The award, one of the country’s most prestigious, offers students the opportunity to teach, study or pursue independent research in more than 140 countries.
Twenty-six seniors from Brown University’s Class of 2016 and two recent alumni have landed coveted Fulbright student scholarships to conduct research or teach abroad.
As the flagship international exchange initiative sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program is designed to build relationships between Americans and people in more than 140 countries across the globe to collectively address global challenges and work toward world peace.
Over the past 12 years, Brown has consistently ranked in the top 10 of Fulbright’s top-producing schools and is among the leading institutions within the Ivy League in securing Fulbright student scholarships. Selection is made based on a variety of factors including the quality of application, personal qualifications and academic record, and the extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright mission.
“There’s a real mission match between the Fulbright Program and Brown,” said Linda Dunleavy, associate dean of the College for fellowships. “With Brown’s unique approach to undergraduate education, students are the architects of their own education. They take risks and step outside of their comfort zone. Brown students are social justice-minded, interested in community service and have a global perspective. Fulbright maps on to that beautifully because the Fulbright mission is ultimately about creating world peace one relationship at a time.”
Rising seniors and recent graduates can apply for two types of Fulbright awards: research/study grants, which support independent projects or participation in graduate programs abroad, and English Teaching Assistantships, which support recipients in teaching English and sharing cultural and political perspectives about the U.S.
Anselmo Fuentes, one of two teaching assistantship recipients from Brown headed to Mexico next year, was born in Mexico but raised in San Diego. He sees the Fulbright as an opportunity to reconnect with his birth country and make a meaningful impact there. Afterward, he will join the Urban Teachers Program, where he will teach in a Washington public school and work toward a master’s in education from Johns Hopkins University.
“Teaching is my passion, and I plan to be an educator,” Fuentes said. “Through the Fulbright, I can do meaningful work but still get the travel and cultural experience that I want.”
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