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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - February 2021

By Mary Jane Chew

Purdue excels with Fulbright Student Scholars; Hosts Fulbright Chair

Twelve Boilermaker students have been offered Fulbright grants for research/study or English Teaching Assistantships through the program this academic year, earning Purdue a spot on the recent list of Fulbright U.S. Student Program Top Producing Institutions.

“We are proud of the global impact of Purdue scholarship, evidenced by the great work our faculty and students do,” said Rosanne Alstatt, assistant dean, National and International Scholarships Office, Honors College. “It’s because of that great work that Purdue has been named a 2020-21 Top Producer for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.”  

The recognition comes in a notable year, marking the 75th anniversary of The Fulbright Program.  From its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to foster international collaboration. 

At Purdue, U.S. students apply for Fulbright grants through the National and International Scholarships Office (NISO), which is housed in the Honors College.  

For the first time at Purdue, the Honors College, in combination with a new department/school for each year of the next five years, will host a distinguished scholar from Brazil to conduct research and teach as a Fulbright Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies.  

“It’s a true honor to host a Fulbright Chair,” said Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College. “Not many universities are selected to host a chair, so it’s especially thrilling that Purdue will reap the multiple benefits over the next five years.”

The first iteration begins Fall 2021 with Engineering Education as the inaugural co-host of the Chair.

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