UNC has recently been selected as a Top-Producing Institution for Fulbright U.S. students.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed for graduating college seniors, graduate students or young professionals and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
This recognition is given to U.S. colleges with the most amount of acceptances into the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. In the 2022-2023 cycle, 16 UNC students were awarded Fulbright scholarships, which include English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards.
The ETA places students in schools abroad to work with English language learners, ranging from kindergarteners to university students.
Other open study and research awards are also Fulbright opportunities.
“This allows Fulbrighters to either conduct independent research in partnership with an international institution of some sort or to enroll in a graduate degree program abroad," Emmy Grace, program manager for global education and UNC Fulbright program adviser, said.
Grace said she believes many students are drawn to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program because of their global education or experiences at UNC. This includes study abroad, extracurricular activities such as volunteer work or learning a new language.
“These different touch points of global experiences, having strong academic background, curiosity and ambition. Those are things that contribute to successful Carolina applicants and what has helped make UNC a Top Producing Fulbright institution,” Grace said.
As for Vice Provost for Global Affairs Barbara Stephenson, UNC's Global Guarantee and the “tireless” Fulbright advisers on campus are the reason why the University is a top producer for this program.