University of Richmond Announces Eight Fulbright Semi-Finalists for 2020-2021

The University of Richmond is pleased to announce that eight students have been named Semi-Finalists, advancing to the final round of selection for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2020-2021 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Selection is made in two phases: first, applicants must past through the U.S.-based National Screening Committee. These Semi-Finalists are then forwarded to the individual country commissions for the final round of selection. Final selection decisions will be made on a rolling basis from March-May. 

Over 10,000 students from 700+ institutions applied this year for one of over 1,900 grants to study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.  

The University of Richmond’s Fulbright Semi-Finalists include seven current undergraduates, and one alumni; the group represents two of UR’s five academic schools. Semi-Finalists are listed below with their name, host country, and grant type: 

  • Emily Churchill, Mexico, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Nadia Neman, France, Fulbright-Paris Seine University Award
  • Helen Owen, Mexico, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Jacob Plott, Bulgaria, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Ella Reed, Austria, Fulbright Community-Based Combined Award
  • Zoe Romano, Argentina, Research-Creative Writing
  • Gabriela Telepman, Mexico, Binational Internship Program
  • Mehreen Usman, Malaysia, English Teaching Assistantship

"The Fulbright is a wonderful fit for Richmond students. We know our students are deeply interested in cultural exchange and are heavily engaged in their campus and communities; the Fulbright allows them to combine these interests after graduation, acting as ambassadors for the U.S. abroad,” said Dana Kuchem, Director of the Office of Scholars and Fellowships.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered at the University of Richmond through the Office of Scholars and Fellowships. Interested students should plan to attend an information session this spring, or come to our Fulbright Launch event on March 26th at 5:00 p.m. in the International Commons. More information can be found on our website.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually in over 140 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation by the United States Congress to the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.      

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit