The lists of nearly 200 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars abroad in academic year 2019-2020 are now available.  The list of top producers highlights the Fulbright Program’s strong institutional diversity and impact on American communities across the United States.

The lists are compiled by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, and are organized by the 2018 Carnegie Classification.

Topping this year’s lists of institutions that sent the most U.S. Students abroad on the Fulbright Program are:

Doctoral Institutions

Georgetown University (District of Columbia)

Master’s Institutions

James Madison University (VA)

Baccalaureate Institutions

Bates College (ME)

Four-Year Special-Focus Institutions

Rhode Island School of Design (RI)

Fulbright Students are recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals.

Topping this year’s lists of institutions that sent the most U.S. Scholars abroad on the Fulbright Program are:

Doctoral Institutions

Pennsylvania State University at University Park (PA)

Master’s Institutions

Appalachian State University (NC)

Baccalaureate Institutions

Harvey Mudd College (CA) (tie)

Washington and Lee University (VA) (tie)

Wheaton College (IL) (tie)

Associate and Baccalaureate/Associate Institutions

City University of New York La Guardia Community College

Four-Year Special-Focus Institutions

University of California at San Francisco

Fulbright Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals.

To see a full list of the institutions by category, visit the Fulbright Top Producing Institutions website and

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems.  Faculty and administrators advance professionally as a result of their participation in the U.S. Scholar Program.  U.S. higher education institutions also benefit from new viewpoints from abroad and international collaborations, which often lead to discoveries and breakthroughs that have a global impact.

The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.  Over 8,000 U.S. Students, U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, and Foreign Students and Scholars are awarded grants each year to study, lecture, conduct research, or teach their native language on the program.

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