazon region, conducting biology research at the iconic Pasteur Institute in Paris, earning a Master's degree in Global Health at National Taiwan University, or conducting archival research in Austria are just a few of the unparalleled opportunities through which 800 UChicago Fulbrighters have made a global impact since the program’s inception.

This year, 15 recent College alums were selected for the Fulbright US Student Program, which aims to help American students build mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange.

UChicago has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. students by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for the past 17 years. 

A significant driving force behind the College’s success in the Fulbright program is the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF), which supports students in the College as they pursue faculty-mentored research opportunities and nationally competitive fellowships, such as Fulbright. Graduate student applicants to Fulbright are supported by UChicagoGRAD.

In February, the College spoke with two Fulbright winners in the 2021 Fulbright Cohort, Noelani Bernal, AB'21, and Ayushi Hegde, AB/BS'22, who shared their experiences navigating the application process with CCRF’s team of experienced advisers. Read their advice for future applicants here. 

The following members of the 2022 UChicago Fulbright Cohort were named as finalists for Fulbright’s 2023-2024 award year. Each student or alum of the College is listed with their respective degree track, graduation year, Fulbright host country and Fulbright award name. 

  • Mallory Brodnik (Molecular Engineering, 2023) Germany, Research Award
  • John Delaloye (History, Philosophy & Social Studies of Science & Medicine; Spanish Language & Literature, 2022) Spain, English Teaching Assistant Award
  • Chloe Duval (Political Science; Public Policy Studies, 2023) Bulgaria, Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation English Teaching Assistant Award
  • Sarah Fineman (Anthropology, 2020) Taiwan, English Teaching Assistant Award
  • Estrella Hernandez (Law, Letters & Society; Global Studies, 2023) Taiwan, English Teaching Assistant Award 
  • Amy Lu (English; Public Policy Studies, 2023) Taiwan, English Teaching Assistant Award
  • Adele Malle (Political Science, 2022) Jordan, Research Award
  • Kellin McGowan (Romance Languages & Literatures; Economics, 2023) Colombia, English Teaching Assistant Award
  • Emma Montgomery (Biological Sciences, 2023) Germany, Research Award
  • Sanjana Natesan (Public Policy Studies; Human Rights, 2023) Mexico, English Teaching Assistant Award
  • Isabella Ortega (Fundamentals, 2023) Vietnam, English Teaching Assistant Award
  • Gabriela Perez (Latin American & Iberian Languages; Global Studies, 2023) Brazil, English Teaching Assistant Award
  • August Wachter (Germanic Studies; Philosophy, 2023) Austria, Fulbright Community-Based Combined Award
  • Indigo Wright (Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, 2023) France, Fulbright/French Government English Teaching Assistant Award
  • Elizabeth Zazycki (Political Science; History, 2024) India, Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant Award