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Northwestern University Top Fulbright Producer

26 grant winners puts Wildcats among nation’s top three schools
  • Ranked in top 10 for 11th consecutive year
  • Northwestern third top Fulbright producer for second straight year
  • Winners tutor North Korean defectors, research solar energy and more 

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern University tied with Yale University as the nation’s third top producer of Fulbright U.S. Student Program winners among research institutions in 2015-16, according to a ranking published online in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Northwestern has rated among the top 10 research schools producing Fulbright grant winners for 11 consecutive years.

Both Northwestern and Yale had 26 winners. An additional three Fulbright grants were offered to Northwestern candidates but were declined.

Harvard led the pack with 31 winners; the University of Michigan was second with 29.

Students use the Fulbright, one of the most widely recognized and respected international exchange programs in the world, to study, teach or conduct research.

Northwestern’s newest 2015-16 Fulbright scholars are currently in the field, doing everything from tutoring North Korean defectors to researching solar energy and hazardous medical waste. They serve in all corners of the world, from South Africa and Germany to South Korea, Russia, Morocco, Peru, Vietnam and Jordan.

To read bios of Northwestern’s Fulbright winners and see where they are located, view the interactive map. 

“Every Fulbright applicant receives guidance not only on this particular application/competition but also on a myriad of other possibilities around the globe and domestically,” said Sara Anson Vaux, director of Northwestern’s Office of Fellowships.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the grants aim to foster leadership and build understanding between scholars and researchers in the United States and around the world.

To apply for the next round, enrolled undergraduate and graduate students must contact Northwestern University’s Office of Fellowships. Alums are also welcome to apply through the Office of Fellowships.

Contact Sara Anson Vaux, director of the Office of Fellowships, at, 847-491-2617, or Stephen Hill, senior associate director of the Office of Fellowships, at or Amy Kehoe, associate director or the Office of Fellowships, at

View the lists of Fulbright recipients.