By: Matt Kelly / University Communications
An unprecedented number of University of Virginia scholars will pursue their work on foreign shores with the help of Fulbright Scholarships this year.
Fourteen U.Va. alumni and graduate students have been offered the grants, presented by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. This puts them among 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-16 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
The U.Va. scholars will be teaching English in foreign countries such as India or pursuing their research in international academic centers.
“This is exciting news for the University and given the diversity among this group of students, I hope that it is also clear that Fulbright is an award for any student at U.Va., regardless of their field of study, interests or age,” said Andrus G. Ashoo, associate director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, which helped students through the application process. “I am already looking forward to more applicants from our students and alumni in the years to come. More than anything, I can’t wait to hear the stories from our students while they are abroad next year.”
The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Its primary source of funding is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the U.S. also provide support. The program operates in more than 160 countries and is administered by the Institute of International Education.