When it comes to students and alumnae earning distinguished research and teaching opportunities that take them abroad, Barnard College is a leader within the Fulbright U.S. Students and Fulbright U.S. Scholars, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. On February 10, the organization recognized Barnard as a “Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. Students” — for the sixth year in row. 

This recognition is given to the U.S. colleges and universities that received the highest number of applicants selected for the 2022-23 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. In 2022, Barnard broke its own records, with 11 recipients and 21 semifinalists

“I’m so excited for the students and alums who are recipients of this prestigious award. And certainly, while we are always incredibly proud that Beyond Barnard is a part of this process, we know that it’s the excellence of the candidates themselves that makes this possible,” said A-J Aronstein, assistant vice president and senior advisor to the Provost. “What continues to be encouraging to me is that we have seen an increase in applicants — in members of the Barnard community putting themselves out there and participating in this process. Judging by our pipeline in 2023, our fingers are crossed that this year’s record may not actually stand for very long.”

Every year, the federal department announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S.’s flagship international educational exchange program, which is also among the largest and most diverse exchange programs in the world. Since the 2004-2005 academic year, Barnard has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution 13 times, demonstrating the College’s continued excellence in producing world-class scholars.

“On behalf of President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken, congratulations to the colleges and universities recognized as 2022-2023 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions, and to all the applicants who were selected for the Fulbright Program this year,” said Lee Satterfield, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. “Thanks to the visionary leadership of these institutions, administrators, and advisers, 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.”

About Fulbright

The Fulbright Program was established over 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. While the primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it benefits from additional support from foreign partner governments, non-governmental organizations, private organizations, corporate partnerships, and individual donors. Importantly, U.S. and foreign host institutions provide support as well. 
Fulbright alumni work to make a positive impact on their communities, sectors, and the world and have included 41 heads of state or government, 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 78 MacArthur Fellows, and countless leaders and changemakers who carry forward the Fulbright mission of enhancing mutual understanding. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit fulbrightprogram.org.