The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is again ranked among the nation’s best for total Fulbright awards earned by students.
Announced by the U.S. State Department on Feb. 15, Nebraska finished with 10 student Fulbright awards for the 2020-21 academic year. The total earned the university a Top Producing award among the U.S. State Department’s list of doctoral-granting institutions.
“It was a difficult year, but we successfully worked through challenges and Nebraska is again counted among the best in the entire United States,” said Laura Damuth, director of national and international fellowship. “This is further proof that Nebraska is, in terms of Fulbright awards, a center for student success.”
The Top Producing Institution lists traditionally counts students who were awarded Fulbrights and completed the international experience. Due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 Top Producing data reflects the total number of awards offered, rather than the number of awards accepted.
Overall, Nebraska had 30 students submit Fulbright applications to be considered for the 2020-21 grants. Of the 30 applications, 16 were named semi-finalists with 10 selected to participate in the international program. Nebraska’s 33 percent yield in application to final award was one of the best in the nation.
Among the institutions ranked ahead of Nebraska on the Fulbright program’s Top Producing Institutions list, only Michigan State University (24) had fewer applications submitted.
Nebraska was also a top producer of student Fulbright awards in 2012, 2013 and 2019.
The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. More than 2,200 U.S. Students and 900 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright awards annually. In addition, some 4,000 Fulbright Foreign Students and Visiting Scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research, or teach their native language in U.S. institutions of higher education. Learn more about the Fulbright Program and how Huskers can apply for the award.