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University of Minnesota among nation's top producers of 2012-13 Fulbright Students

U of M ranks third among land-grant universities and 12th in the U.S. among research institutions with nineteen awards

November 12, 2012

The University of Minnesota ranks third among all land-grant colleges and universities, third in the Big Ten and 12th among all U.S. research institutions with 19 Fulbright Students for the 2012-13 academic year, according to a list compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

"The selection of 19 Fulbright Students reflects the quality of world leaders being educated at the University of Minnesota," said university Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson. "That the university ranks among national leaders is a testament to the strength of the University Honors Program, the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, and our Schools and Colleges. We are proud of these students, who will be outstanding contributors to their host countries, and excellent ambassadors for the University of Minnesota and the United States."

A record 12 U of M Twin Cities alumni were awarded 2012-13 bachelor-level Fulbright Scholarships and will participate in the country’s largest exchange program.  Additionally, one alumna received a Fulbright-affiliated teaching assistantship and six current U of M graduate students – including two university alumni – accepted graduate-level Fulbright Scholarships.

The University of California at Berkeley is first among land-grant institutions with 23 award recipients, while Rutgers University has 21. The University of Michigan led the nation with 40 students honored, while Northwestern University is second in the Big Ten with 22.

The full top-40 list of research institutions is available here.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Almost 1,700 American students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 140 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.

More information on the 19 University of Minnesota students awarded 2012-13 Fulbright Scholarships is available here.

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