Oberlin Named Top Fulbright Producer for 2021-2022

March 2, 2022

Scott Wargo

Aerial view of Peters Hall
Photo credit: John Petersen

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has recognized Oberlin College for the 13th consecutive year as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students. Oberlin is fifth among baccalaureate institutions, sending nine scholars to study abroad during the 2021-2022 academic year.

“Oberlin’s success is a testament to the leadership development of an Oberlin experience and the global engagement of our students, faculty, staff, and curriculum,” says Nicholas Petzak, director of fellowships and awards. “I think it is particularly notable that Oberlin has remained a top-producer of Fulbright students during the pandemic. Our students have remained committed to the ‘promotion of international goodwill’ that drives the promise of the Fulbright Program and Obies have refused to forget about the broader world.”

Selected for their academic merit and leadership potential, the Fulbright Program provides students with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing communities around the world. Oberlin scholars are engaged in a range of experiences including collaborating with astrophysicists in Montréal, Canada, teaching English to secondary students in Austria, and researching the cultural heritage of Benin in West Africa.

The Fulbright Program was established more than 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“We congratulate the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2021-2022 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions and are especially delighted to celebrate the institutions that achieved this distinction for the first time this year. These institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States, and include Minority-Serving Institutions” says Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We thank the leadership of these institutions for supporting their faculty advisors and administrators, who are instrumental in guiding their students through the Fulbright application process.”

Since 1970, more than 250 Oberlin College students have received Fulbright awards.

Learn more about fellowship opportunities at Oberlin College.



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