Boston College continues to rank among the nation’s top 25 Fulbright-producing research institutions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which has published its compilation for the 2018-19 academic year. Fifteen BC students won Fulbright awards—which support a post-baccalaureate year abroad to study, teach English, or conduct research—out of an applicant pool of 64 in this period.
Since 2006, 265 BC students have earned Fulbrights, awarded on the basis of applicants’ academic merit and leadership potential.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world, affording young scholars the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
“I am very happy for, and proud of, all the BC students who received Fulbright grants this past year,” said Political Science Professor of the Practice Paul Christensen, director of BC’s Fulbright program. “A number of our students are teaching English abroad with their Fulbright grants, while others are doing research on a wide range of subjects.
"I am equally proud of all of our students who, although they did not receive a grant, took the time and energy to apply for a Fulbright," he said. "It is a great credit to our students that, year in and year out, Boston College has such a talented and accomplished pool of applicants.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues on the Fulbright advising staff who do such a wonderful job working with our students on their applications, and all the other members of the BC community who support and mentor our students through this process.”
Other top Fulbright producers among research institutions include Brown, Princeton, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Northwestern, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Yale, UMass-Amherst, and Tufts. The Chronicle also included rankings for master’s and bachelor’s institutions as well as special-focus four-year institutions such as art schools, conservatories, and seminaries.