Colorado State University named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Picture1The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars in 2015-2016. For the first time, Colorado State University appears on the list, tied for fourth place among other esteemed U.S. universities for most Fulbright grant recipients.

“This is a terrific accomplishment for Colorado State University,” said Jim Cooney, Vice Provost for International Affairs at CSU. “CSU has made significant investments in the past three years to increase applications to the Fulbright program, and they have obviously paid off. We are delighted to be tied with Ohio State University, Michigan State University and others for this honor.”

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. CSU’s six faculty and staff Fulbright grant awardees traveled to different countries, spanning three continents, to conduct teaching and research in their specialized areas of study.

The six CSU 2015-2016 Fulbright grant awardees were:

  • Travis Bailey, Associate Professor of Engineering, Research and Lecture Grant to the Netherlands
  • William Funk, Associate Professor of Biology, Research and Lecture Grant to Colombia
  • Chad Hoseth, Office of International Programs Director of International Initiatives, International Education Administrators Seminar in South Korea
  • Frank Peairs, Professor of Entomology, Research Grant to Uruguay
  • Yolanda Sarason, Associate Professor of Management, Research and Lecture Grant to Vietnam
  • John Spencer, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Research Grant to Brazil
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Chad Hoseth, Director of International Initiatives with the Office of International Programs, completed a Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar in South Korea during summer 2015.

The Fulbright Program

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in over 125 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. 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’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program on behalf of the Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. students and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach languages.