With 17 student awards, Boston College is once again among the nation's top 20 Fulbright-producing research institutions, according to the 2017-18 tally by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
BC's 17 Fulbright awards from an applicant pool of 56 raise the total number of Fulbrights won by Boston College students to 250 since 2006.
“Seventeen recent alumni are currently advancing international understanding as Fulbright scholars this academic year,” said Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley. “It's wonderful to know that these young women and men are employing their Boston College education to teach and research in a range of settings around the globe, doing their part to ‘light the world' at a particularly challenging time for international relations.”
“Special congratulations go to the students and alumni of Boston College who received grants this year; they are doing amazing work as researchers and teachers in countries around the world, and it is always a highlight of my year to see so many of our students excel as Fulbright scholars,” said Paul Christensen, director of the Boston College student Fulbright program.
“The fact that Boston College is once again among the top Fulbright producing research universities is a testament first and foremost to the quality of our students, to their inventiveness, breadth of interests, and hard work," Christensen said. "The success of Boston College is also the result of the dedication of the Fulbright advising staff, and my fellow advisors. The Fulbright program relies a great deal on the support that our students receive from their professors and mentors who read drafts of proposals, write letters of recommendation, assess language skills, and participate every year in the campus interview process. Finally, the continued support of the administration of the University, particularly the Provost's office and the Office of University Fellowships, is key to the ongoing success of the Fulbright program here at BC."
Fulbright awards support a post-baccalaureate year abroad to study, teach English or conduct research. Recipients are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world.