NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers University students and alumni received 14 Fulbright grants this year, putting the institution among the top producers of Fulbright students for the ninth consecutive year.

“For the ninth consecutive year, Rutgers University–New Brunswick continues its proud tradition of being a top American producer of Fulbright students,” Rutgers University–New Brunswick Chancellor Deba Dutta said. “This exemplifies our commitment to serving the public good by providing excellent education and outstanding research that enhances the quality of life for our students and for society as a whole.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the federal Department of State and awards approximately 1,500 grants to U.S. students every year.

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Most students who apply are seniors nearing graduation, but graduates and alumni are also eligible. The Fulbright Student Program provides grants for individually designed study or research projects, or for English teaching assistant programs. Recipients work, learn and live among the people of the country hosting them. 

“Academic records are important for an applicant, but the Fulbright Student Program is as much about cultural exchange as it is about scholarship,” said Arthur Casciato, director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

Listed below are the 2017-2018 Fulbright students from Rutgers and where they will study or teach:

Vandana Apte, Czech Republic

Elizabeth Hamilton, Sri Lanka

Ayah Issa, Malaysia

Alex Lin, Taiwan

Kathryn Lobo, Colombia

Ellen Miller, Taiwan

Sejal Mistry, India

Jennifer Noji, Germany

Katia Oltmann, Indonesia

Matthew Rosado, Czech Republic

Esther Rose-Wilen, Spain

Joyce Samarina, South Korea

Jan Siess, Slovak Republic

Tayla Williams, Taiwan

On August 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill into law, and Congress created the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government.

From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) was created by Congress to supervise the Fulbright Program. This 12-member Board, appointed by the President of the United States, works in cooperation with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the bi-national Fulbright Commissions and Foundations, and the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. embassies abroad, to administer the Program. The FFSB sets policies and procedures for administration of the Fulbright Program, has final authority for selection of all grantees, and supervises the conduct of the program both in the United States and abroad. Click here for a complete list of current FFSB members.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers. Bose Corporation founder Amar Bose, actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz are among notable former grantees. 

More than 360,000 Fulbrighters from the United States and other countries have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.