University of Richmond Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars

One of 18 Institutions Honored for Both
February 10, 2023

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — The University of Richmond is included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars for 2022–23. 

Richmond is among only 18 institutions to be honored in both categories and is one of only five primarily undergraduate institutions. Almost 600 U.S. institutions participate in Fulbright programs. 

UR’s Fulbright Scholar recipients for 2022–23 include:

  • American Studies professor Laura Browder, who was named a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in American Studies to study civil rights activism in Denmark.
  • Sylvia Gale, executive director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, who received a highly competitive Mid-Career Professional Development Award from the Fulbright Finland Foundation to study civic engagement in Helsinki.

It’s the fifth year in a row Richmond has been named a top-producer of Fulbright students, with eight awards in 2022–23. University of Richmond students were awarded Fulbright grants to live, work, and study around the world, including in Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, Morocco, and Spain. Richmond has had 75 student Fulbright grant recipients.

“The Fulbright program allows our students, faculty, and staff to engage in international study that enhances their learning and scholarship and enriches their lives,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Jeff Legro. “In turn, our Fulbrighters bring their incredible experiences and knowledge from across the globe back to our campus, which benefits our entire community.”

The Fulbright programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to support academic exchanges between the U.S. and more than 150 countries around the world. The list of top-producing institutions is published annually by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Thanks to the visionary leadership of these institutions, administrators, and advisors, a new generation of Fulbrighters — changemakers, as I like to say — will catalyze lasting impact on their campus, in their communities, and around the world,” said Lee Satterfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.