Penn named a ‘top producer’ of 2023-24 Fulbright Scholars 

​​​​​​The U.S. Department of State’s flagship international educational exchange program named Penn a Fulbright U.S. Student Program ‘top producing institution’ this academic year, with 30 students and alumni offered an award.

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The U.S. Department of State has named the University of Pennsylvania a Fulbright U.S. Student Program “Top Producing Institution” for the 2023-24 academic year, as one of the colleges and universities with the highest number of Fulbright awardees. Last year 30 Penn students and alumni were offered Fulbright grants to more than 20 countries.

The Fulbright Program, founded in 1946, is the United States government’s flagship international educational exchange program, awarding grants to fund as long as 12 months of international experience. The U.S. Student Fulbright offers graduating college seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni from all backgrounds the opportunity to pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English.

“The mission of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to foster mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through educational exchange is a vital component of the State Department’s efforts to strengthen international relations,” says Jane Morris, executive director for Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships(CURF).

“Penn’s Fulbright recipients for 2023-24 are serving as outstanding representatives of Penn and the U.S. to the world, and we are exceptionally proud of them,” Morris says. “It is an honor for Penn to once again be named a Fulbright ‘Top Producing Institution,’ a recognition Penn has earned each year for the past 20 years.”

A virtual information session on the program will take place at 4 p.m. on March 26, with representatives from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and CURF, along with Fulbright alumni, speaking about award opportunities for U.S. citizens. Topics will include the types of Fulbright awards, application components, and helpful tips, in addition to answering questions.

Following the program overview, attendees will enter a breakout room with Angie Estévez, CURF Fulbright Program adviser, to learn more about applying for the Fulbright through Penn. Registration is required for the event.

Most 2023-24 recipients applied for the Fulbright with support from CURF. Penn students and alumni who are offered Fulbright awards for the 2024-2025 academic year will be announced in Penn Today in May.